Student Life

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JD/LL.M. mentoring program fosters lasting relationships

Wake Forest Law boasts a robust LL.M. program, welcoming students from across the globe to study law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, each year. The JD Mentor Program partners LL.M. students with current JD students to provide assistance in adjusting to a new culture, language and education. Each fall, JD student volunteers are paired with a new LL.M. student based upon their backgrounds, interests and languages spoken. It was through this program that Kintaro Minami (LL.M. ’17) and Ray Dunn (JD ’18) met and forged a strong friendship.

“My life in law school became more comfortable after I met Ray, my mentor, in the beginning of fall semester,” said Kintaro Minami, who hails from Japan. “Once you make a friend that you can talk with about your experience in law school, you will feel better.”

JD student mentors offer guidance on cultural issues and answer questions about class requirements, law school exams and study practices. They also help to welcome their LL.M. mentees into the social aspects of Wake Forest Law.

“It was very beneficial because (my mentor) had a long career in Japan,” Minami said. “I could ask questions about jobs in Japan as well as in the U.S. Maybe you and your mentor will have something in common. If you want to talk, need help or have lunch, your mentor will give you time and you can share your experiences with him or her.”

The program benefits the mentor as well. JD students are exposed to relationships with international students and an increased knowledge of world affairs.

“I signed up to be a mentor because I thought it would be a great opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with an attorney from another country,” Dunn said. “Given the global nature of business and the practice of law, I saw it as a way to share cultural and substantive legal differences and similarities in a relatively informal manner.”

Through this program, many mentors have fostered lifelong friendships with their mentees.

“I don’t know that my view on international students at the law school changed, so much as it was more fully developed,” Dunn said. “I genuinely respect and admire the international students that come to the U.S. to learn about the legal system here because not only do they tackle law school in a second language, but they do it in an entirely different cultural and historical context as well. (They) bring an invaluable opportunity to share unique perspectives through mutually beneficial cross-cultural communication. And this not only makes us better lawyers, but better citizens of the world.”

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Lisa Roach (JD ’17) instrumental in introducing N.C. ‘Death with Dignity’ legislation

Lisa Roach (JD ’17 , president and co-founder of Dying Right NC, has been instrumental in drafting “End of Life” legislation that has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly in the form of HB 789, which would allow qualified North Carolina patients diagnosed with a terminal illness to end life on their terms by ingesting a lethal dose of prescribed medicine.

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Women In Law, Pro Bono Honors Society 2016-17 inductees recognized

The Pro Bono Project hosted its Pro Bono Honors Society annual dinner and recognition event on April 11, 2017.  In addition to the inductees, in attendance were Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) and Hazel Mack, interim Outreach Director for the law school.

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Wake Forest Moot Court announces 2017-18 board members

Wake Forest Law Moot Court has announced its board members for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The following students were elected: Emily Lagan (JD ’18) as Chief Justice, Vanessa Garrido (JD ’18) as Associate Chief Justice and Kyle Mirabelli (JD ’18) as Marshall.

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Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service presented to Chris Salemme (JD ’17)

At a special Pro Bono Honor Society dinner and recognition event on April 11, 2017, Chris Salemme (JD ’17), was presented with the Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service.  The award is presented annually to a Wake Forest Law in recognition of extraordinary pro bono service to the community.

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Student Profile: Abdulla ‘Abe’ Husain (LL.M. ’17)

After hearing about Wake Forest Law’s strong ranking and reputation from a professor at University of Bahrain, Abdulla Husain (LL.M. ’17) knew it was the ideal place for him to pursue an LL.M.

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Ashley Bouchez (JD ’19) wins 46th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition

Ashley Bouchez (JD ’19) of Huntersville, North Carolina, won the 46th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition final round on Thursday, April 13, in the Worrell Professional Center.

Bouchez argued in opposition of Jonathan Patton (JD ’19), who was named runner-up of the competition. Patton is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The final round showcases the top two first-year law students in the moot court competition. Arguing a fictitious discrimination case,  Bouchon represented the Plaintiff Celia Weston, as guardian for Albert Blair, while Patton represented the Defendant Dalton Corp.

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Wake Forest Law wins NCBA ‘Legal Feeding Frenzy’ fourth year in row

Wake Forest Law has for the fourth year in a row won the N.C. Bar Association’s North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy. The 2017 event saw more than 300,000 pounds of food collected.

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Matthew Silverstein’s (JD ’17) JBIPL article judged ‘one of the best’ this year by IPL Review

An article written by Matthew Silverstein (JD ’17) and published in the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (JBIPL) has been judged as one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property published the past year. Continue reading »

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Fashion designer Cheslie Kryst (JD/MBA ’17) featured on cover of magazine, in newspaper

Cheslie Kryst (JD/MBA ’17) is featured in the following Winston-Salem Journal story, “Twin City Trendsetters: Meet a few locals who are shaking up the Twin City fashion scene,” published on March 31, 2017.  Kryst, a fashion designer, was also featured on the cover of the April issue of the Winston-Salem Monthly.

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