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Wake Forest University School of Law Contributes to National Study on Housing Loss

Forsyth County highlighted in a groundbreaking report released today from New America

(Winston-Salem, N.C. – Sept. 9, 2020) – Nearly 5 million Americans lose their homes through eviction and foreclosure each year, and the numbers this year are expected to be higher as tens of millions lose jobs due to COVID-19 and the economic downturn. The Future of Property Rights Program at New America, in partnership with Wake Forest University, Wake Forest University School of Law, and Winston-Salem State University have been conducting research to understand where housing loss is most acute across the nation, with a spotlight on Forsyth County to determine who is most impacted and why.  Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law Helps Small Businesses

(Winston-Salem, N.C., September 8, 2020) — Small businesses face unparalleled hardships in the current economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them may even face bankruptcy for the first time. Continue reading »

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Kay Hagan Award established

Students in Wake Forest Law’s State and Local Government in a Federal System class face a 20-page paper at the end of the fall semester. But thanks to generous donors, one student will take home the Kay Hagan Award and an honorarium for the best paper in the class.
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Wake Forest Law prof urges Congressional action to halt eviction crisis

The United States may be facing the most severe housing crisis in its history, a new report published today finds. Wake Forest Law Professor Emily Benfer and her co-authors say without swift and significant federal intervention, the ripple effect of this unprecedented catastrophe will harm generations. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law Expert: LGBTQ civil rights and SCOTUS

(Winston-Salem, N.C., June 15, 2020) — The Supreme Court has ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees. Wake Forest University School of Law assistant professor and historian Marie-Amélie George says, “The Supreme Court’s decision is particularly important given that voters have been repealing LGBTQ rights protections at the state and local levels through ballot box measures. The opinion demonstrates just how important the Supreme Court is to protecting the rights of minorities.”
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Wake Forest Law offers Pro Bono assistance with unemployment insurance

(Winston-Salem, N.C., June 4, 2020) — Wake Forest University School of Law students, working under the supervision of faculty members, will offer guidance and consultation to North Carolina residents who have questions about unemployment insurance and federal supplements. There is no charge for the service.

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Wake Forest Law Welcomes New Faculty Members

(Winston-Salem, N.C., May 21, 2020) — Wake Forest University School of Law welcomes four new full-time faculty members and a visiting professor for the 2020-2021 academic year. Their experience will bolster Wake Forest Law’s classrooms and clinics in areas ranging from health justice to environmental issues to food law policy and legal writing.
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Wake Forest Law rises to the challenge of COVID-19

As coronavirus restrictions have many employers to shifting internship and other strategies due to the unfolding economic crisis, Wake Forest Law has created professional development opportunities for rising second- and third-year JD students with new Summer Intensives. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest School of Law Offers Online Symposium on Coronavirus Pandemic

As the United States and the world examine the effects of wide-scale quarantine in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the legal, ethical, social, and economic impacts is crucial. The coronavirus has exposed numerous faults in our systems and finding solutions will be the focus as we move forward.

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Sophia Pappalardo (JD ’20) recognized for outstanding pro bono work

The 2020 Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service goes to Sophia Pappalardo (JD ’20) in recognition for her service to the community.

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