North Carolina Business Court

North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Derek Bast (JD ’15)

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. Derek Bast (JD ’15) is the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis A. Bledsoe III at the North Carolina Business Court in Charlotte. Bast, who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, studied Classical Languages Major, Religious Studies Minor at Vanderbilt University. A highlight of his clerkship so far has been getting to see a case through to a jury verdict. “Trials are remarkably dynamic compared to the measured process of motion practice,” he said. Following is an interview with Bast about his clerkship.

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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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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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North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Brinson Taylor (JD ’15)

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. A Wake Forest Law alumni works within each of the state business courts, in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and now Winston-Salem. Brinson Taylor (JD ‘15) is the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Greg McGuire at the North Carolina Business Court in Raleigh. Taylor, who is a Winston-Salem native and previously clerked in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, says he has been surprised by the amount of practical experience he has gained as a business court clerk. His advice to current law students who think they want to clerk in the business court? “Start early.” Following is an interview with Taylor about his clerkship.

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Trip Coyne (JD ’05) writes about new North Carolina Business Court in National Law Review, JD Supra

Trip Coyne (JD ’05) of Ward and Smith, P.A.wrote the following story, “The North Carolina Business Court Evolves,”  which was published by JD Supra on Feb. 28, 2017, as well as The National Law Review.

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Newest North Carolina Business Court dedication set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Wake Forest Law

A formal dedication of the newest North Carolina Business Court, which makes its home in the Wake Forest University School of Law, will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, followed by a reception in the Law Commons of the Worrell Professional Center on the Reynolda Campus.

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Newest North Carolina Business Court hears first case at Wake Forest Law on Tuesday, Jan. 10

The newest North Carolina Business Court, located at Wake Forest Law, will hear its first case beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, according to court officials. The courtroom is located on the west wing of the third floor of the Worrell Professional Center, Room 3205. Continue reading »

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preLaw magazine names Wake Forest Law among top for business, corporate law

preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication, has named Wake Forest Law among top law schools for business and corporate law.

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Michael L. Robinson sworn in as newest judge for North Carolina Business Court

Michael Lindsay Robinson was sworn in on July 1, 2016, as Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases of the newest North Carolina Business Court to be located at Wake Forest Law.  Wake Forest Law sponsored the ceremony held in the Worrell Professional Center.

“If the ‘I like Mike’ club was invited to come on a day when it wasn’t a Friday before a holiday and the legislature wasn’t still in session and working, I’m not exactly sure where we would have gathered together,” quipped North Carolina Business Court Chief Justice James L. Gale, who presided over the ceremony of an estimated 150 attendees.

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Michael L. Robinson to be sworn in on Friday, July 1, as newest judge for North Carolina Business Court

The Wake Forest University School of Law will host a swearing-in ceremony this week for Michael Lindsay Robinson, who will preside as Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases of the new North Carolina Business Court, which is set to open January 2017.

Wake Forest Law, site of the newest Business Court where Judge Robinson will preside, will host the ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center, with Chief Justice James L. Gale presiding. A reception will follow.

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