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Alumni in the News for October 2017

Wake Forest School of Law alumni are featured regularly in the media. Following is a roundup of news mentions from October 2017: Continue reading »

Robert ‘Bobby’ Higdon Jr. (BA ’85, JD ’89) sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of N.C.

Robert “Bobby” J. Higdon, Jr. (BA ’85, JD ’89), a white collar and investigations partner for Williams Mullen in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been sworn in as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, following his nomination by President Donald Trump on Aug. 2, 2017, and confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 28.

Photo of Robert "Bobby" J. Higdon, Jr. (JD '89, BA '85 )courtesy of WWay News

Robert J. Higdon, Jr. [Photo courtesy of WWay News]

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Judge ‘Gil’ Burnett (JD ’56) receives StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award

Judge Gilbert “Gil” Henry Burnett (JD ’56), of Burgaw, North Carolina, has received a StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award.  Judge Burnett, one of three winners of this year’s award, served as district judge for North Carolina’s 5th Judicial District from 1969 to 1992.

A portion of the StarNews article written by Ben Steelman on Judge Burnett’s award and career highlights follows.

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Wake Forest School of Law graduates have highest bar passage rate among North Carolina law schools

Wake Forest School of Law graduates had the highest overall bar passage rate (which includes repeaters) at 86 percent among North Carolina law schools for the North Carolina bar exam in July 2017. That’s compared with a state overall passage rate of 62 percent, according to the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

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Roy L. McDonald II (JD ’00) selected to serve as Deputy Command Judge Advocate

Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney Roy L. McDonald II (JD ’00), a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, has been selected to serve as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the 166th Regional Support Group “Taino Warriors,” located at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.  The Deputy Command Judge Advocate is the second most senior legal adviser in the command. Continue reading »

Remembering Leary Davis (BA ’64, JD ’67)

Leary Davis (BA ’64, JD ’67),  founding dean of the law schools at Campbell and Elon universities, died on July 20, 2017, of leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was 75. He is believed to be the only person to be the founding dean of two law schools, according to news reports. Continue reading »

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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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