Student Life

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2017 PILO auctions raise record $20,000 for summer grants

The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) raised a record $20,000 from its 2017 annual online and live auctions, which are held to raise money to provide grants for students with unpaid public interest internships during the summer.

“The PILO Executive Board is proud to announce that with your support we surpassed our fundraising goal for the 2017 auction by raising just over $20,000,” PILO President Stephanie Jackson(JD ’17) announced in an email to the law school. “These proceeds will be used to fund unpaid summer public interest internships for Wake Forest Law students through Professor Hopkins Pro Humanitate Grants.”

The online auction was held from Feb. 1-8 and the live auction on Feb. 9 in the Worrell Professional Center. It was open to Wake Forest Law students, faculty, staff and alumni, with Professor Steve Virgil serving as Master of Ceremonies. The professional auctioneer donated his services, the organizers said.

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Group photo of the Wake Forest School of Law National Trial Team in courtroom, including Sophia Vazquez (JD '17), Daniel Stratton (JD '17) and Joe Karam (JD '18)

National Trial Team wins regional competition for third consecutive year, moves on to nationals March 22-26

For the third consecutive year, the National Trial Team has won the regional TYLA National Trial Competition.

“I am in awe of the winningest trial team coaches in Wake Forest history: Mark Boynton (JD ’97) and Stephanie Reese (JD ’96).  I have no words to express how proud I am of them, and I am very seldom at a loss for words,” said Professor Carol Anderson, director of Trial Practice and the Litigation Externship Clinic.

Daniel Stratton (JD ’17), Sophia Vazquez (JD ’17) and Joe Karam (JD ’18) defeated host school University of Georgia in the semi-finals and then defeated Emory University in the finals.  The team now moves on to nationals March 22-26 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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‘Just Mercy’ author Bryan Stevenson to speak on Tuesday, Feb. 21

“Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson will discuss, “Living a Social Justice Commitment,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as part of Guilford College’s Bryan Series. Wake Forest University’s Innovation Quarter and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will Livestream his lecture in the atrium of Biotech Place.

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Prospective law students receive insight into application process

Prospective law school students were given a glimpse into the admissions process at an “After You Submit” panel discussion on Feb. 7, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center.

Attendees in all stages of the application process received behind-the-scenes look from law admissions representatives from Wake Forest University, University of Tennessee, University of Arizona and Southern Methodist University.

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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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Photo of law student, Samantha Poon (JD '18), near a window inside the Worrell Professional Center

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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Group photo of Coach and Professor John Korzen (JD '91) and National Moot Court Champions holding their trophies, including Matt Cloutier (JD '17), Mia Falzarano (JD '17), and Blake Stafford (JD '17)

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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