Alumni

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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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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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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 »

Photo of Kelly Warlich (JD ’16) in Winston-Salem's North Carolina Business Court

North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Kelly Warlich (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 and now in Winston-Salem. Kelly Warlich (JD ’16) is the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael Robinson at the North Carolina Business Court in Winston-Salem. A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, Warlich majored in psychology at Oberlin College before attending Wake Forest Law. “I have really enjoyed seeing hearings and attorneys’ different argument styles, as well as hearing the perspectives of, and learning from, the Business Court judges,” she says. Following is an interview with Warlich about her clerkship.

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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 »

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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 »