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Wake Forest team comes in a close second at Billings Exum Frye Moot Court Competition

Lauren Emery (’16), Joey Greener (’16) and Dan Menken (’16) finished second out of 28 teams at the fifth annual Billings Exum Frye Moot Court Competition on on March 27-28 hosted by Elon Law School in Greensboro, N.C. Continue reading »

Journal of Law and Policy symposium keynote says Civil Rights Act of 1964 fundamentally shaped American lives

The Civil Rights Act should not be taken for granted. That’s the message the Journal of Law and Policy’s keynote speaker Barbara Arnwine stressed at the journal’s recent symposium, ”50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: Looking Back & Moving Forward,” held on March 20, 2015, in the Worrell Professional Center. Continue reading »

Andrew Powell (JD/MBA ’15) among Wake Forest team that takes second at Healthcare Strategy Competition

Wake Forest University School of Business held its sixth annual Healthcare Strategy Conference and Case Competition March 13-14, 2015. The event features a student-run competition and conference, hosted by the School and Wake Forest Innovations. Wake Forest School of Law’s JD/MBA Andrew Powell (’15) is one of the students on the Wake Forest team that took second at Healthcare Strategy Competition Continue reading »

Ashley Waring (‘15) and Karon Fowler (’15) argue in the Fourth Circuit appeals court

Ashley Waring (’15) and Karon Fowler (’15) both argued on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., as part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. It was the first time that the Appellate Clinic had two arguments on the same day in the Fourth Circuit, according to Clinic Director John Korzen (’81 BA, ’91 JD). The three-judge panel that heard both arguments included Judge Robert King of West Virginia, Judge Roger Gregory of Virginia, and Senior Judge Andre Davis of Maryland. Continue reading »

Pro Bono Project hosts Wills Clinic in Pembroke, N.C., on Friday, March 27

The Pro Bono Project is looking for six additional student volunteers for the final Wills Clinic of the semester, scheduled from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Friday, March 27, in Pembroke, N.C. Law students who volunteer will be working with local attorneys to help seniors draft and notarize simple wills, according to Bradley Setzer (’16), Pro Bono Project volunteer coordinator.

Student Trial Advocacy team named American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Regional Champions

Wake Forest Law fielded two teams in the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition (STAC) held in Raleigh, N.C.,  over the weekend of March 20, 2015.  The second team representing Wake Forest, led by team captain Josh Adam (’15) and teammates Daniel Galyon (’16), McKinney Brown (’15), and Zabrina Delgado (’16), was named AAJ Regional Champion and will advance to the final rounds.

University of Chicago Law Professor Eric Posner to present Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 2

Professor Eric Posner will present the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at noon on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Professor Posner is the Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Arthur and Ester Kane Research Chair at the University of Chicago.
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Wake Forest Law teams up with ABA to host ‘Wake Cares’ on Friday, March 27

It’s no secret that law school can be stressful. In fact, 96 percent of law students report feeling stressed and 40 percent report experiencing depression by their third year. The American Bar Association and Wake Forest Law want you to know that you’re not alone. That’s why “Wake Cares” is being hosted on Friday, March 27, which has been designated Mental Health Day by the ABA and Wake Forest Law. Continue reading »
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Christopher Barron (’00) is keynote speaker for first OUTLaw fundraising banquet on Thursday, April 16, 2015

OUTLaw, the organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied law students at Wake Forest Law, is holding its inaugural Advocacy and Awareness Dinner on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at The Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem as a fundraising event for the group.

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Erin McKee (’15) creates website to help older adults navigate new voter laws

Getting information can be tough, even in a world of instantaneous, relentless, personalized information. That may seem counterintuitive, but Erin McKee, a student in the Wake Forest University School of Law, believes otherwise.

She wants to help.

In 2016, North Carolina — following the lead of many states — will implement new voter laws, including a requirement to present a valid ID at the polls.

Sounds simple enough, though McKee (’15) knows better.

