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Business Law Program launches new courses to address emerging issues

The Business Law Program is launching two new cutting-edge courses for upper-level students to add to Wake Forest Law’s strong business law offerings.

“These courses, taught or co-taught by first-class practitioners, expand student exposure and deepen student understanding of emerging business law issues,” says Director Omari Simmons.

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David Swenton (’17) blogs about his positive start at Wake Forest Law

David Swenton (’17) is a rising second-year student at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Swenton authors his own blog, Orange Perspectives, and gave the law school permission to re-publish this blog post titled, “It’s Been 1L of a Year,” about the positive experience, from a first-year law student point of view, he had at Wake Forest Law. Continue reading »

Ezequiel Cazanetz Dick (LLM '15)

Student/Alumnus Profile: Ezequiel Cazanetz Dick (LLM ’15)

Name: Ezequiel Cazanetz Dick

Graduation year: 2015

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Business Law Program launches Learn@Lunch series, new courses for students

The Business Law Program is launching a new Learn@Lunch series for students as well as offering two new courses beginning Fall 2015, according to Director Omari Simmons.

“We are launching a Learn@Lunch program where students can hear from speakers on business law-related topics,” he explained. “I plan to use technology to access outside speakers.  For example, I envision having a law partner at a D.C. law firm speak to our students during lunch via Webex.”

Professor Simmons will co-teach a Corporate Counsel Seminar with James Dinnage.

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the types of activity and skills required of in-house counsel. This understanding has value for students contemplating careers as in-house counsel or in private practice. The course will concentrate on the skills needed in an international business engaged in manufacturing and service activities, though many elements would also be relevant in other contexts (such as banking, consultancy, construction, education, not-for-profits, healthcare, and etc.). Topics include compliance, dispute management, business evolution (e.g., mergers and acquisitions), commercial relationships, and business regulation. Pre- or Co-requisite: Business Organizations.

And in Fall 2016, the law school will offer Introduction to Private Equity taught by Arshad Ahmed & Abrar Hussain, Simmons said.This short course provides an overview of private equity funds, including their structure, fund raising process, evaluation and performance measurement, and the role they play as part of a diversified investment portfolio.

Ahmed is a partner and advisor to private equity and venture capital firms and enterprises around the world. In 2012, he co-founded Elixir Capital Management, a private equity fund manager. Before launching Elixir Capital, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco, where he focused on international corporate law, and a business counselor to private equity and venture capital firms. He has substantial experience in private equity mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, divestitures, corporate governance and business ventures, and has long been a proponent of financing strategies based on equitable profit and risk sharing. He is also recognized as a leading authority in and critic of Shari’ah-related investment practices and contemporary Islamic banking and finance, and he has taught and spoken widely on the application of Shari’ah law in contemporary transactions. He also teaches on the adjunct law faculties of UC-Berkeley and UC-Hastings. At Vanderbilt, he co-teaches Introduction to Private Equity.

Hussain is co-founder and managing director of Elixir Capital Management, a private equity fund manager focused on growth-stage emerging market investments. He is also a sought-after expert in venture capital investments in emerging markets, advising the Carlyle Group, Soros Fund Management and New Enterprise Associates. Before co-founding Elixir, Professor Hussain was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis’ San Francisco office, where he represented multinational companies, including Alcatel-Lucent Corporation and Blue Cross Blue Shield Ventures.

 ”In addition to these new business law offerings, law students will now have the option to take a 3 or 4 credit Business Associations course,” Professor Simmons added.

We need your help naming the new Wake Forest Law Cafe

The transformation of the Worrell Professional Center into the home of the law school is nearly complete. The new Law Commons — an area which spans the entire center first floor — includes a cafe/bistro, which will primarily serve breakfast and lunch. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall named new Health Law and Policy Program director

Wake Forest Law is introducing its Health Law and Policy Program, which is designed to strengthen students’ knowledge and engagement to prepare them to enter the fields of health law and public policy, in fall 2015. Continue reading »

New grant will allow Elder Law Clinic to help promote LGBT health care rights

The Elder Law Clinic has been selected to receive a grant from the Raleigh-based North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys (NCSHCA).  The grant will fund community outreach regarding the health care rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.    Continue reading »

Appellate Clinic wins appeal in Fourth Circuit

In a unanimous published opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on June 30 in favor of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic, in the case of United States v. Joseph Newbold. Ashley Waring (’15) had argued to the panel of Fourth Circuit judges on behalf of Defendant Newbold on March 24, at the Fourth Circuit courthouse in Richmond, Virginia. Kathleen Bradway (’15) and Professor John Korzen (’91), director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic, assisted with the briefs and oral argument preparation. Continue reading »

Stephan Oldham ('16)

Wake Forest Law student sets off on walkabout to raise awareness, funds

While most law students are interning at firms, taking summer courses or studying abroad, one Wake Forest Law student plans to walk some 700 miles in the next 30 days from central Florida to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The obvious question is why? Continue reading »

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Student/Alumna Profile: Karen Knippenberg (MSL ’14)

Karen Knippenberg (MSL ’14) majored in Political Science at Appalachian State University with a concentration in paralegal studies. After graduation, she worked as a paralegal, mostly in real estate along with some work with mergers and acquisitions. Continue reading »