Student Life

Photo of law student, Samantha Poon (JD '18), near a window inside the Worrell Professional Center

Student Profile – Samantha Poon (JD ’18)

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Undergraduate education: I graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and have a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies.

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I chose Wake Forest because of the generally welcoming environment I felt at admissions day, the community-oriented atmosphere, the small class sizes and great faculty. I couldn’t have made a better choice.

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No longer a minority, Wake Forest Law’s long history of strong women leaders influence current students

In 1966, Rhoda Billings graduated first in her class from Wake Forest University School of Law. She was the only woman.

The year Billings enrolled in law school — 1963 — was also the year the American Bar Association (ABA) first began recording data on gender and law school enrollment. Fifty years after Billing’s graduation, women make up the majority of students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools.

But Billings (JD ’66) is just one remarkable woman in a long line of strong women leaders at Wake Forest Law.

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Group photo of Coach and Professor John Korzen (JD '91) and National Moot Court Champions holding their trophies, including Matt Cloutier (JD '17), Mia Falzarano (JD '17), and Blake Stafford (JD '17)

Wake Forest Law wins National Moot Court Competition

The Wake Forest National Moot Court Team of Matt Cloutier (JD ’17), Mia Falzarano (JD ’17) and Blake Stafford (JD ’17) won the National Moot Court Competition, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in New York City.

Falzarano won the award for Best Oralist in the final round, while Stafford won the award for Second Best Oralist. In addition, the team’s brief earned the Best Brief award. The brief, primarily authored by Stafford, was one key to the team’s success, because the brief counts for 40 percent of the total score in each round of the competition.

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NYT best-selling author Caitlin Doughty to deliver Journal of Law and Policy symposium keynote on Thursday, Feb. 23

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy (JLP) spring symposium will commence with a keynote address from Los Angeles-based mortician and funeral director Caitlin Doughty, a death positivism activist and the author of a New York Times best-seller on theory and culture, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public.

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Photo of two middle school students watching Forsyth County Judge Denise Hartsfield (JD '91) speak during the Pro Bono Project's 'Know Your Rights' event

Pro Bono Project ‘Know Your Rights’ program expanding, nominated for ABA award

The Pro Bono Project‘s “Know Your Rights” program has been nominated for the North Carolina Bar Association Annual Pro Bono Award following a request by the Forsyth County School District to expand the program’s reach into area schools. This interactive project has been a pivotal education force in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, area, providing presentations to local communities considered “at-risk” when it comes to understanding the state and federal laws involved in routine interactions with law enforcement officers.

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Bidding for online PILO annual auction continues through Feb. 8, live auction set for Feb. 9

The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) will host it’s biggest annual fundraiser — the PILO Auction — beginning online on Feb. 1-8 with the live auction following beginning  at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. You can bid on items including a weekend at Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) mountain cabin on the New River, airplane rides and dinners with faculty and hand-painted watercolors.
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BLSA to host 32nd Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 10

The annual Wake Forest Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Banquet, established in 1985 to fund three student scholarships, will be Friday, Feb. 10, in the Hearn Ballroom of the Winston Salem Marriott. This year’s theme,  inspired by the uplifting words of President Barack Obama, will be “Yes We Can. Yes We Will.”

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Inaugural SBA Wellness Week kicks off Monday, Feb. 6

The Student Bar Association (SBA), the student government body of Wake Forest Law, will highlight resources for practicing self-care through its inaugural Wellness Week beginning Feb. 6-10, 2017, by addressing a different facets of mental health and well-being each day from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Law Commons and beyond.

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1L Trial Team wins 2017 Kilpatrick Townsend Mock Trial Competition

Members of Wake Forest Law’s 1L Trial Team — Virginia Stanton, Tim Day, Ashley Collette, Stephanie Johnson and Ashley DiMuzio — beat out 33 other teams from North Carolina law schools to win the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)’s 2017 Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition held Jan. 19-21, 2017.

“We competed in five rounds over two days to bring the trophy home to Wake Forest Law,” DiMuzio explained.

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Journal of Law and Policy to live webcast ‘Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm’ symposium on Friday, Feb. 24

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy will present the symposium, “Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. Up to four hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available from the North Carolina Bar for both the live in-person event and live webcast, according to organizers. The event will be live webcast. Registration is available (but not required).

“We encourage those watching the live webcast to submit questions for any of our presenters on Twitter @WFULawJLP or e-mail JLP at wfulawpolicyjournal@gmail.com,” says Symposium Editor Erica Oates.

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