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Elder Law Clinic awarded 2018 nonprofit voter engagement grant

The Elder Law Clinic has been awarded a 2018 voter engagement grant as part of North Carolina’s Nonprofit Voter Engagement Program. The program is hosted by a statewide voting rights organization, Democracy North Carolina, and its national partner, Nonprofit VOTE. Continue reading »

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North Carolina Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments in two cases at Wake Forest Law on Tuesday, Jan. 30

For the 26th consecutive year, Wake Forest School of Law will host oral arguments for the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Oral arguments are set to begin at 3 p.m. in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.  A reception will follow in the Law Commons. The court session is open to the public. Continue reading »

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Veterans Legal Clinic’s pro bono work with discharge upgrades gives vets hope

With renewed interest being given to veterans concerning Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related mental illnesses and addictions, the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic has turned its attention to representing qualified veterans in discharge upgrade petitions. Continue reading »

OUTLaw, Pro Bono Project to offer free legal services clinic to LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, Oct. 21

Students in Wake Forest School of Law’s OUTLaw, the law school’s LBGTQ+ organization, are teaming up with members of the Pro Bono Project to host a Fall Legal Clinic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

The clinic, which is being held in conjunction with National Pro Bono Week, is sponsored by North Star Community Center and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at Wake Forest Law on Wednesday, Sept. 20

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear oral arguments in three cases beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Wake Forest University School of Law in the North Carolina Business Court on the third floor of the Worrell Professional Center. Continue reading »

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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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