‘Ferguson: Discussion on Race, Justice and Hope for the Future’

Forum on Ferguson Brings University Community Together

Wake Forest University School of Divinity hosted a forum and panel discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the grand jury decision that the officer will not face criminal charges. The forum was inspired by a need to bring, conversation, connection, and understanding across the student body and campus community. “Ferguson: A Discussion on Race, Justice, and Hope for the Future” included Gail R. O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity and professor of New Testament and Preaching; Derek S. Hicks, assistant professor of religion and society at the School of Divinity; Kami Chavis Simmons, professor of law and director of School of Law’s criminal justice program; and Darryl Aaron, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem. With standing room only, students, faculty, and staff from across the college and professional schools were in attendance. Continue reading »

Ferguson Forum 2014

‘Focus on Ferguson: Discussion on Race, Justice and a Future Hope in America’ to be held Wednesday, Dec. 3

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity will host a forum and panel discussion at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Wait Chapel, Lower Auditorium, regarding the events of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the grand jury decision that the officer will not face criminal charges.  “Focus on Ferguson: Discussion on Race, Justice and a Future Hope in America” will include a panel discussion of faculty members, including Kami Chavis Simmons, director of Wake Forest Law’s Criminal Justice Program, and Derek Hicks, assistant professor of Religion and Culture, and Divinity School Dean Gail O’Day. First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Darryl Aaron will also participate in the panel discussion.

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The National Jurist names WFU Law and Divinity joint degree program among most unique

Wake Forest Law’s JD/mDiv program has been named among 20 most unique joint degree programs by The National Jurist in its most recent issue. Continue reading »

Women in Law, Pre-Law Society to host author Susan Smith Blakely on Wednesday, Oct. 22

Wake Forest Law Professor and WFU Pre-Law Adviser Laura Graham (’94), along with Women in Law and the Pre-Law Society, will host author and speaker Susan Smith Blakely from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1302. Blakely’s presentation is entitled, “Overcoming Challenges for Women Lawyers.” Continue reading »

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Law library specialist, designer and artist Holly Swenson leaves her mark on the walls of Worrell

There’s no doubt that Holly Swenson is creative. As a library specialist and graphic designer for Wake Forest Law, she puts her talents to work on the school’s alumni magazine, “The Jurist,” as well as variety of print and online pieces. Her latest work won’t fit on a screen or in a magazine however. In fact, it takes up an entire wall.  Continue reading »

Group photo of members of the Moldova Congressional Delegation in Raleigh

Congressional delegation from Moldova to visit Wake Forest Law on Thursday, Oct. 2

A U.S. Congressional Open World Delegation from Moldova is scheduled to visit Wake Forest Law on Thursday, Oct. 2, as part of Adjunct Professor Ellen Gelbin’s arbitration and mediation course.

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Speakers announced for 10th annual Converge South tech conference to be held at Wake Forest Law on Friday, Oct. 17

Want to learn more about “when social hits the fan” and “the vanity of social media”? What about what to do when your audience doesn’t want to engage or the forces of disruptive innovation? Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law ranks among top health care law programs

Wake Forest School of Law has been ranked among the top schools for health care law by Law Street Media. Continue reading »

Photo of Hooding Ceremony in Wait Chapel

Wake Forest University School of Law to confer hoods on the largest class of international graduates on May 18-19

The Wake Forest University School of Law will confer hoods on its largest class of international graduates on May 18-19, 2014.

The Hooding Program is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in Wait Chapel. Thirty international Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, Juris Doctor (JD) candidates, and Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates will receive hoods. That is compared to 24 international graduates in 2013, which included the law school’s first Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (S.J.D.).

In another first for the law school in 120 years, the Hooding Program will be webcast live via the Internet so that family and friends of the graduates who are unable to attend in person can view the ceremony. The Livestream link is . The law school is the first WFU graduate school to offer a live webcast of its Hooding Ceremony in the history of the university. Viewers of the Livestream may refer to the Hooding program in PDF on the Wake Forest University website here. Continue reading »

Photo of Professor Wilson Parker conducting a class of undergraduate students in the pre-law school program

Summer pre-law program provides law school ‘test-drive’ for undergraduates

Wake Forest Law will once again offer a Summer Pre-law Program for undergraduates taught by Law Professors Wilson Parker and Chris Coughlin, and Communication Professors Jarrod Atchison and John Llewellyn.The program consists of two courses that will be taught in the law school but will qualify for credit from the undergraduate college: “Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication” (Communication 370D) and “Advocacy, Debate, and the Law” (Communication 370E). Continue reading »