Suzanne Reynolds

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Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) first woman to lead Wake Forest Law

She fell in love with the law at church. A small Methodist Church in Davidson County, N.C., to be precise, which found itself smack dab in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. “When I was 11 years old, our preacher preached every sermon on civil rights issues. It made perfect sense to me. In fact, living in the segregated South, I couldn’t understand why every person of faith wasn’t speaking out about civil rights.” Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law and N.C. Center for Voter Education co-host 2014 N.C. Supreme Court candidates roundtable Tuesday, Oct. 7

Wake Forest Law and the N.C. Center for Voter Education are co-hosting the 2014 N.C. Supreme Court Candidates Roundtable at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law welcomes Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77)

Professor Suzanne Reynolds (’77) took the helm as interim dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law on Sept. 1. She replaces former Dean Blake D. Morant, who is now dean of George Washington Law School. Continue reading »

Photo of the Class of 2017 is helping out the Winston-Salem community this week by volunteering with Habitat of Humanity of Forsyth County. Each of the four sections of new JD students will spend a morning or afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and Thursday, Aug. 21, along with faculty members and law school administrators, working to improve Habitat homes in the area of 14th and Cherry streets.

Wake Forest Law welcomes new JD, Master of Studies in Law and international students for 2014-15 academic year

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Wake Forest University School of Law welcomed its newest juris doctor (JD), Master of Studies in Law (MSL) and international students for the 2014-15 academic year beginning Friday, Aug. 15. Continue reading »

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Executive Associate Dean Suzanne Reynolds quoted in High Point Enterprise regarding gay marriage ban

It appears that a federal court is making what seemed like a legal buttress against gay marriage in North Carolina a moot point.

More than two years ago, state voters overwhelmingly approved what became known as Amendment One — a ban on gay marriage in the state Constitution.
The state already had a law against gay marriage passed by the N.C. General Assembly 20 years ago. But advocates for Amendment One said the ban needed to be codified in the state Constitution to provide greater protection for exclusive marriage between one man and one woman. The measure passed in May 2012 with 61 percent of the vote. Continue reading »

Don Cowan (BA ’65, JD ’68) receives Judge John J. Parker Award, N.C. Bar Association’s highest honor

J. Donald Cowan Jr. (BA ’65, JD ’68) of Raleigh is the 36th recipient of the Judge John J. Parker Award, the highest honor presented by the North Carolina Bar Association. The award was presented on Saturday morning, June 21, at the N.C. Bar Association (NCBA) Annual Meeting in Wilmington by Rhoda Billings (’66), past president of the NCBA.

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Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds (’77) named interim dean of Wake Forest Law

Wake Forest University School of Law Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds (’77) has been named interim dean of the law school effective Sept. 1 following the announcement that Dean Blake D. Morant has accepted an offer to become dean at George Washington Law School. Continue reading »

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Professor Suzanne Reynolds tells Winston-Salem Journal Judge John O. Craig first to challenge the constitutionality of alienation of affection law

North Carolina’s law allowing people to sue their spouse’s lover and collect damages violates constitutional protections on free speech and free expression and serves no legitimate state interest, a Forsyth County judge ruled Wednesday in dismissing a lawsuit. Continue reading »

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Law school confers hoods on largest class of international graduates in 120-year history

The Wake Forest University School of Law conferred hoods on 228 graduates, including 30 international Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, Juris Doctor (JD) candidates, and Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates. That is compared to 24 international graduates in 2013, which included the law school’s first Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (S.J.D.). It is the largest class of international graduates in the law school’s 120-year history. Continue reading »

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Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds quoted in Slate article on Gay Marriage in N.C.

The article “The Gay Marriage Case That Makes No Sense,” which was published on Slate.com on May 2, 2014, refers to Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds as “having written the book on family law” and Reynolds says, “UCC clergy would be liable for a penalty only if they purported to marry a couple for civil purposes. On the other hand, if clergy performed what was purely a religious ceremony, the law would not apply.”  The full text of the article follows from Slate. Continue reading »