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Pro Bono Project presents a JOINT clinic: Wills and Advance Directives on Friday, April 8

Wake Forest University School of Law’s Pro Bono Project is hosting a Joint Clinic for Advance Directives and Wills for members of Shiloh Baptist Church and the greater community from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Trained students, under the supervision of licensed attorneys, will assist clients in completing their legal paperwork.

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Student Profile: Crystal Richmond (MSL ’16)

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Undergraduate school and major: I attended undergraduate at the University of Memphis where I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.

Why I chose to pursue the MSL degree: I decided to pursue Wake Forest Law’s Master of Studies in Law degree because of the flexibility of distance learning while still being able to develop analytical and reasoning skills.

What I like about Wake Forest Law’s MSL: The courses are aggressively up-to-date. Each topic receives careful and comprehensive treatment. While some courses may be challenging, they also provide a great thought-provoking learning experience. They also provide a well-rounded, but in-depth understanding of the law. I enjoy having an environment where I can work with professionals from all over the world, rich online databases and online tools combined with the possibility to study from wherever I am. I can travel with my studies and learn at any time of the day. All I need is dedication and a computer.

Applying MSL to my career: The program is very well devised: coherent and wide-ranging. More importantly, it is rigorous and challenging and the professors are amazingly helpful. Upon completion of the program, I will have a new horizon of career options. Through the program I have been able to obtain a more in-depth knowledge of law for certain areas that are of interest to me. The skills and knowledge I have gained so far have proven to be most valuable to me in my position as a paralegal and a small business owner. I am very glad that I opted for this program.


Wake Forest Community Law and Business Clinic mentioned in Triad Business Journal article about the New Ventures Challenge 2016

Wake Forest Community Law and Business Clinic was mentioned in the following article, “Flywheel business idea competition to award $400K in seed funding,” originally published in the Triad Business Journal on March 23, 2016. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law Review to host ‘Implementing De-Incarceration Strategies: Policies and Practices to Reduce Crime and Mass Incarceration’ on Friday, April 1

The Wake Forest Law Review will present “Implementing De-Incarnation Strategies: Policies and Practices to Reduce Crime and Mass Incarceration” from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. The North Carolina State Bar Association has approved 5.25 hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for this year’s symposium. The keynote speaker of event will also be live webcast from 11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at this link.

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Second-year JD students Thomas Gaffney, Chris Choe and Kelly Donigan are spending the semester studying at a law school in Beijing.

Wake Forest Law offers students unique study abroad opportunity through new partnership with UIBE School of Law in Beijing, China

For the first time in the history of Wake Forest Law, JD students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying at a university in China. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law trial teams earn exceptional success in competitions, advance to nationals

Wake Forest Law’s trial teams have been highly successful in the past month, winning major regional competitions and advancing to the national finals of two major trial competitions: the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) National Trial Competition and the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

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VALOR announces new 2016 executive board

The Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR) has announced its new executive board for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Crissy Dixon (JD '16) and the winning MACHE bowl team

Law students shine at fourth annual Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Interdisciplinary Bowl Competition

Wake Forest Law students Rachel Raimondi (JD ’16), Crissy Dixon (JD ’16) and John Allen Riggins (JD ’18) competed in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) Interdisciplinary Bowl Competition on Saturday, March 19, at Biotech Place. Dixon’s team took first place overall in this year’s fourth annual MACHE Bowl.

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Carson Smith (JD ’16) named Law Student of the Year by The National Jurist

Carson Smith (JD ’16) is the first Wake Forest Law student to be recognized by The National Jurist as Law Student of the Year. He is one of five students recognized from law schools across the nation in the current issue of the magazine. Smith was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in management. Prior to entering law school, he worked in management and sales for a medical services company.

While in law school, Smith has been very involved with the Pro Bono Project, this year serving as the executive director. In the past three years he has volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, mentored juveniles who have been drug abusers in the Reclaiming Futures project and served as a coordinator for the law school and YWCS’s Teen Court Program. Following graduation, Smith plans to return to his home town as a public defender, providing legal services to individuals unable to afford adequate representation.

Outreach Director Beth Hopkins says, “His imprint on our program has heightened the student body’s understanding of pro bono services, and as a visionary, he has broadened the Wake Forest Law’s pro bono outreach in this community. Smith’s contributions to our program have sealed the law school’s place in its quest for providing legal information to that segment of the community that has the greatest need for justice.”

The National Jurist article is entitled “Law Students of the Year” and can be found here. The section of the story that features Smith is as follows.

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Panthers General Counsel Richard Thigpen and former University of Texas President Bill Powers to discuss intersection of football and law at noon Wednesday, March 30

Wake Forest Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) will host Richard Thigpen, general counsel for the Carolina Panthers, and Bill Powers, former president of the University of Texas, to speak about their experiences in the intersection of football and the law. The event, entitled “Championship Counsel: A Dialogue with Richard Thigpen and Bill Powers,” will take place at noon on Wednesday, March 30, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Students wishing to attend should RSVP before the event. Powers will also speak at noon on Thursday, March 31, as part of the law school’s “Conversation With” series.

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