Alumni

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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 »

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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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NCBA honors Judge Fred Morrison Jr. (JD ’63) with first Administrative Law Award

Judge Fred Morrison (JD ’63) was recently honored with the first Administrative Law Award for Excellence from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). The NCBA published the following story, “Administrative Law Honors Morrison,” on its website.

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Shaka Mitchell (JD ’04) asks ‘Can helicopter parents save struggling schools?’ at Nashville TEDx Talk

Shaka Mitchell (JD ’04) gave a TEDx Talk in Nashville entitled, “Can helicopter parents save struggling schools?,” on May 8 2017.

During the talk, Mitchell says, “Despite what you might think, we are all helicopter parents to some degree. Let’s channel that energy in ways that benefit our kids – all kids – in school, not just on the athletic fields.”

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Larry Harris (JD ’65) receives Liberty Bell Award from Cabarrus County Bar Association

The Cabarrus County Bar Association honored attorney Larry Harris (JD ’65) with the Liberty Bell Award for his 51 years of service, according to the following story, “Law Day” that was published in the Independent Tribune on May 6, 2017. A similar story was published in the Cabarrus Magazine. Continue reading »

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Corena Norris-McCluney (JD ’00) enjoys having a seat at Krispy Kreme’s table

Indulging in a hot, glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut is a sweet reminder of success for Corena Norris-McCluney (JD ‘00). As vice president and general counsel of the Winston-Salem-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, she faces the unique challenges of helping run an international business on a daily basis. Continue reading »

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Kimberly Stevens (JD ’92) uses lessons learned at Wake Forest Law to defend high-profile, federal capital cases

Kimberly Stevens (JD ’92) once worked for six months without much success to establish a rapport with a man accused of murder. One day she asked him to describe his earliest memory.

“He told me about being shut inside a garbage can with the lid on and hearing the garbage truck coming to get him,” she said. “I asked him how old he was. He said three.”

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Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), John Robinson to present CLE program, ‘The Ethics of Clarence Darrow,’ on April 25 at Johnston County Courthouse

Wake Forest Law will host a two-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for the North Carolina Bar Association from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in the Johnston County Courthouse’s Old Superior Courtroom.

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Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (JD ’79) appointed to N.C. Banking Commission

Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (JD ’79) has been appointed to the North Carolina State Banking Commission.

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Remembering Porter B. Byrum (JD ’42)

Porter B. Byrum (JD ’42), an attorney, businessman, philanthropist and Wake Forest alumnus from Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away on March 27, 2017. He was 96.

No person has been a more generous benefactor to Wake Forest than Byrum, whose lifetime giving has totaled more than $50 million. In 2011, he donated to Wake Forest $40 million, the largest gift in the institution’s history, with the sale of the Park Road Shopping Center in Charlotte. His generosity spanned the course of decades, and because of him, hundreds of students were afforded the same opportunity for a quality Wake Forest education that he had.

“Wake Forest has lost a loyal friend in Porter Byrum,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “His generosity demonstrates his belief that perseverance can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, that education equals opportunity, and that helping others is the key to a meaningful and well-lived life. Julie and I have also lost a dear friend, who we came to know and love over a number of years. We will miss him greatly and will cherish the memories of our wonderful times together.”

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