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Pro Bono Project establishes Family Preparedness Project

Bilingual Wake Forest Law students volunteered in the Family Preparedness Project, a new initiative led by the Pro Bono Project that seeks to provide durable powers of attorney for individuals in North Carolina who may be at risk of deportation. Student coordinators, Emily Scotton (JD ’18) and Vanessa Garrido (JD ’18), organized client appointments at the Downtown Health Plaza in Winston-Salem over the course of four evenings in April.

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Paul Lancaster Adams (JD ’93) featured in Lawdragon.com’s ‘Lawyer Limelight’

Paul Lancaster Adams (JD ’93) was recently featured in Lawdragon.com’s weekly “Lawyer Limelight” segment for his exceptional career as a litigator. Based in Philadelphia, Adams currently practices at Ogletree Deakins. He has won numerous accolades for his work, including recognition in Lawdragon’s Guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers.

The original Q&A was published on Lawdragon.com on June 11, 2017, and it is posted below.  Continue reading »

Virginia Johnson (JD ‘85) appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Virginia Johnson (JD ‘85) was recently appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

 The Department of the Interior welcomed 19 staff members to spearhead the department throughout the Trump Administration. Newly-appointed positions include Chief of Staff to the Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, Principal Deputy Solicitor and two Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries.

The original story “Dept. of Interior announces 19 new hires” was published in the Samoa News on June 4, 2017. An excerpt from the article is posted below. Continue reading »

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Professor Laura Graham (JD ’94) to lead Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) Program

Professor Laura Graham (JD ’94) will take over as director of Wake Forest Law’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) Program as of July 1, 2017.

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North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Kaitlin Price (BA ’13, JD ’16)

Wake Forest Law is the only ranked law school in the country that is also home to a working business court. When the North Carolina Business Court heard its first case in January 2017 in its newest court located in the Worrell Professional Center, it came to light that Wake Forest Law alumni are currently working as clerks within each of the four state business court locations in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro as well as Winston-Salem. Kaitlin Price (BA ’13, JD ’16) is the Judicial Law Clerk at North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro. A native of Albermarle, North Carolina, Price is gaining hands-on litigation experience, increasing her understanding of business law and interacting with some of the state’s top business attorneys as part of her clerkship. Following is an interview with Price about her clerkship. Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for May 26, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of May 26, 2017:

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Summer Pop-up Legal Project pairs Wake Forest, UNC law students with non-profits

Graphic image featuring the words ERDOS Intellectual Property Law Startup LegalThe partners at Winston-Salem’s Erdos IP Law saw two problems. First, many nonprofits have legal needs but cannot afford the current market rate for legal services. Second, fewer law firms are hiring and paying law students during the summer.

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Watch Livestream of ‘Justice for Shylock’ featuring Wake Forest faculty, alumni with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday, June 21

The Library of Congress will host “Justice for Shylock: A Mock Appeal Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public. Registration does not guarantee seats.

The event will also be Livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

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David S. Jonas (JD ‘81) expected to be named U.S. Department of Energy general counsel

David S. Jonas (JD ‘81) wears many hats. From being a partner at Fluet, Herbert & Hoang to serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, Jonas is expected to become the next general counsel for the Department of Energy. On May 23, 2017, the Office of the Press Secretary reported President Donald  J. Trump announced his intent to nominate some key positions in his Administration, Jonas being among the nominees. Continue reading »

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Gelila Selassie (JD ’15) to work with North Carolina seniors as 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow

A former co-director of Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project has been named a 2017 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellow. Gelila Selassie (JD ’15) joins 77 recent law graduates who will dedicate the next two years to providing legal service to low-income and underserved populations. Selassie is the only 2017 fellow from Wake Forest Law.

In her role as a EJW Fellow, she will work to improve the quality of life for seniors in North Carolina through legal representation in health care access and elder abuse cases while hosted at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, according to EJW. Her fellowship is sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.

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