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Registration available for 40-Hour Superior Court Civil Actions (MSC) mediation training in March 5-9, 2018

Wake Forest School of Law will host a 40-hour mediation training for Superior Court Civil Actions (MSC) program from March 5-9, 2018.  The program, which will be held in the Worrell Professional Center, runs each day from 8:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Registration is available at The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Program co-sponsor ‘Re-Thinking Drug Policy’ symposium on Monday, Oct. 2

The Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Criminal Justice Program are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Re-Thinking Drug Policy: Seeking Solutions Based on Law, Science and Public Health,” with the Rethinking Community Program, the Office of the Provost, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Engagement Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction and Clinical and Translational Science Institute from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine St., 5th Floor Tiered Classroom, in downtown Winston-Salem.

The event, which is also sponsored by Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), is free and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with “International Wrongful Conviction Day.”

Three hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits (one hour of substance abuse, two hours of general) have been approved by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) for a fee. 


After four decades, policy analysts across the political spectrum have come to recognize that the War on Drugs is both ineffective and counterproductive. The “tough on crime” policies have led to massive increases in incarceration and have served to nurture, rather than dismantle, drug cartels. The use of mandatory minimums aimed at targeting traffickers, has instead led to essentially criminalizing addiction, throwing low level addicts into prison and only exacerbating mental health conditions. The utter failure of the War on Drugs is showcased in the current public health epidemic presented by the opioid crisis. Across the country, opioid abuse and overdose related deaths are rapidly rising to unprecedented rates. This symposium will provide context for the history of what led to this current state, consider solutions that incorporate not only the medical and scientific concerns related to addiction and over prescription, but also the criminal justice responses that have bloated our prisons and devastated families and communities across the country.

The event will be streamed live online, as well as available in two video sessions for viewing later.  Using Google Chrome is recommended.

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Francie Scott (JD ’04) named Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development

Francie Scott (JD ’04) has been promoted to fill the new position of Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development. Scott was named interim director of the Office of Career and Professional Development in the May following the departure of Kim Fields, who served as director of the department for 16 years and resigned to spend more time with her family. Continue reading »

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Funeral service for Dean Emeritus John D. Scarlett set for Monday, July 17

Dean Emeritus and retired Professor of Law John “Don” Scarlett, 93, died on July 10, 2017, after an extended illness. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

Dean Scarlett joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1955, one year prior to the college’s historic move to Winston-Salem. A teacher of Torts, Constitutional Law, and International Law, Dean Scarlett was one of nine faculty members at the law school under the leadership of Dean Carroll Weathers (BA ‘22, JD ‘23).

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Wake Forest Law students, faculty and staff help host NCBA third annual minority pre-law conference

Jason Chung (JD ‘17) and Briana O’Neil (JD ‘18) joined with students from other North Carolina universities on March 18, 2017,  to offer perspectives on their legal education during a program designed to help minority students who may be considering law school.

Wake Forest Law hosted the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, which presented its Third Annual Minority Pre-Law Conference, “Putting the Pieces Together: Is Law School the Right Fit?”

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Former Associate Dean and Library Director Marian F. Parker (JD ’78) remembered

A graveside memorial service celebrating the life of former Wake Forest Law Associate Dean Marian F. Parker (JD ’78) will be held at 11 a.m. March 17, 2017, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Details can be found on the Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home website.

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Sign up today for free webinars available for professionals working in health law and policy, human resources on March 23, April 4

Need to learn more about what’s new in telehealth or what HR professionals can expect under the Trump Administration?

Wake Forest Law’s online only Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate program is offering two free, lunchtime webinars on March 23 and April 4 for professionals working in health law and policy and human resources.

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Trip Coyne (JD ’05) writes about new North Carolina Business Court in National Law Review, JD Supra

Trip Coyne (JD ’05) of Ward and Smith, P.A.wrote the following story, “The North Carolina Business Court Evolves,”  which was published by JD Supra on Feb. 28, 2017, as well as The National Law Review.

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Wake Forest Law students, faculty and staff participate in Women’s March

A number of Wake Forest Law students, faculty, staff and alumni exercised their right to protest during the Women’s March held on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the United States.

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Business Law Program’s Sager Speaker Series hosts Sashi Brown of the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Feb. 23

Sashi Brown, executive vice president of football operations for the Cleveland Browns, will speak at noon on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312, as part of the Business Law Program’s Sager Speaker Series.

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