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Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presents about legal rights to WFU residential advisors

Members of the Wake Forest School of Law Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presented information on police encounters to undergraduate Resident Advisors (RAs) at Wake Forest University Monday, Oct. 12 on the Reynolda Campus. The “Know Your Rights” project is one of The Pro Bono Project’s newest ventures, with a mission to educate different community groups about their constitutional rights in various police interactions. This year, “Know Your Rights” will offer presentations not only to members of the Wake Forest University community but also to individuals at local prisons, high schools and churches.

The presentation to RAs centered on a discussion of the movie ‘Crash,’ a 2004 film which explores racial and social tensions in Los Angeles through the intertwined stories and experiences of various characters. After RAs viewed the movie, they heard the presentation from the “Know Your Rights” team. The presentation focuses on knowledge of legal rights in three different potential encounters with police: conversations, detentions and arrests. Students were informed about the “reasonable suspicion” standard, their right to remain silent and the importance of requesting a lawyer as soon as you are arrested. Students and the “Know Your Rights” team then discussed scenes from the movie and how those situations could have played out differently and more positively.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Know Your Rights project should contact Stephanie Jackson of the Pro Bono Project at



The Federalist Society holds U.S. Supreme Court round-up on Oct. 13

Wake Forest Law’s Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society held a U.S. Supreme Court round-up featuring commentary from Professors Wilson Parker and Ron Wright on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Worrell Professional Center.

Professor Wright started the conversation by discussing criminal law cases. Wright stressed the rise in U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the 8th Amendment and the decline in cases centered around the 4th Amendment.

Some of the cases and topics Professor Wright discussed included the following.

  • Montgomery v. Louisiana: 8th Amendment and Life Imprisonment for Juveniles
  • Hurst v. Florida: Florida Death Penalty issue
  • Kansas v. Carr and Kansas v. Gleason: 8th Amendment and Death Penalty issues
  • Foster v. Chatman: Race Discrimination

Professor Parker then continued the discussion and spoke about the role Anthony Kennedy would play in the upcoming cases that deal with voting, affirmative action and abortion. Some of the cases and topics Professor Parker discussed included the following.

  • Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Affirmative action in education
  • Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: One person, One vote districting issues
  • Florida v. Georgia and Mississippi v. Tennessee: Whether or not states can seek a right of access to water sources not physically in the boundaries of their state
  • Currier v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which involves Mississippi laws regulating abortion providers and whether or not they are overly burdensome under current law

The Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies is “an organization of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government is essential to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province of the judiciary to say what the law is-not what it should be,” according to its website.













JBIPL wins best education blog in The Expert Institute’s 2015 Best Legal Blog Contest

The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (JBIPL) was named first place in the education category in the 2015 Best Legal Blog Contest held by The Expert Institute as the results posted on Monday, Oct. 12.

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John Sanders (BA ’07, JD ’16) writes in The Huffington Post blog: ‘Clinton’s High-Frequency Trading Mistake’

John Sanders (BA ’07, JD ’16) writes “Hillary Clinton’s High-Frequency Trading Mistake,” in The Huffington Post blog on Friday, Oct. 9. Sanders worked as a stock broker and manager at one of world’s largest asset management companies through the most recent financial crisis and up until 2013. He also earned his M.B.A. from Liberty University in 2012. His blog post follows in full below. Continue reading »

‘Beyond Ferguson – Criminal Justice Reform for the 21st Century’ features guest speakers on Oct. 28

The Criminal Justice Program and the Constitution Society will have guest speakers in the event, “Beyond Ferguson – Criminal Justice Reform for the 21st Century, on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Worrell Professional Center. The speakers are Walter Holton, Former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of N.C., Captain Natoisha James of the Winston-Salem Police Department, Wake Forest Law Professors Mark Rabil and Kami Chavis Simmons. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law hosts ABA program ‘Grit and Growth Mindset: Advancing Women in the Law’ on Thursday, Oct. 22

Wake Forest Law’s Women in Law, the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) and the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association will present “Grit and Growth Mindset: Advancing Women in the Law” from 3 to 5 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1101. Catharine Arrowood (JD ’73), former president of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Honorable Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91) will help lead the training. Registration for the training, which is free and open to current students and alumni, is available here.

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Wake Forest Law Review essay featured in SCOTUSblog

Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog included in her Friday roundup an essay written by Georgia State University College of Law Professor Eric Segall that was published in the Wake Forest Law Review. Continue reading »

Zach McCamey (JD ’18) wins 2015 1L Trial Bar Competition

It was the battle of the Tennesseans in the State of Worrell v. Ned Stark, but in the end, Zach McCamey (JD ’18) was the winner of the 2015 1L Trial Bar Competition, sponsored by the Wake Forest Student Trial Bar. Continue reading »

2015 1L Trial Bar Competition finals to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 1

The 2015 1L Trial Bar Competition Quarterfinals will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. in the small courtrooms.

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stephanie jackson JD '17

Student Profile: Stephanie Jackson (JD ’17)

This student profile was created by the Wake Forest Law Pro Bono Project student staff. View the original article on their e-newsletter. Stephanie Jackson (JD ’17) hails from Ohio by way of New York, coming to Wake Forest Law after earning a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs and working at NYU. Jackson’s passion before law school was education and equity, and those continue to drive her through law school. She is impacted by learning about the gaps in the law, why those gaps are not being filled, and what she can do. She hopes to continue working in the public service sector in policy after graduation. Continue reading »