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‘Conversation With’ hosts Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First, on Wednesday, Nov. 4

Wake Forest Law will host Elisa Massimino, president and chief executive officer of Human Rights First, as part of its “Conversation With” series at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Professor Margaret Taylor will interview Massimino in a conversation-style format. Lunch will be provided. Continue reading »

The Federalist Society to co-sponsor ‘The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure,’ by John Allison on Thursday, Oct. 29

The Federalist Society of Wake Forest Law will co-sponsor a presentation by John Allison, former chairman and CEO of BB&T and past president and CEO of the Cato Institute, about his new book “The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.

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Learn@Lunch speaker Adrienne A. Brown will present ‘Practice Perspectives from a PepsiCo Lawyer’ Oct. 26

Adrienne A. Brown, Vice President & Chief Counsel, Business + Information Solutions and Records Management, PepsiCo, will present a lecture, “Practice Perspectives from a PepsiCo Lawyer,” from 12 – 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 at Wake Forest Law in Room 1302 for law students as a part of the Learn@Lunch series. The Business Law Program and Business Law Society co-sponsor the new series for students.

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Pro Bono Week features discussion with N.C. Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley on improving access to justice on Tuesday, Oct. 27

As part of this year’s National Pro Bono Week activities, the Pro Bono Project will host a discussion between North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley and Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77) entitled, “Improving Access to Justice: A Call to Action,” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 11:45 a.m.

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John Sanders (BA ’07, JD ’16) writes on The Huffington Post blog: ‘Hillary Clinton and High-Frequency Trading’

John I. Sanders (BA ’07, JD ’16) published “Hillary Clinton and High-Frequency Trading,” on The Huffington Post blog on Monday, Oct. 19. Sanders also wrote a previous article, “Hillary Clinton’s High-Frequency Trading Mistake,” for The Huffington Post blog on Oct. 9.

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Wake Forest Law hosts Reclaiming Futures Juvenile Drug Court with Judge Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91) on Wednesday, Oct. 21

As part of Wake Forest Law’s partnership with Reclaiming Futures, a session of Teen Drug Court will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Reclaiming Futures Juvenile Drug Court provides juvenile offenders who are battling with drug problems new opportunities to make a fresh start, according to organizers. This event is open to all Wake Forest law students, faculty and the media. Continue reading »

Veterans Legal Clinic launches with aim to help North Carolina veterans

The Veterans Legal Clinic launched at Wake Forest Law in the fall of 2015 with the mission to provide legal services to veterans with legal issues stemming from or relating to their military service that are currently underserved by existing programs. Continue reading »

Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presents about legal rights to WFU residential advisors

Members of the Wake Forest School of Law Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presented information on police encounters to undergraduate Resident Advisors (RAs) at Wake Forest University Monday, Oct. 12 on the Reynolda Campus. The “Know Your Rights” project is one of The Pro Bono Project’s newest ventures, with a mission to educate different community groups about their constitutional rights in various police interactions. This year, “Know Your Rights” will offer presentations not only to members of the Wake Forest University community but also to individuals at local prisons, high schools and churches.

The presentation to RAs centered on a discussion of the movie ‘Crash,’ a 2004 film which explores racial and social tensions in Los Angeles through the intertwined stories and experiences of various characters. After RAs viewed the movie, they heard the presentation from the “Know Your Rights” team. The presentation focuses on knowledge of legal rights in three different potential encounters with police: conversations, detentions and arrests. Students were informed about the “reasonable suspicion” standard, their right to remain silent and the importance of requesting a lawyer as soon as you are arrested. Students and the “Know Your Rights” team then discussed scenes from the movie and how those situations could have played out differently and more positively.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Know Your Rights project should contact Stephanie Jackson of the Pro Bono Project at



The Federalist Society holds U.S. Supreme Court round-up on Oct. 13

Wake Forest Law’s Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society held a U.S. Supreme Court round-up featuring commentary from Professors Wilson Parker and Ron Wright on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Worrell Professional Center.

Professor Wright started the conversation by discussing criminal law cases. Wright stressed the rise in U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the 8th Amendment and the decline in cases centered around the 4th Amendment.

Some of the cases and topics Professor Wright discussed included the following.

  • Montgomery v. Louisiana: 8th Amendment and Life Imprisonment for Juveniles
  • Hurst v. Florida: Florida Death Penalty issue
  • Kansas v. Carr and Kansas v. Gleason: 8th Amendment and Death Penalty issues
  • Foster v. Chatman: Race Discrimination

Professor Parker then continued the discussion and spoke about the role Anthony Kennedy would play in the upcoming cases that deal with voting, affirmative action and abortion. Some of the cases and topics Professor Parker discussed included the following.

  • Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Affirmative action in education
  • Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: One person, One vote districting issues
  • Florida v. Georgia and Mississippi v. Tennessee: Whether or not states can seek a right of access to water sources not physically in the boundaries of their state
  • Currier v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which involves Mississippi laws regulating abortion providers and whether or not they are overly burdensome under current law

The Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies is “an organization of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government is essential to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province of the judiciary to say what the law is-not what it should be,” according to its website.


Pro Bono Project expands community offerings in new Smith Anderson Office of Community Outreach

From helping Legal Aid with “Lawyer on the Line” to assisting cancer patients with advance directives to counseling area youth through Reclaiming Futures and Teen Court programs, 41 percent of Wake Forest Law students provided 3,710 of supervised pro bono legal hours throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, equaling the highest participation in a single year, according to Pro Bono Project organizers. Continue reading »