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Journal of Law and Policy announces new 2017-2018 editors

The Journal of Law and Policy has named its new Board of Editors for the 2017-2018 academic year.The staff of the Journal oversees the production of the Journal and is selected based on the following criteria: academic success, performance in an annual writing competition, and, in some cases, prior experience in law and policy.

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BLSA mock trial team advances to national competition March 7-12

A Wake Forest Black Law Students Association mock trial team has been granted a seat at the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition on March 7-12 in Houston, Texas.

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Student Profile – Samantha Poon (JD ’18)

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Undergraduate education: I graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and have a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies.

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I chose Wake Forest because of the generally welcoming environment I felt at admissions day, the community-oriented atmosphere, the small class sizes and great faculty. I couldn’t have made a better choice.

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No longer a minority, Wake Forest Law’s long history of strong women leaders influence current students

In 1966, Rhoda Billings graduated first in her class from Wake Forest University School of Law. She was the only woman.

The year Billings enrolled in law school — 1963 — was also the year the American Bar Association (ABA) first began recording data on gender and law school enrollment. Fifty years after Billing’s graduation, women make up the majority of students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools.

But Billings (JD ’66) is just one remarkable woman in a long line of strong women leaders at Wake Forest Law.

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Wake Forest Law wins National Moot Court Competition

The Wake Forest National Moot Court Team of Matt Cloutier (JD ’17), Mia Falzarano (JD ’17) and Blake Stafford (JD ’17) won the National Moot Court Competition, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in New York City.

Falzarano won the award for Best Oralist in the final round, while Stafford won the award for Second Best Oralist. In addition, the team’s brief earned the Best Brief award. The brief, primarily authored by Stafford, was one key to the team’s success, because the brief counts for 40 percent of the total score in each round of the competition.

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NYT best-selling author Caitlin Doughty to deliver Journal of Law and Policy symposium keynote on Thursday, Feb. 23

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy (JLP) spring symposium will commence with a keynote address from Los Angeles-based mortician and funeral director Caitlin Doughty, a death positivism activist and the author of a New York Times best-seller on theory and culture, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public.

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Photo of two middle school students watching Forsyth County Judge Denise Hartsfield (JD '91) speak during the Pro Bono Project's 'Know Your Rights' event

Pro Bono Project ‘Know Your Rights’ program expanding, nominated for ABA award

The Pro Bono Project‘s “Know Your Rights” program has been nominated for the North Carolina Bar Association Annual Pro Bono Award following a request by the Forsyth County School District to expand the program’s reach into area schools. This interactive project has been a pivotal education force in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, area, providing presentations to local communities considered “at-risk” when it comes to understanding the state and federal laws involved in routine interactions with law enforcement officers.

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Bidding for online PILO annual auction continues through Feb. 8, live auction set for Feb. 9

The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) will host it’s biggest annual fundraiser — the PILO Auction — beginning online on Feb. 1-8 with the live auction following beginning  at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. You can bid on items including a weekend at Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) mountain cabin on the New River, airplane rides and dinners with faculty and hand-painted watercolors.
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BLSA to host 32nd Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 10

The annual Wake Forest Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Banquet, established in 1985 to fund three student scholarships, will be Friday, Feb. 10, in the Hearn Ballroom of the Winston Salem Marriott. This year’s theme,  inspired by the uplifting words of President Barack Obama, will be “Yes We Can. Yes We Will.”

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Inaugural SBA Wellness Week kicks off Monday, Feb. 6

The Student Bar Association (SBA), the student government body of Wake Forest Law, will highlight resources for practicing self-care through its inaugural Wellness Week beginning Feb. 6-10, 2017, by addressing a different facets of mental health and well-being each day from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Law Commons and beyond.

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