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Tim Readling (JD ’16) to clerk for North Carolina Court of Appeals

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13

Tim Readling (’16) has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Robert N. Hunter, Jr. of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Readling’s clerkship year will begin no later than January 1, 2017. Continue reading »

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Professor Tim Davis discusses how athletes choose which school to attend in the Raleigh News & Observer

Professor Tim Davis was quoted in the following story, “Large number of transfers rocks college basketball,” originally published in the Raleigh News & Observer on April 24, 2016.

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Professor John Knox quoted in article about Paris climate deal

Professor John Knox was quoted in the following article, “Paris climate deal falls short, U.N. expert says,” originally published on UPI.com on April 21, 2016.

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Austin Thompson (JD ’17) and Professor Steve Virgil need your vote in Nano Startup Challenge in Cancer

Austin Thompson (JD ’17) and Professor Steve Virgil are members of a Wake Forest cross-disciplinary team competing in this year’s Nano Startup Challenge in Cancer. In order to advance into the next round of the competition, the video created by C6ENTINEL needs to have the most votes. Voting for their video on Youtube by giving the video a “thumbs up” ends on Friday, April 22.

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Pro Bono Project earns American Bar Association ‘A Day of Service’ award for 2015 Pro Bono Week

The Pro Bono Project is the recipient of the American Bar Association (ABA) Day of Service Award from the Law Student Division thanks in part to Wake Forest Law students’ dedication to pro bono legal services, especially during the ABA’s Pro Bono Week in October 2015.

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Professor Steve Virgil featured in article discussing April’s NC Investor Day conference

Professor Steve Virgil was featured in the following article, “NC Investor Day conference focuses on financing opportunities for startups,” originally published in WRAL TechWire on April 18, 2016.

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Wake Forest Law wins North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy for third year in a row

Wake Forest Law has continued its winning streak as the largest contributor per capita (and on the whole) in the Law School category of the North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy. Wake Forest Law students donated 8965.25 pounds of food for an average of 13.28 pounds of food per person.

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Eric Panicco, a graduate student studying under Professor Sidney Shaprio, authors article in CPRBlog

Eric Panicco, a candidate for Master of Arts in Sustainability at Wake Forest University who is undertaking an independent study for Wake Forest Law Professor and CPR Member Scholar Sidney Shapiro, authored the following article, “Good News for North Carolina Coasts, ” originally published in CPRBlog on April 18, 2016.  Continue reading »

Professor Beth Hopkins (BA ’73), inaugural director of the Smith Anderson Center for Community Outreach, retires after 30-plus years at Wake Forest University

Professor Beth Hopkins (BA ’73) is retiring from Wake Forest University after more than 30 years in various roles, most recently as the inaugural director of the Smith Anderson Center for Community Outreach at Wake Forest Law. In her role as outreach director since 2010, she has overseen the law school’s Pro Bono Project and the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO). A celebration of her contributions will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Law Commons of the Worrell Professional Center.

Hopkins’ retirement was reported by several sources, including the William & Mary Law School website, in  an article titled, “Professor Beth Hopkins, JD ’77, Retires After Distinguished Career At Wake Forest,” published on May 11, 2016.  Hopkins graduated from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1977.

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Danya Bin Mahaysin, SJD, Presents Dissertation on Saudi Arabian Adoption of CEDAW

In a very short time, Danya Bin Mahaysin will hold the distinction of being the first woman to graduate from the relatively young SJD program at Wake Forest Law. Recently, Bin Mahaysin successfully defended her dissertation to her faculty advising committee, which included Professor Barbara Lentz and Professor Rebecca Morrow, and then presented her research and findings to faculty, staff, and fellow classmates.

Bin Mahaysin’s dissertation is entitled “Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Saudi Arabia: Towards a Powerful CEDAW.” The dissertation and Bin Mahaysin’s presentation of it explores areas in which Saudi Arabia has both succeeded and failed in implementing the mandates of CEDAW. Bin Mahaysin began her presentation with a brief history of CEDAW, and the Saudi ratification of that convention, as well as an overview of the Saudi Arabian legal system and its history and legislative processes.

The heart of Bin Mahaysin’s research involved three Saudi Arabian laws that are in direct conflict with CEDAW. The first of these is the law of nationality, which restricts women’s rights in terms of passing their nationality to their children. Further, employment laws that include lower retirement rates, restrictions on areas of practice, and a lack of sexual harassment regulations. And finally the guardianship system, in which men have the right of guardianship over their wives, daughters, and sisters. This system leads to forced marriages, no legal standing in divorce proceedings, and denied rights to education.

Bin Mahaysin explained why she chose this topic for her dissertation, saying that there needs to be a Saudi Arabian voice discussing and helping to solve Saudi Arabian problems. This was evident in the solutions she offered. These included reformations of the previously mentioned laws, following in the footsteps of other middle-eastern countries that have done the same. Bin Mahaysin also suggests that a group of like-minded activists, much like the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the United States, may be able to affect the change needed. Bin Mahaysin also suggested finding new, cooperative international mechanisms that would activate the CEDAW convention and enforce all signatory countries to respect the whole of its provisions.

After her presentation, Bin Mahaysin took questions and comments from her colleagues and professors, specifically on the feasibility of enforcing any changes, and questions on the conflict between CEDAW and Sharia law. The presentation closed with Bin Mahaysin thanking Professor Shannon Gilreath, her dissertation advisor, and a hearty round of applause for Bin Mahaysin herself.