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Joseph Greener (JD ’16) argues in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Joseph Greener (JD ’16) argued on April 27 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, as part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Greener and Lauren Emery (JD ’16) represent Charles Evans in the case of United States v. Evans, which is a direct appeal to the Seventh Circuit following a guilty plea and sentencing in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The Seventh Circuit is the federal appellate court for cases arising in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Court appointed the clinic to represent Evans on appeal.

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Dr. Aaron Oyarce Yuzelli (SJD ’16) presents dissertation on sustainability and indigenous populations

Dr. Aaron Oyarce Yuzzelli (SJD ’16) of Peru recently presented his Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (SJD) dissertation to faculty, staff and classmates, entitled, “Sustainability and Indigenous Populations: Yaneshos Amueshos Ashaninkas of Peru and Sioux of the United States.”

Oyarce Yuzzelli, who has previously earned a JD and a Ph.D. in Education from the Universidad San Martin de Porres, a Magister and an LL.M. from Universita di Roma la Sapienza  and an SJD from Universidad Alas Peruansa, also has an LL.M. from Wake Forest University. His published texts include Temas de Derecho Ambiental and Nuevas Tendencias del Derecho (Themes of Environmental Law and New Trends in Law, respectively), among others. During his SJD studies at Wake Forest Law, he has continued his research and investigation on environmental law. His dissertation advisor was Professor Richard Schneider, associate dean of international programs, and his advisory committee was rounded out by Professor Wilson Parker and Professor John Knox.

Oyarce Yuzzelli’s presentation began with a survey of the status of the studied indigenous peoples in international law. This included a focus on the protections and declarations involving indigenous peoples, as well as the regional systems and federal recognitions that pertain to these populations. Oyarce Yuzzelli’s attention to environmental law included transboundary issues, previous case studies and legal precedents and how environmental protection treatises protect and engage the indigenous populations of the United States and Peru. Specific topics included how ecotourism may benefit the Yaneshos Amueshos Ashaninkas and how Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) may have negative effects on both the peoples and their surrounding biodiversity.

Oyarce Yuzzelli concluded from his research that the gaps between international and national laws regarding the environment and indigenous peoples must be closed, and there must be global agreements on protections and support. Oyarce Yuzzelli also called for widespread anthropological study and documentation of Peruvian tribes, in order to both record the cultures for posterity and also to gain an understanding of the peoples affected by international environmental law.

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Andrew Kilpinen (JD ’16) to clerk for Chief Judge Brendan L. Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13

Andrew Kilpinen (JD ‘ 16) has accepted a judicial clerkship with Chief Judge Brendan L. Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Kilpinen’s clerkship will begin after graduation. Continue reading »

Tim Readling (JD ’16) to clerk for North Carolina Court of Appeals

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13

Tim Readling (’16) has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Robert N. Hunter, Jr. of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Readling’s clerkship year will begin no later than January 1, 2017. Continue reading »


Austin Thompson (JD ’17) and Professor Steve Virgil need your vote in Nano Startup Challenge in Cancer

Austin Thompson (JD ’17) and Professor Steve Virgil are members of a Wake Forest cross-disciplinary team competing in this year’s Nano Startup Challenge in Cancer. In order to advance into the next round of the competition, the video created by C6ENTINEL needs to have the most votes. Voting for their video on Youtube by giving the video a “thumbs up” ends on Friday, April 22.

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Pro Bono Project earns American Bar Association ‘A Day of Service’ award for 2015 Pro Bono Week

The Pro Bono Project is the recipient of the American Bar Association (ABA) Day of Service Award from the Law Student Division thanks in part to Wake Forest Law students’ dedication to pro bono legal services, especially during the ABA’s Pro Bono Week in October 2015.

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Danya Bin Mahaysin, SJD, Presents Dissertation on Saudi Arabian Adoption of CEDAW

In a very short time, Danya Bin Mahaysin will hold the distinction of being the first woman to graduate from the relatively young SJD program at Wake Forest Law. Recently, Bin Mahaysin successfully defended her dissertation to her faculty advising committee, and then presented her research and findings to faculty, staff, and fellow classmates.

Bin Mahaysin’s dissertation is entitled “Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Saudi Arabia: Towards a Powerful CEDAW.” The dissertation and Bin Mahaysin’s presentation of it explores areas in which Saudi Arabia has both succeeded and failed in implementing the mandates of CEDAW. Bin Mahaysin began her presentation with a brief history of CEDAW, and the Saudi ratification of that convention, as well as an overview of the Saudi Arabian legal system and its history and legislative processes.

The heart of Bin Mahaysin’s research involved three Saudi Arabian laws that are in direct conflict with CEDAW. The first of these is the law of nationality, which restricts women’s rights in terms of passing their nationality to their children. Further, employment laws that include lower retirement rates, restrictions on areas of practice, and a lack of sexual harassment regulations. And finally the guardianship system, in which men have the right of guardianship over their wives, daughters, and sisters. This system leads to forced marriages, no legal standing in divorce proceedings, and denied rights to education.

Bin Mahaysin explained why she chose this topic for her dissertation, saying that there needs to be a Saudi Arabian voice discussing and helping to solve Saudi Arabian problems. This was evident in the solutions she offered. These included reformations of the previously mentioned laws, following in the footsteps of other middle-eastern countries that have done the same. Bin Mahaysin also suggests that a group of like-minded activists, much like the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the United States, may be able to affect the change needed. Bin Mahaysin also suggested finding new, cooperative international mechanisms that would activate the CEDAW convention and enforce all signatory countries to respect the whole of its provisions.

After her presentation, Bin Mahaysin took questions and comments from her colleagues and professors, specifically on the feasibility of enforcing any changes, and questions on the conflict between CEDAW and Sharia law. The presentation closed with Bin Mahaysin thanking Professor Shannon Gilreath, her dissertation advisor, and a hearty round of applause for Bin Mahaysin herself.

Pro Bono Honors Dinner 2016

Pro Bono Honors Society Dinner celebrates 49 new inductees

Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project welcomed a record 49 new inductees into the Pro Bono Honor Society this year, a huge increase from the 17 students inducted in 2015. Together, this year’s inductees logged over 3500 hours of pro bono work throughout the academic year. In order to be eligible for induction, students had to personally log 50 hours of pro bono work in one school year or 75 hours over multiple years.

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Kelly Austin (JD '16) with Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77)

Kelly Austin (JD ’16) receives Smith Anderson Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award

Kelly Austin (JD ’16) is the recipient of the 2016 Smith Anderson Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award. Austin was recognized for her unwavering commitment to increasing access to justice and living out the Pro Humanitate mission of Wake Forest University at the Pro Bono Honor Society dinner on April 16. Throughout her three years in law school, Austin volunteered for numerous projects that help children navigate the legal system, but the one that stood out to her most was the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program.

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Mike Stephens (JD ’18) wins 45th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition

Mike Stephens  (JD ’18), a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, won the 45th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition final round on Friday, April 15, in the Worrell Professional Center.

Stephens argued in opposition of Malcolm Boyd  (JD ’18), a native of Hartsville, South Carolina, who was named runner-up of the competition.  Continue reading »