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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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North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Kelly Warlich (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 and now in Winston-Salem. Kelly Warlich (JD ’16) is the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael Robinson at the North Carolina Business Court in Winston-Salem. A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, Warlich majored in psychology at Oberlin College before attending Wake Forest Law. “I have really enjoyed seeing hearings and attorneys’ different argument styles, as well as hearing the perspectives of, and learning from, the Business Court judges,” she says. Following is an interview with Warlich about her clerkship.

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Brian Gallagher (JD ’84) named Marshall University interim dean of pharmacy

Brian A. Gallagher (JD ’84) was appointed as interim dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. The original story, “MU names Gallagher interim pharmacy dean,” was published on The Herald-Dispatch website on May 11, 2017.  An excerpt follows: Continue reading »

Greenville, North Carolina, City Attorney David A. Holec (JD ’80) announces retirement

Greenville, North Carolina, City Attorney David A. Holec (JD ’80) announced his retirement after nearly 37 years in municipal law and 20 years with Greenville’s City Council. The story, “After two decades, city attorney transitions out,” that follows was originally published on The Daily Reflector’s website on May 13, 2017. Continue reading »

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NCBA honors Judge Fred Morrison Jr. (JD ’63) with first Administrative Law Award

Judge Fred Morrison (JD ’63) was recently honored with the first Administrative Law Award for Excellence from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). The NCBA published the following story, “Administrative Law Honors Morrison,” on its website.

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Wake Forest Law celebrates first Two-Year International JDs, confers hoods on 200-plus graduates

The Wake Forest University School of Law conferred hoods on more than 200 graduates on Sunday, May 14, including 177 Juris Doctor degree candidates, 17 International Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, nine Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates and four Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (SJD) candidates. The school conferred hoods on its first Two-Year International JD graduates — Julia de la Parra and Santiago Herrera of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Shou Li of Liuzhou, China.

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Appellate Advocacy Clinic finishes Spring 2017 semester with activity in six appeals

The Appellate Advocacy Clinic has just completed a busy stretch that included work in six different appeals in four appellate courts, according to Professor John Korzen (’91), clinic director. Continue reading »