“Although the majority of Americans have some kind of government-issued photo ID, as many as 11 (percent) do not,” she wrote in a blog post for the American Society on Aging. “Among those who lack this kind of ID, many are over age 65. In fact, (one) in (five) citizens over age 65 are estimated to be without a valid government-issued ID.”

Many older people don’t drive, and many either don’t have or can’t find a birth certificate, said McKee, who understands the inherent challenges as we grow older.

“It was hard enough to get all those things together when you were young and had your parents helping you out.,” says McKee, who earned an MFA from Hollins University. “A lot of states, especially in rural areas of the deep South, didn’t even provide birth certificates before 1950.”

“The Internet is so personalized; if you don’t want to hear about the voter ID laws, then you won’t.”

People should, of course, try to learn about new laws and regulations, rules that directly — or even indirectly — affect their lives.

McKee wants to make sure of it. She has helped to create a website,, which she’ll promote Wednesday, March 25, as part of “A Helping Hand in the Voting Booth: Helping Older Adults Navigate New Voter ID Laws” during the 2015 Aging in America Conference in Chicago.

McKee and her husband, Phillip Bost, began work on the website in January. It launched March 1, 2015.

McKee, who grew up in Morganton, N.C., hopes to reach a large and diverse audience, made up of people who will, in turn, disseminate the information in their respective communities.

“I think our end-user is not necessarily the older voters themselves,” she said. “I think our task is getting an audience with people in the community who work with older individuals, educating them that this is an issue affecting your clients, your community.

“It would be great if these folks looked at the laws in their state and were on the lookout for clients and contacts that did not have what they need to vote and could use the site as a resource for how to proceed.

“I hope I can touch base with people in a lot of aging-related fields and let them know about the program, to touch base with policy and advocacy organizations and see what strategies they’ve used to educate people.”

The voting project began as McKee, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill University, worked in the Elder Law Clinic with Professor Kate Mewhinney. Since then McKee has done programs with AARP NC, the N.C. Voter Education Project, Democracy NC and the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad.

“I gave a short talk about curbside assistance for older and disabled voters on Election Day, which included the mention of the voter ID law set to go into effect in North Carolina in 2016. I quickly became aware that voter ID laws have a disproportionate impact on older voters and wondered about the laws already in place in other states.”

Professor Mewhinney says she is so proud of students like McKee, “who learn about harsh laws and react with compassion and care towards those affected.  She has harnessed technology and the internet so that communities can better assist low-income elders to vote.”

Mewhinney adds,  “Our clients face the challenges of aging with extremely limited resources.  It troubles me to see laws enacted that deprive the most vulnerable of these elders of the right to vote, simply because they lack government IDs.  Instead of silencing their voices, we should be reaching out to help and empower them.”

 McKee calls Mewhinney “an incredible mentor to me.”

“Without my experience in the Elder Law Clinic I would have never had the confidence to take on a project like this. From day one, Professor Mewhinney encouraged me to research topics that interested me, learn more about them, and to share that knowledge. With this encouragement, I have written several articles for NCBA Elder Law and Health Law section newsletters. These projects started to change my thoughts when I saw the need for a particular resource — from ‘someone ‘should make this’ to ‘I should make this.’

“Professor Mewhinney is also great at making sure students get out into the community and showing them a broader pictures of aging that I think is necessary to be a good elder law attorney. Being able to see this big picture of law and aging helped me to identify the need for a resource like the one I ended up creating.”

The voting laws enacted by the states are under attack in lawsuits throughout the country, including North Carolina.

The American Civil Liberties Union, on its website, says 30 states require voters to present identification to vote in federal, state and local elections.

“Research shows that more than 21 million Americans do not have government-issued photo identification; a disproportionate number of these Americans are low-income, racial and ethnic minorities and elderly … (T)hese laws impede access to the polls and are at odds with the fundamental right to vote.”

Says McKee, “People’s rights being are threatened, and I want to seize the opportunity to advocate for them.”