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Student Profile: Samya Abou Sharif (LLM ’16)

Samya Abou Sharif (LLM ’16) has known adversity from an early age. She was only 5 years old when her father died, which lead to difficult times for the family. At that young age, though she was a far from deciding what she would do in life, she observed the lawyers who worked with her family to settle her father’s business and personal affairs.

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Pro Bono Project efforts featured in Winston-Salem Journal for helping get certain criminal records cleared

The following story originally ran in the Winston-Salem Journal on Sunday, Jan. 31, here.

One evening last fall, a woman walked into Samaritan Ministries with baggage she hoped to unload. That baggage was a criminal charge from her youth that was preventing her from getting gainful employment.

The woman knew that help might be available from an expungement clinic being offered at the ministry on Northwest Boulevard. Students from Wake Forest University’s School of Law, working with Judge Denise Hartsfield of Forsyth District Court and supporting attorneys from the Forsyth County Bar Association, hold clinics monthly to help people determine if they qualify to have certain crimes removed from their records.

Last week, the woman was back at the clinic, expecting to face more paperwork. Instead, she found out that her petition to have her charge cleared — and the petitions of 24 others — had already been sent to Raleigh for approval.

“She was thrilled,” said Emily Morris, a third-year law student who coordinates the expungement clinics. The next expungement clinic is scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Samaritan Ministries.

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The Federalist Society co-sponsors Washington Post criminal justice reporter, author on Wednesday, Feb. 3

The Federalist Society, the Criminal Law Roundtable and the law school’s Criminal Justice Program will host Washington Post criminal justice reporter and author Radley Balko, who will discuss police brutality as well as the rise of militarization among United States’ police forces, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3,  in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. This event is open to the entire Wake Forest community. Lunch will be provided. The event will be accessible via a live web cast here.

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Ashley Escoe (JD ’16) to clerk for North Carolina Supreme Court

Ashley Escoe (JD ’16) has accepted a judicial clerkship with Justice Cheri Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Escoe’s clerkship will begin August 2016, after she completes her third year of law school and takes the North Carolina bar exam.

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Wake Forest Law joins two other schools in blazing trail for possible new standardized testing option

Several years ago Wake Forest University blazed some trails by deciding to waive SAT scores for undergraduate admissions. Now Wake Forest Law is also testing some testing waters.  Joining the University of Arizona, which invited Wake Forest and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law ​schools to participate in its experiment, Wake Forest Law is assessing the reliability of the GRE® revised General Test as an additional standardized test for possible admission to law school.    Continue reading »

Making A Difference: Pro Bono Project members participate in area expungement clinics

Making a difference. Oftentimes the phrase is a cliché — overused and mostly meaningless.

But sometimes it’s not.

Sometimes that commitment to “make a difference” is very real. Sometimes, the desire to make a difference changes lives.

Emily Morris (JD ’16) coordinates the expungement clinic — helping people remove criminal charges from their records — for the Pro Bono Project at Wake Forest Law, the central point for all pro bono activities at the law school.  Continue reading »

Professors, students and alumni engage in Business Law Program’s innovative in-house counsel course

In fall of 2015, upper-level Wake Forest Law students had the opportunity to participate in a new course, “Practical Introduction to the In-House Counsel Role,” offered as part of the law school’s new Business Law Program. Continue reading »

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Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law to host ‘The Business of the Big Game’ sports law symposium Friday, Feb. 5

The Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (JBIPL) will focus on a variety of sports law issues at its spring symposium, “The Big Business of the Big Game,” scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. CLE credit from the North Carolina Bar Association has been approved for five credit hours. Continue reading »

Julia de la Parra

New Two-Year JD for International Lawyers degree featured in LLM Guide

Wake Forest Law’s new Two-Year JD for International Lawyers is featured in the international LLM Guide here. An excerpt from the original story follows.

Julia de la Parra, a lawyer from Argentina, received her J.D. in Buenos Aires in 2008, spent four and a half years working there, then completed an LL.M. at Northwestern University and assumed an associated professional job at a North Carolina law firm. Continue reading »

Madeline Joerg (JD ’16)

Student Profile: Madeline Joerg (JD ’16)

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I discovered Wake Forest Law through my undergraduate professor, Christina Boyd (JD ’04), who also graduated from Wake Forest Law. She taught two of my undergraduate political science classes, judicial politics and introduction to constitutional law. She was one of my favorite professors at University at Buffalo -The State University of New York (SUNY). Because of her passion for and knowledge of the subjects she taught, I felt that Wake Forest Law would be a good fit for me. Continue reading »