Alumni

Photo of Adjunct Professor David Smith (JD '94) in his office at Kilpatrick Townsend

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 »

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, 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. 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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David S. Jonas (JD ‘81) expected to be named U.S. Department of Energy general counsel

David S. Jonas (JD ‘81) wears many hats. From being a partner at Fluet, Herbert & Hoang to serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, Jonas is expected to become the next general counsel for the Department of Energy. On May 23, 2017, the Office of the Press Secretary reported President Donald  J. Trump announced his intent to nominate some key positions in his Administration, Jonas being among the nominees. Continue reading »

Group photo of graduates and award winners Jasmine Pitt ('15), Bray Taylor ('15), Elizabeth Bahati Mutisya ('15) and Gelila Selassie ('15)

Gelila Selassie (JD ’15) to work with North Carolina seniors as 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow

A former co-director of Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project has been named a 2017 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellow. Gelila Selassie (JD ’15) joins 77 recent law graduates who will dedicate the next two years to providing legal service to low-income and underserved populations. Selassie is the only 2017 fellow from Wake Forest Law.

In her role as a EJW Fellow, she will work to improve the quality of life for seniors in North Carolina through legal representation in health care access and elder abuse cases while hosted at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, according to EJW. Her fellowship is sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.

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Three alumni among NCBA 2017 Citizen Lawyer Award recipients to be honored in June

Ray Bretzmann (BA ’71, JD ’74), Robert Ramseur (BA ’92, JD ’95) and Susan Harman-Scott (JD ‘86) of Manteo are among those who will receive Citizen Lawyer Awards on Friday, June 23, recently received the North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award. Bretzmann and Ramseur are two of 12 lawyers among the 10th class of Citizen Lawyer Award recipients who will be recognized at the 2017 NCBA Annual Meeting scheduled June 22-25, 2017, at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville for exemplary public service to their communities. Bretzmann serves on the board of multiple community organizations and owns his own practice in High Point, North Carolina. Ramseur is the Partner/Chair of the Real Estate Department at Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, North Carolina. Harman-Scott has her firm, Susan Harman-Scott, Attorney at Law, in Manteo. Continue reading »

Greenville, North Carolina, City Attorney David A. Holec (JD ’80) announces retirement

Greenville, North Carolina, City Attorney David A. Holec (JD ’80) announced his retirement after nearly 37 years in municipal law and 20 years with Greenville’s City Council. The story, “After two decades, city attorney transitions out,” that follows was originally published on The Daily Reflector’s website on May 13, 2017. Continue reading »