Alumni

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Alumni Profile: Marcus Fields (BA ’10, JD ’16) finds career in elder law very rewarding

As a student working in Wake Forest Law’s Elder Law Clinic, Marcus Fields (BA ’10, JD ’16) watched a client struggle to balance his full-time job with overseeing his mother’s care in a local nursing home, while also selling her home in another part of the state. The man made a common error that could have put his mother in danger of being dropped from the Medicaid rolls.

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Reid Whitten (JD ’07) named managing partner at the Sheppard Mullin London office

Former Fletcher Scholar, Reid Whitten (JD ’07), has been named managing partner of the London office of Sheppard Mullin. Following is a brief interview about his journey and transition to London.

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Bobby Griffin (JD ’67) inducted into N.C. Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame

Four new members of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame were inducted on Thursday, June 22, at the 119th NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.

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North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Derek Bast (JD ’15)

Wake Forest Law is the only ranked law school in the country that is also home to a working business court. When the North Carolina Business Court heard its first case in January 2017 in its newest court located in the Worrell Professional Center, it came to light that Wake Forest Law alumni are currently working as clerks within each of the four state business court locations in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro as well as Winston-Salem. Derek Bast (JD ’15) is the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis A. Bledsoe III at the North Carolina Business Court in Charlotte. Bast, who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, studied Classical Languages Major, Religious Studies Minor at Vanderbilt University. A highlight of his clerkship so far has been getting to see a case through to a jury verdict. “Trials are remarkably dynamic compared to the measured process of motion practice,” he said. Following is an interview with Bast about his clerkship.

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Adjunct Professor David C. Smith (JD ’84) named co-recipient of Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by D.C. Bar

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP partner and Adjunct Professor David Coventry Smith (JD ’84) has been honored as a co-recipient of the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by the D.C. Bar, according to its website. Continue reading »

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Alumni, Professor Joel Newman among those to be honored at annual NCBA meeting June 22-25

A number of Wake Forest Law alumni are among those set to be honored at the 119th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25, 2017, in Asheville. Continue reading »

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Paul Lancaster Adams (JD ’93) featured in Lawdragon.com’s ‘Lawyer Limelight’

Paul Lancaster Adams (JD ’93) was recently featured in Lawdragon.com’s weekly “Lawyer Limelight” segment for his exceptional career as a litigator. Based in Philadelphia, Adams currently practices at Ogletree Deakins. He has won numerous accolades for his work, including recognition in Lawdragon’s Guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers.

The original Q&A was published on Lawdragon.com on June 11, 2017, and it is posted below.  Continue reading »

Virginia Johnson (JD ‘85) appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Virginia Johnson (JD ‘85) was recently appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

 The Department of the Interior welcomed 19 staff members to spearhead the department throughout the Trump Administration. Newly-appointed positions include Chief of Staff to the Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, Principal Deputy Solicitor and two Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries.

The original story “Dept. of Interior announces 19 new hires” was published in the Samoa News on June 4, 2017. An excerpt from the article is posted below. Continue reading »

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North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Kaitlin Price (BA ’13, JD ’16)

Wake Forest Law is the only ranked law school in the country that is also home to a working business court. When the North Carolina Business Court heard its first case in January 2017 in its newest court located in the Worrell Professional Center, it came to light that Wake Forest Law alumni are currently working as clerks within each of the four state business court locations in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro as well as Winston-Salem. Kaitlin Price (BA ’13, JD ’16) is the Judicial Law Clerk at North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro. A native of Albermarle, North Carolina, Price is gaining hands-on litigation experience, increasing her understanding of business law and interacting with some of the state’s top business attorneys as part of her clerkship. Following is an interview with Price about her clerkship. Continue reading »

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Watch Livestream of ‘Justice for Shylock’ featuring Wake Forest faculty, alumni with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday, June 21

The Library of Congress will host “Justice for Shylock: A Mock Appeal Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public. Registration does not guarantee seats.

The event will also be Livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

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