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Mrs. P.J. Morant, Associate Justice Cheri L. Beasley, Dean Blake D. Morant, Mrs. Stewart, The Honorable Carl E. Stewart, and Professor Beth Norbrey Hopkins at the 29th Annual BLSA Banquet.

WFU Black Law Students Association scholarship banquet deemed huge success

The Wake Forest University Black Law Students Association (BLSA) 29th Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, has been deemed a huge success by organizers and attendees alike. “This was the most successful annual banquet yet,” according to BLSA President Ashley Waring (’15), noting it exceeded all of the organization’s past banquets in attendance.

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Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox to present findings to U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, March 10

Professor John Knox, U.N. Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, will present his annual report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, March 10.

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Professor Steve Nickles

Professor Steve Nickles co-teaching unique course with UNC-W professor on HR Policy/Practice and Business Torts

For the first time, Wake Forest Law Professor Steve Nickles is co-teaching a unique class with University of North Carolina-Wilmington Professor Jessica Magnus on the topic of HR Policy/Practice & Business Torts. The course is offered to Wake Forest Law students virtually using WebEx.

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Wake Forest Law Review to host colloquium, ‘Law as Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,’ on April 10-11

The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Spring 2014 Colloquium, “Law as Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” April 10-11,  on  the Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus.  The colloquium is co-sponsored by The Wake Forest Law Review, the Wake Forest Humanities Institute, and Wake Forest’s Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe). Continue reading »

Rebeca Echevarria ('14)

Student Profile: Rebeca E. Echevarria (’14)

Rebeca E. Echevarria (’14) is president of the Student Bar Association, the Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association, and the Women in Law Society. She is among the editorial staff of the law school’s Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law and served as the Stanley Moot Court Competition Chair during her third year of law school.

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Professor Gregory Parks and the Honorable Andre Davis

Jurist in Residence Andre Davis believes lawyers play key role in social justice

The Honorable Andre M. Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond is in love with the law.  He thinks law students need to be as well. “Pursue your legal studies as an act of love because it will empower you to achieve just incredible, incredible things,” he told Wake Forest Law students on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in a conversation-style lecture with Professor Gregory Parks. Continue reading »

The Chronicle: History-making judge to speak at BLSA banquet

The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association will host its 29th annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center, 251 N Spruce St.



Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Carl E. Stewart will provide the keynote address. Stewart is the first African American Chief Judge on the Fifth Circuit.  He also serves as vice president of the American Inns of Court Foundation.  Stewart is known for his commitment to community service and his receipt of numerous awards for his contributions to charitable and educational activities and events.  Furthermore, he is a board member of the Norwela Council Boy Scouts of America, is a chairman of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. National Service Award Selection Committee for Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America National Scoutreach Committee at the national level.

The evening will also feature the awarding of the annual BLSA Scholarships and the presentation of the BLSA Legacy Award. The banquet is the annual fundraising effort for the BLSA Scholarship Fund. This year, BLSA celebrates its 30th year the scholarship has been in place.

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a full program at 6.

“This banquet will be bigger than ever and we are looking forward to an amazing evening,” says Ashley N. Waring (’15),  BLSA vice-president and Scholarship Banquet Committee Chair. “As a nation, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and Martin Luther King Jr,’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Banquet tickets are $60 per person for non-Wake Forest Law students and $30 per person for Wake Forest Law students. A table for 10 is available for $600. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Jan. 31 for non-Wake Forest Law students, as they will not be available at the door. You may also show your support by making a donation to the BLSA Scholarship Fund.

View the original article on The Chronicle here.

Professor Sidney Shapiro

Professor Sidney Shapiro quoted in Bloomberg BNA

University Chair in Law Professor Sidney Shapiro was recently quoted in the Feb. 27th issue of the Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter article, “Chamber Unleashes Barrage of Comments Critical of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule.”  Shapiro was quoted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s criticism of the recently proposed OSHA silica rule. Continue reading »

Craig Principe (’12) co-prosecutor in case leading to tougher N.C. child abuse laws

Craig Principe (’12)  was the co-prosecutor in the Union County, N.C., trial of the defendant accused (now convicted) of serious child abuse inflicting unfortunately permanent injury.  This crime led to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to sign “Kilah’s Law,” raising the sentencing range for those convicted of serious child abuse. Continue reading »

Professor Michael Curtis cited in article “When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia”

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

– Judge Leon M. Bazile, January 6, 1959

The most remarkable thing about Arizona’s “License To Discriminate” bill is how quickly it became anathema, even among Republicans. Both 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called upon Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto this effort to protect businesses that want to discriminate against gay people. So did Arizona’s other senator, Jeff Flake. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Indeed, three state senators who voted for this very bill urged Brewer to veto it before she finally did so on Wednesday, confessing that they “made a mistake” when they voted for it to become law.

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