Alumni

Group photo of Mary Jane Skelly (PhD '15) and Michael Klotz (JD '15) at baseball game

Dominic Interlicchia (JD ’18) interviews Michael Klotz (JD ’15) of Jones Day, New York

The following interview was conducted with Michael Klotz (JD ’15) who is an associate at Jones Day in New York City. Klotz, who specializes in business and tort litigation, is a former Wake Forest Law Fletcher Scholarship recipient.

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Wake Forest Law graduates continue to score high on North Carolina bar exam

Wake Forest Law graduates, at 81 percent, had one of the highest bar passage rates for first-time takers of the North Carolina exam in July 2016.

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Coleman Cowan (JD ’95) investigates African soccer child-trafficking network in Showtime debut Tuesday, Sept. 6

Coleman Cowan (JD ’95) reveals the corruption seeded in international soccer in his recent “60 Minutes Sports” investigation of a child-trafficking network that targets African athletes. “Out of Africa” premieres at 8 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Sept. 6, as part of “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime.

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Megan Ratley joins University Advancement as Assistant Director of Law Alumni Engagement

Megan Ratley joined Wake Forest University Advancement on Aug. 1, 2016, as Assistant Director of Law Alumni Engagement.

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Julia Wicker Lee (BA ’99, JD ’03) appointed UNCW Associate General Counsel

Julia Wicker Lee (BA ’99, JD ’03) has been appointed Associate General Counsel for the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).  The following article regarding her appointment was released by UNCW News on Aug. 30, 2016.

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Two generations of Elder Law Clinic students work to protect investors

During summer 2016, Jenna Coogle (JD ’15)who was an Elder Law Clinic student in Spring 2015, worked in Washington, D.C., at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  She spent part of that time assisting  Investor Advocate Rick Fleming (JD ’94).  In 1993, Fleming was also a student in the clinic.  He was appointed in 2014 as the first Investor Advocate for the SEC.

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Ashleigh Wilson (JD ’11) named Columbia, S.C., Chamber’s 2016 Young Professional of the Year

The Columbia (S.C.) Star reports that Bowman and Brooke announced Columbia associate Ashleigh Wilson (JD ’11) has been named the Columbia Chamber’s 2016 Young Professional of the Year. Wilson will be honored Sept. 29, 2016, at the chamber’s annual gala and silent auction at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

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Greg Brewer (JD ’84) brings bluegrass to Mocksville, N.C., through fifth annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival

To say that Greg Brewer  (JD ’84) is a bluegrass fan is a bit of an understatement. A native of Wilkes County, North Carolina, he and his family have been going to MerleFest, an annual ode to bluegrass and all other types of roots Americana music held there, since its inception in the 1988. In fact, the cabin that is home to the famous Cabin Stage next to the main Watson Stage, was donated by Brewer’s family. That stage has launched musical acts from Gillian Welch to Mipso‘s Joseph Terrell, both of whom were winners of the festival’s Chris Austin Song Writing competition.

So it should come as no surprise that Brewer, along with his wife, Lisa De Maio Brewer (BA ’81, MA ’08), are the steam behind the musical engine that pulls the annual Carolina Bible Camp (CBC) Bluegrass Festival together each year. “The CBC Bluegrass Festival has two goals: The first is to raise funds for the CBC and the second is to raise awareness of the CBC,” Lisa Brewer explained, adding more than 1,000 people attended this year’s festival held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the campground located just outside Mocksville, North Carolina.

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Photo of alumnus, Cooper Hawley (JD '13) and his father at the Republican National Convention 2016.

Republican National Committee Associate Counsel Cooper Hawley (JD ’13) featured for his involvement in GOP’s National Convention

Cooper Hawley (JD ’13), a legal counsel for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington, D.C., was featured in the Daily News article, “For Batavia native, Republican convention was all about the rules,” published by Jim Krencik on July 23, 2016.  In the article, Hawley describes his contributions to the 18-hour Rules Committee meeting of the GOP’s National Convention.

Hawley is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association.  Upon graduating from Wake Forest Law, Hawley was a clerk for the RNC.  Now, as an associate counsel to the RNC, he serves as a counsel to the Standing Committees on Rules, Resolutions, Arrangements and Site Selection for the Republican National Convention.

The Daily News article follows.

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Stephanie Beale (JD ’13) finds work/life balance in Pacific Northwest

Stephanie Beale (JD ’13) didn’t know anyone in Portland, Oregon, when she began interviewing with Pite Duncan LLP. Before attending Wake Forest Law, the Mississippi native had never lived in a city larger than Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But that didn’t stop her from taking a chance.

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