Student Life

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Wake Forest Law celebrates Class of 2018 at 44th annual Hooding Ceremony, graduates first online-only MSL class

The Wake Forest University School of Law conferred hoods on 188 graduates during its 44th annual hooding ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Wait Chapel, including 153 Juris Doctor degree candidates, 20 International Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, seven Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates and eight Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (SJD) candidates. The MSL graduates represent the first class that earned their master’s degrees wholly online.

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John Van Swearingen (JD ’18) publishes paper in National Law Review

John Van Swearingen (JD ’18),  a native of Clearwater, Florida, had the article, “Avoiding Federal Friendly Fire: Addressing the Incidental Take of Migratory Birds by State Environmental Agencies Utilizing Constructed Wetlands for Stormwater Treatment,” published in the National Law Review on May 9, 2018. Continue reading »

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Innocence and Justice Clinic students’ reporting featured on ‘Undisclosed’ podcast

The most recent episodes of the popular podcast,  ”Undisclosed,” focus on a case that involves the investigative work of Wake Forest University undergraduate and graduate students. On April 23, 2018, the podcast team began airing episodes about Chinquapin, North Carolina, resident Pam Lanier, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering her husband, Dorian, in largely due to an odd rule of evidence known as the Doctrine of Chances.

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Law Review presents awards at annual Dan McGinn (BA ’64, JD ’67) Law Review Closing Dinner

The Wake Forest Law Review presented its annual awards at its Dan McGinn Law Review Closing Dinner held on Tuesday, April 17,  2018, at the Forsyth Country Club. The dinner is named in honor of previous editor of the Law Review Dan McGinn (BA ’64, JD ’67). The dinner, which was attended by its namesake, Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), faculty, staff and Law Review members, was sponsored by Brooks Pierce, where McGinn is a partner. Continue reading »

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Emily Scotton (JD ’18) selected as 2018 recipient of Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service

Emily Scotton (JD ’18) has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service. The award is given annually to a Wake Forest School of Law student in recognition of outstanding pro bono service to the community and is presented at the school’s special Pro Bono Honor Society dinner.   Continue reading »

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Can’t make it to the 2018 Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 20? Watch it streaming live online

Since not all of the graduates’ family and friends can travel to Winston-Salem for the Commencement weekend festivities, the law school is providing a free Livestream of the Hooding Ceremony and of Commencement.  Both will be available to watch following the ceremonies as well. Continue reading »

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Student organizations address #MeToo movement, domestic violence and sexual assault on Wednesday, April 18

Four student organizations will address issues surrounding the #MeToo movement, domestic violence, and sexual assault at two separate noon events on Wednesday, April 18, in the Worrell Professional Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest School of Law wins NCBA ‘Legal Feeding Frenzy’ five years in a row

Wake Forest School of Law has for the fifth year in a row won the North Carolina Bar Association’s North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy. The 2018 event saw more than 373,018 pounds of food collected — 66,000 more pounds of food than in 2017, according to organizers.

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Wake Forest wins historic national Trial Team championship

Imagine members of the Wake Forest University football team playing against each other for the national championship title. But in this case the field was a federal courtroom, judges and attorneys were the referees, and it was final arguments instead of touchdowns that decided who was the best in the country. Continue reading »

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Kevin Rice (JD ’18) is always on offense, in the classroom and on the field

Kevin Rice (JD ‘18) juggles a busy and competitive life, both as a Wake Forest School of Law student and a captain and the lead scorer for a professional lacrosse team, the Atlanta Blaze. This future attorney faces challenges both on and off the field, yet manages to maintain a successful academic and athletic balance with the offensive drive required for both of his passions. Continue reading »