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Innocence and Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Program co-sponsor ‘Re-Thinking Drug Policy’ symposium on Monday, Oct. 2

The Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Criminal Justice Program are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Re-Thinking Drug Policy: Seeking Solutions Based on Law, Science and Public Health,” with the Rethinking Community Program, the Office of the Provost, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Engagement Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction and Clinical and Translational Science Institute from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine St., 5th Floor Tiered Classroom, in downtown Winston-Salem.

The event, which is also sponsored by Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), is free and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with “International Wrongful Conviction Day.”

Three hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits (one hour of substance abuse, two hours of general) have been approved by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) for a fee. 

 

After four decades, policy analysts across the political spectrum have come to recognize that the War on Drugs is both ineffective and counterproductive. The “tough on crime” policies have led to massive increases in incarceration and have served to nurture, rather than dismantle, drug cartels. The use of mandatory minimums aimed at targeting traffickers, has instead led to essentially criminalizing addiction, throwing low level addicts into prison and only exacerbating mental health conditions. The utter failure of the War on Drugs is showcased in the current public health epidemic presented by the opioid crisis. Across the country, opioid abuse and overdose related deaths are rapidly rising to unprecedented rates. This symposium will provide context for the history of what led to this current state, consider solutions that incorporate not only the medical and scientific concerns related to addiction and over prescription, but also the criminal justice responses that have bloated our prisons and devastated families and communities across the country.

The event will be streamed live online, as well as available in two video sessions for viewing later.  Using Google Chrome is recommended.

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Bobby Griffin (JD ’67) inducted into N.C. Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame

Four new members of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame were inducted on Thursday, June 22, at the 119th NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.

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Alumni, Professor Joel Newman among those to be honored at annual NCBA meeting June 22-25

A number of Wake Forest Law alumni are among those set to be honored at the 119th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25, 2017, in Asheville. Continue reading »

Three alumni among NCBA 2017 Citizen Lawyer Award recipients to be honored in June

Ray Bretzmann (BA ’71, JD ’74), Robert Ramseur (BA ’92, JD ’95) and Susan Harman-Scott (JD ‘86) of Manteo are among those who will receive Citizen Lawyer Awards on Friday, June 23, recently received the North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award. Bretzmann and Ramseur are two of 12 lawyers among the 10th class of Citizen Lawyer Award recipients who will be recognized at the 2017 NCBA Annual Meeting scheduled June 22-25, 2017, at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville for exemplary public service to their communities. Bretzmann serves on the board of multiple community organizations and owns his own practice in High Point, North Carolina. Ramseur is the Partner/Chair of the Real Estate Department at Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, North Carolina. Harman-Scott has her firm, Susan Harman-Scott, Attorney at Law, in Manteo. 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 wins NCBA ‘Legal Feeding Frenzy’ fourth year in row

Wake Forest Law has for the fourth year in a row won the N.C. Bar Association’s North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy. The 2017 event saw more than 300,000 pounds of food collected.

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Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), John Robinson to present CLE program, ‘The Ethics of Clarence Darrow,’ on April 25 at Johnston County Courthouse

Wake Forest Law will host a two-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for the North Carolina Bar Association from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in the Johnston County Courthouse’s Old Superior Courtroom.

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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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Rhoda Billings (JD’ 66), Grady Barnhill (JD ’58) receive 2016 Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award

Professor Emeritus Rhoda Billings (JD’ 66) and the late Grady Barnhill (JD ’58, P ’81, P ’90, P ’90) are recipients of the 2016 Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award. North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin presented the awards at a joint dinner of the North Carolina State Bar and North Carolina Bar Association dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

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Earn CLE ethics credit with Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) in February

With the deadline for 2016 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits fast approaching, Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) and Wake Forest Law are offering two different CLE credit opportunities for Wake Forest Law alumni in five North Carolina cities: Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Credit approval is currently pending with the North Carolina State Bar Association (NCBA).

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