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Wake Forest School of Law wins NCBA ‘Legal Feeding Frenzy’ five years in a row

Wake Forest School of Law has for the fifth year in a row won the North Carolina Bar Association’s North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy. The 2018 event saw more than 373,018 pounds of food collected — 66,000 more pounds of food than in 2017, according to organizers.

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OUTLaw’s LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic receives NCBA 2018 Law Student Group Pro Bono Service Award

Wake Forest law school student group OUTLaw’s LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic has been selected by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Pro Bono Committee to receive the NCBA  2018 Law Student Group Pro Bono Service Award, according to organizers. The LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic will be honored during the 2018 NCBA annual meeting in Wilmington on Friday, June 22.

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Help Wake Forest School of Law feed the hungry while keeping its ‘Legal Feeding Frenzy’ winning streak

Wake Forest School of Law is looking for donations to keep up its winning streak as the largest law school contributor to the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer’s DivisionLegal Food Frenzy (LFF)” fundraiser. The annual food drive held in conjunction with continues through March 31, 2018. Participants are encouraged to donate monetarily online or drop off food items in boxes located in the Law School Commons. Continue reading »

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Memorial service for longtime N.C. Bar Association Executive Director Allan B. Head (BA ’66, JD ’69) set for Feb. 20

Allan B. Head (BA ’66, JD ’69), who devoted 43 years of service to the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and the North Carolina Bar Foundation, died on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the age of 73. He joined the staff of the NCBA/NCBF as executive secretary on Dec. 1, 1973, and served as executive director from 1981 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2016, according to an e-mail sent out by the NCBA.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A second service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Enterprise Baptist Church, 404 Enterprise Road, in Littleton, North Carolina.

“Allan Head had a profound impact on the legal profession in North Carolina,” said NCBA President Caryn McNeill. “The success of the North Carolina Bar Association is directly attributable to his vision and the degree to which he sincerely cared about our members and staff.  Continue reading »

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Michael A. Grace (JD ’77) receives Wade M. Smith Award from NCBA Criminal Justice Section

Michael A. Grace (JD ’77), an adjunct professor for the Wake Forest University School of Law, will receive the Wade M. Smith Award from the North Carolina Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section at the Gilchrist/Smith Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, in Raleigh. Continue reading »

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Journal of Law and Policy to host symposium on the legal, ethical issues of quarantines on Friday, Feb. 23

The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy (JLP) will host the “Isolated by the Law: Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Quarantine During Public Health Emergencies” symposium beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 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 from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) has been approved. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society.  Registration is available online or onsite or by contacting Symposium Editor Stephanie Criscione.

For those who can’t make it to campus, the event will be live webcast in two segments: Session 1 (8:45 to 12:15) and Session 2 (12:50 to 4:15).

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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 »