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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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AAJ Trial Team

Trial teams win AAJ Regional Championship second year in a row in first all-Wake Forest Law final in tournament history

With almost inarticulable pride, American Association of Justice (AAJ) Coaches Matt Breeding (JD ’06) and Katie King (JD ’12) announced on Monday, March 14, that Wake Forest School of Law has won the AAJ Regional Championship for the second year in a row. And they did so by narrowly defeating … Wake Forest.

“That’s right: the top two teams at this year’s regional tournament were both from our beloved law school,” the coaches said.

Just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016, the two talented trial teams from Wake Forest Law met in the Wake County Courthouse for the final round of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition (STAC) held in Raleigh, North Carolina, over the weekend. Wake Forest’s first team, led by overall captain Joshua Bussen (JD ’16) won a hard-fought battle against its most formidable rival, Wake Forest’s second team, led by captain Daniel Galyon (JD ’16). The round could not have been closer, with Bussen’s team winning two judges to one over Galyon’s squad.

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Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Team members, from left to right: James Lathrop ('17), Emily Jeske ('17) and Katherine Haddock ('17)

Wake Forest Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Team reaches final four

The Wake Forest Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court team of Katherine Haddock (JD ’17), Emily Jeske (JD ’17) and James Lathrop (JD ’17) competed from March 3-5 at the Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition at Albany School of Law in Albany, New York.

“The team represented Wake Forest beautifully, reaching the final four round and earning high praise from every panel of judges they faced,” said Professor Laura Graham, the team’s adviser.

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Third-year law students Lauren Emery, Woody Angle, Kaitlin Price and Professor John Korzen pose in NYC during the National Moot Court finals.

National Moot Court Team competes in finals in New York

The National Moot Court Team of Robert “Woody” Angle (JD ’16), Lauren Emery (JD ’16), and Kaitlin Price (JD’16) recently competed in the National Finals of the 66th annual National Moot Court Competition, which were held in midtown Manhattan. Continue reading »

Fourth Circuit rules in favor of Appellate Advocacy Clinic

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in favor of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic in the case of Kent Stahle v. CTS Corporation on March 2.  Continue reading »

Online MSL student Crystal Richmond, a paralegal from Atlanta, Georgia, talks with Professor Ellen Murphy about her coursework. Murphy is the law school's assistant dean for instructional design.

Wake Forest Law launches part-time, online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree with focus on health care, HR

Wake Forest Law has launched a fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree program for working professionals who want a better understanding of the law.

Applications for Fall 2016 are now being accepted here. The degree program, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence that are hallmarks of Wake Forest Law. The online MSL is the law school’s first wholly online degree offering.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring a Wake Forest Law education to individuals who would not have been able to take advantage of this unique opportunity solely because of geography,” explains Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77). “Our new online MSL degree is designed to help professionals reach the next level in their careers.” Continue reading »