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Austin Thompson (JD ’17) and Professor Steve Virgil need your vote in Nano Startup Challenge in Cancer

Austin Thompson (JD ’17) and Professor Steve Virgil are members of a Wake Forest cross-disciplinary team competing in this year’s Nano Startup Challenge in Cancer. In order to advance into the next round of the competition, the video created by C6ENTINEL needs to have the most votes. Voting for their video on Youtube by giving the video a “thumbs up” ends on Friday, April 22.

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Pro Bono Project earns American Bar Association ‘A Day of Service’ award for 2015 Pro Bono Week

The Pro Bono Project is the recipient of the American Bar Association (ABA) Day of Service Award from the Law Student Division thanks in part to Wake Forest Law students’ dedication to pro bono legal services, especially during the ABA’s Pro Bono Week in October 2015.

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Danya Bin Mahaysin, SJD, Presents Dissertation on Saudi Arabian Adoption of CEDAW

In a very short time, Danya Bin Mahaysin will hold the distinction of being the first woman to graduate from the relatively young SJD program at Wake Forest Law. Recently, Bin Mahaysin successfully defended her dissertation to her faculty advising committee, and then presented her research and findings to faculty, staff, and fellow classmates.

Bin Mahaysin’s dissertation is entitled “Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Saudi Arabia: Towards a Powerful CEDAW.” The dissertation and Bin Mahaysin’s presentation of it explores areas in which Saudi Arabia has both succeeded and failed in implementing the mandates of CEDAW. Bin Mahaysin began her presentation with a brief history of CEDAW, and the Saudi ratification of that convention, as well as an overview of the Saudi Arabian legal system and its history and legislative processes.

The heart of Bin Mahaysin’s research involved three Saudi Arabian laws that are in direct conflict with CEDAW. The first of these is the law of nationality, which restricts women’s rights in terms of passing their nationality to their children. Further, employment laws that include lower retirement rates, restrictions on areas of practice, and a lack of sexual harassment regulations. And finally the guardianship system, in which men have the right of guardianship over their wives, daughters, and sisters. This system leads to forced marriages, no legal standing in divorce proceedings, and denied rights to education.

Bin Mahaysin explained why she chose this topic for her dissertation, saying that there needs to be a Saudi Arabian voice discussing and helping to solve Saudi Arabian problems. This was evident in the solutions she offered. These included reformations of the previously mentioned laws, following in the footsteps of other middle-eastern countries that have done the same. Bin Mahaysin also suggests that a group of like-minded activists, much like the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the United States, may be able to affect the change needed. Bin Mahaysin also suggested finding new, cooperative international mechanisms that would activate the CEDAW convention and enforce all signatory countries to respect the whole of its provisions.

After her presentation, Bin Mahaysin took questions and comments from her colleagues and professors, specifically on the feasibility of enforcing any changes, and questions on the conflict between CEDAW and Sharia law. The presentation closed with Bin Mahaysin thanking Professor Shannon Gilreath, her dissertation advisor, and a hearty round of applause for Bin Mahaysin herself.

Pro Bono Honors Dinner 2016

Pro Bono Honors Society Dinner celebrates 49 new inductees

Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project welcomed a record 49 new inductees into the Pro Bono Honor Society this year, a huge increase from the 17 students inducted in 2015. Together, this year’s inductees logged over 3500 hours of pro bono work throughout the academic year. In order to be eligible for induction, students had to personally log 50 hours of pro bono work in one school year or 75 hours over multiple years.

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Kelly Austin (JD ’16) receives Smith Anderson Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award

Kelly Austin (JD ’16) is the recipient of the 2016 Smith Anderson Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award. Austin was recognized for her unwavering commitment to increasing access to justice and living out the Pro Humanitate mission of Wake Forest University at the Pro Bono Honor Society dinner on April 16. Throughout her three years in law school, Austin volunteered for numerous projects that help children navigate the legal system, but the one that stood out to her most was the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program.

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Mike Stephens (JD ’18) wins 45th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition

Mike Stephens  (JD ’18), a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, won the 45th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition final round on Friday, April 15, in the Worrell Professional Center.

Stephens argued in opposition of Malcolm Boyd  (JD ’18), a native of Hartsville, South Carolina, who was named runner-up of the competition.  Continue reading »

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Professor Rebecca Morrow and Maria Nkonge (JD/M.Div ’16) chosen to speak at 2016 Hooding Ceremony

The Wake Forest Law Class of 2016 has chosen Professor Rebecca Morrow and Maria Nkonge (JD/M.Div ’16) to be the speakers for the Wake Forest University School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

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45th Walker Moot Court Competition finals set for Friday, April 15

The Wake Forest Moot Court has announced its first-year finalists for the 45th Walker Moot Court Competition. The semi-final rounds will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14.  The final round will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 15, Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. Continue reading »

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Graduation Profile: Alena Baker Mosier (JD ’16)

Student Profile: Alena Baker Mosier (JD ’16)

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Class of 2016 wins Pro Bono Project Competition for 2015-2016 academic year

Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project will celebrate the Class of 2016 as the winners of the class that logged the most pro bono hours over the 2015-2016 school year with a barbecue dinner at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the Law Commons.

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