Student Life

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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1L Trial Team wins 2017 Kilpatrick Townsend Mock Trial Competition

Members of Wake Forest Law’s 1L Trial Team — Virginia Stanton, Tim Day, Ashley Collette, Stephanie Johnson and Ashley DiMuzio — beat out 33 other teams from North Carolina law schools to win the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)’s 2017 Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition held Jan. 19-21, 2017.

“We competed in five rounds over two days to bring the trophy home to Wake Forest Law,” DiMuzio explained.

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Journal of Law and Policy to live webcast ‘Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm’ symposium on Friday, Feb. 24

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy will present the symposium, “Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. Up to four hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available from the North Carolina Bar for both the live in-person event and live webcast, according to organizers. The event will be live webcast. Registration is available (but not required).

“We encourage those watching the live webcast to submit questions for any of our presenters on Twitter @WFULawJLP or e-mail JLP at,” says Symposium Editor Erica Oates.

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Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law presents ‘Banking Law: Current and Future Issues’ symposium on Friday, Feb. 10

Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (JBIPL) will focus on a variety of banking issues at its spring symposium, “Banking Law: Current and Future Issues,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. WFDD reported on the symposium here.

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Photo of Wake Forest Law student Katie Barkley (JD '17) posing in front of the Worrell Professional Center.

Student Profile – Katie Barkley (JD ’17)

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

Undergraduate education: Psychology major and sociology and history minors at the University of San Francisco, Class of 2011

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I really just went with my gut. I felt a positive vibe when I came to visit the school. I was also awarded a great scholarship that allowed me to choose Wake Forest.

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Photo of law student Jasmine Gregory (JD '18) posing in front of the Worrell Professional Center

Student Profile – Jasmine Gregory (JD ’18)

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

Undergraduate education: Elon University, B.A. in Strategic Communications with minors in history and African-American studies.

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I choose Wake Forest after visiting during my law school application process. The environment at Wake Forest was diverse, and the professors seemed very helpful and interested in the advancement of their students. Additionally, the student body seemed very friendly and collegial, and all had good things to say about their experience here at Wake Forest. I looked at several other law schools in the mid-Atlantic region, but none seemed to compare to Wake Forest Law.

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Photo of law student, Mike Garrigan (JD '19), in front of the Worrell Professional Center

Student Profile – Mike Garrigan (JD ’19)

Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina

Undergraduate education: I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997 with a degree in History and Political Science.

Why I Chose Wake Forest Law: When I visited Wake Forest Law, I was impressed with the quality of instruction, the small class size and the friendliness among students.

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