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Marc Rigsby (’12) and Bennett Rainey (’12) co-found shoelace company ‘Crayon Lacing’

Crayon Lacing is on a mission to spice up the wardrobes of traditional businessmen one pair of colorful, waxed shoelaces at a time. This month, we sat down with co-founder and Charlotte native Bennett Rainey (’12) to talk about his sartorial start-up and the pair of colored laces that are enhancing more than just wingtips.

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Zach Linsey (’12) helps launch website addressing state, local policy issues

Zach Linsey (’12) and several other young attorneys working in Washington, D.C., have started a website to address state and local policy issues. Continue reading »

David Scott (’12) calls on Congress to repeal the Beer Excise Tax

Today, many politicians, brewers, trade groups and consumers are seeking relief from the excise tax on beer.

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Rich Dietz ('02)

Richard Dietz (’02) to argue case before U.S. Supreme Court in January

Thanksgiving will likely pass in a blur this year for Rich Dietz (’02), and he’s already warned his wife that he’ll be working over Christmas, pro bono, no less. That’s fine with Dietz, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend, because he recently became a member of the legal profession’s 1 percent – that’s the 1 percent of lawyers who will argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Steve Owens (’80) named interim chancellor at University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader.

University System President Tim Wolfe on Monday named general counsel Steve Owens (’80) as interim chancellor of the flagship campus while the search for Brady Deaton’s successor continues. Owens was previously the interim system president for 13 months after Gary Forsee’s January 2011 resignation. He returned to his job once Wolfe took over in February 2012.

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Margaret McDermott Hunt (’75) Elected Vice-President of N.C. State Bar

Brevard attorney Margaret McDermott Hunt (’75) was sworn in as vice-president of the North Carolina State Bar. She was sworn in by Chief Justice Sarah Parker at the State Bar’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Yama Keshawerz (’12) writes from an Afghan’s view about U.S. presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014

Next year, Afghanistan will experience another superpower’s withdrawal of forces. This time, however, many Afghans view it differently. The United States has announced that it will pull its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 as NATO combat mission ends, but I believe that a U.S. presence in Afghanistan will be necessary for several years to come. The post-2014 U.S. presence in Afghanistan will be in the interest of both nations for many reasons. It will ensure Afghanistan’s sustainable stability, protect the hard-won gains to date, and serve U.S. national security interests.

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Allison Smith ('11)

Ms. Allison Smith (’11) goes to Washington

In Frank Capra’s 1939 film, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” a young James Stewart plays an idealistic congressman who goes to Washington to help change things for the better. People who know the film understand it’s a commentary about the shortcomings of the political process. Continue reading »

Professor Omari Simmons (’96) and Carter Cook (’94,’98) recognized in Wake Forest Magazine for pro humanitate efforts

Professor Omari Simmons (’96) and Carter Cook (’94,’98) have been recognized in the Wake Forest Magazine for their pro humanitate efforts.

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Wake Forest Law’s LinkedIn webinar series featured in October issue of CURRENTS Magazine

Increase overall engagement.

Offer enhanced support for graduates in a down economy.

Do both while spending as little money as possible.

Those are familiar marching orders for alumni professionals. What’s an overworked, underfunded alumni director to do? He or she can fire up the computer, open a web browser, and type the URL www.linkedin.com.

CURRENTS asked alumni leaders who’ve mastered LinkedIn’s labyrinth to share their best advice for using the social network to its fullest.

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