Pro Bono Project

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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 21.

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Jasmine Burgess (JD ‘18) selected by American Constitution Society (ACS) as Next Generation Leader

Wake Forest School of Law’s Jasmine Burgess (JD ‘18) has been selected as an American Constitution Society (ACS) Next Generation Leader based on her active involvement and leadership at the law school.

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Pro Bono Project Expungement Clinics inform community members about new N.C. laws

Some 175 Winston-Salem area residents learned more about recent changes in the laws in North Carolina regarding expungements at a Wake Forest School of Law Expungement Clinic information session held in partnership with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Minister’s Conference of Winston-Salem on Feb. 24, 2018, according to organizers. Continue reading »

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National Jurist names Emily Scotton (JD ’18) among ‘Law Students of the Year’

The National Jurist has named Julian, North Carolina-native Emily Scotton (JD ’18) among 20 “Law Students of the Year” in its Spring 2018 issue. The story was written by Katie Thisdell and published on Feb. 22, 2018. It is the third year the magazine has created this distinction and the third year a Wake Forest University Law student has been recognized among the nation’s top law students by the magazine. Scotton is the only law student from North Carolina to receive the honor in 2018. Continue reading »

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Prison Letters Project provides North Carolina inmates access to legal information

The Wake Forest School of Law Library is the only publicly accessible law library between Raleigh and the Tennessee border.  Not only does this void in law libraries mean that the general public does not have wide access to up-to-date legal information, it also means that those individuals incarcerated in the North Carolina prison system do not either.

The catch is though, even without access to prison libraries, inmates have a constitutional right to access to the courts, which includes access to legal information. Thus the emergence of the Wake Forest School of Law Prison Letter Project — a project that is coupling the provision of inmates’ rights with the pro humanitate mission of Wake Forest University. Continue reading »

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Pro Bono Project’s Expungement Clinic collaborates with local organizations

The Pro Bono Project’s Expungement Clinic is partnering with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Winston-Salem Chapter,  the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar,  Legal Aid of Northwest North Carolina  and the Winston-Salem Bar Association for a collaborative event that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the NAACP Headquarters, 4130 Oak Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, according to organizers. The Winston-Salem Chronicle also reported on this event.

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Media Roundup for the week of Dec. 1, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Dec. 1 2017:

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Hazel Mack promoted to Wake Forest School of Law’s Director of Outreach

Hazel Mack, the former leader of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), has been promoted as director of outreach at Wake Forest University School of Law. Mack has served as the interim director of outreach since October 2016.

“I am pleased to announce that Hazel Mack has agreed to become our permanent director of outreach,” said Ann Gibbs, associate dean of Administration and Student Services. “As we predicted a year ago when she stepped in as interim director, Hazel’s passion for serving the underserved, her legal expertise from years of practice with Legal Aid and her deep connections within the Winston-Salem community make her the perfect leader for the Office of Outreach.”

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Pro Bono Project encourages students to participate in ABA National Pro Bono Week beginning Monday, Oct. 23

Wake Forest School of Law will celebrate the American Bar Association (ABA) National Pro Bono Week by holding events sponsored by the Pro Bono Project during the week of Monday, Oct. 23. “All law students are encouraged to participate in the week’s events sponsored by the Pro Bono Project,” says Jasmine Gregory (JD ’18), deputy director of the Pro Bono Project.

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OUTLaw, Pro Bono Project to offer free legal services clinic to LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, Oct. 21

Students in Wake Forest School of Law’s OUTLaw, the law school’s LBGTQ+ organization, are teaming up with members of the Pro Bono Project to host a Fall Legal Clinic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

The clinic, which is being held in conjunction with National Pro Bono Week, is sponsored by North Star Community Center and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

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