Alumni

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Lisa Roach (JD ’17) addresses legalization of medical aid-in-dying at North Carolina clinical ethics conference

Lisa Roach (JD ’17) presented at a statewide conference of the Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina with the theme “Conundrums in Clinical Ethics Consultation: Consciousness, Capacity, and Compulsion” held on Feb. 24, 2017, at NOVANT Health Forsyth Medical Center.

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Veterans Legal Clinic featured on Mic.com Network

The Veterans Legal Clinic is featured in the following story, “In Service of Those Who Served: Law Schools & Veterans Legal Clinics,” written by Thomas Tobin and published on Mic.com Network on Feb. 22, 2017.

For many of America’s veterans, help is coming from an unlikely source—the local law school. From Harvard and Yale to Widener and Wake Forest, law students are providing legal assistance to veterans through clinical programs.

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Pro Bono Project students, alumni to help coastal North Carolina Habitat for Humanity clients over Spring Break 2017

Wake Forest Law students involved in the Pro Bono Project are going to bring their Pro Humanitate spirit to help North Carolina coastal residents over Spring Break 2017, according to Executive Director Sarah Saint (JD ’17).

Under the direction of supervising attorneys, who also happen to be Wake Forest Law alumni, students will conduct a Wills and Advance Directives Clinic at the Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity on March 3-7.

“I cannot encourage you enough to take a few days out of your Spring Break to give back,” Saint wrote in an email to students. “This is a great experience if you have any interest in drafting documents, elder law, poverty law, estate planning, health care law, or just love pro bono.”

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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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Medal of Honor recipient to speak on behalf of Veterans Legal Clinic on Wednesday, March 15, in Winston-Salem, Charlotte

Wake Forest Law will host two events, co-sponsored by Bank of America, on Wednesday, March 15 — one in Winston-Salem and one in Charlotte —  to highlight the work of the law school’s new Veterans Legal Clinic. The keynote speaker is U.S. Army Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg whose presentation is entitled, “Opportunities Earned and Leadership Learned: An American Hero’s Journey.”

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Francie Scott (JD ’04) has article published in NALP’s February bulletin

Francie Scott (JD ’04), assistant director of the Office of Career & Professional Development, has authored an article in the NALP February bulletin.

In her role as the OCPD’s associate director, Scott counsels students on all aspects of professional development and career planning.  She helped create the curriculum and implement the law school’s mandatory 1L Professional Development course, covering career development, job search skills, and professionalism. She currently serves as the Director of Professional Development, where she maintains primary oversight for the course syllabus and teaching.

The article, published in the February 2017 NALP Bulletin, is entitled “Habit Forming: Self-Care as an Essential Element of Professional Development” and discusses incorporating self-care into professional development training.

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Professor Chris Nero Coughlin (JD ’90) publishes redistricting op/ed in News and Observer

Professor Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ’90) and her research assistant, Adam Messenlehner, wrote the following op/ed, “Return NC to a democracy through fair redistricting,” that was published originally in the Raleigh News and Observer on Feb. 9, 2017.

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The Jurist is now available online at DigitalNC

Looking for a former roommate, an old trial team photo or a feature about a professor or classmate from the past 25 years?

The Jurist, Wake Forest Law’s alumni magazine, is now available online in its entirety on DigitalNC, a service of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Each publication since the first issue, which was released in the spring of 1971, can be accessed digitally and is searchable, thanks in large part to the efforts of Alan Keely, associate director for Collection Services and Systems for the Wake Forest Law Library, who was instrumental throughout the process, says Jurist Editor Lisa Snedeker.

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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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