January Legal Briefs News from Wake Forest Law


Come from everywhere, go anywhere. Our alumni roots are far and wide, but no matter where members of our Wake Forest Law family come from, they have the skills and knowledge to go anywhere. Discover some of the big moments happening in the careers of #WFULaw alumni below.

  • Judge Bianca H. Brown (JD '11) sworn in as Immigration Judge for the Stewart Immigration Court in Lumpkin, Ga. Learn more at wfu.law/4b5
  • Judge Kevin L. Brown (JD '99) sworn in as Immigration Judge for the S. Gessner Road Immigration Court in Houston, Texas. Learn more at wfu.law/4b5
  • Graham Carner (JD '04), the lead attorney representing ex-WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers, argues for early release, citing dire health. A Manhattan federal court judge ordered his early release from prison in mid-December. Learn more at wfu.law/1e9
  • Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Rolf Garcia-Gallont (JD '16) part of defense effort of Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins) in Fyre Festival lawsuit. Learn more at wfu.law/d5c
  • Kimberly Gossage (JD '98) named Business Person of the Year by the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at wfu.law/51g
  • McGuireWoods attorney Hal Kitchin (JD '96) among "WilmingtonBiz 100: Influencers." Learn more at wfu.law/bf4
  • Judge Karen Marston (JD '98) confirmed to the U.S. District Court seat in Eastern Pennsylvania. Learn more at wfu.law/b4c
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation attorney David Ruppert (JD '03) graduates with distinction from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He was conferred with a Master of Global Management (MGM) degree in International Business.
  • Brooks Pierce attorney Sarah Saint (JD '17) named Chair of the North Star LGBTQ Community Center. Read more at wfu.law/ca2
  • Judge Raag Singhal (JD '89) confirmed to the U.S. District Court seat in Southern Florida. Learn more at wfu.law/b4c


Meet some of the people who make us, us

Photo of Henna Shah (JD '21)

Henna Shah (JD ’21) was able to take her legal passions to Washington, D.C. and beyond as a legal honors intern for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during her very first summer in law school. Learn more about her and her experiences at Wake Forest at wfu.law/8b9

Photo of Alexander Lowitt (JD ’21)

Alexander Lowitt (JD '21) spent his first summer of law school as a Kellog Law Fellow for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Read more about him and his experiences at Wake Forest at wfu.law/h2s

Photo of Shuya Wang (LLM ’08)

Among the handbags and luggage, the sunglasses and luxury fashion-wear, there stands alone a brand – LouisVuitton – that Shuya Wang (LLM ’08) is tasked to defend. Learn more about her and her time at Wake Forest at wfu.law/ag4

Photo of Julia Adams-Scheurich (MSL '21)

As President of Oak City Government Relations, Julia Adams-Scheurich (MSL ’21) works on legislation that shapes the Old North State. Learn more about her, her work, and her time in Wake Forest Law's online master's degree program at wfu.law/e3y

Photo collage of Bobby Ray Gordon (JD ’86)

For Bobby Ray Gordon (JD ’86), legal education has been the doorway to a career built on decades of service and humanitarian aid. Read more about him and his career after Wake Forest Law at wfu.law/7d9

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Graphic that says "Help Shape the Next Generation of Lawyers January 24-31, 2020"

Employers and #WFULaw alumni can help shape the next generation of Wake Forest lawyers by participating in our annual 1L Mock Interview Program. Learn more and register to join us in person or remotely at wfu.law/d7g

Faculty Highlight

Prof. Tanya Marsh quoted in New York Times Magazine cover story

Photo sourced from the New York Times Magazine.

Professor Tanya Marsh tells the New York Times Magazine's Maggie Jones that a symbiotic relationship has developed between our cultural assumptions about what constitutes the “right” funeral and the funeral industry’s interests.

Marsh is the leading authority on funeral law and cemetery law, an expertise that is paired with her extensive legal knowledge and research in real estate, banking, and business.

Prof. Ron Wright authors USA Today op-ed

Photo of Attorney Gen. William Bar. Image sourced from from the Office of Public Affairs.

Professor Ron Wright authors USA Today op-ed on Attorney Gen. William Barr and "social justice" prosecutors. Wright is one of the nation’s leading experts in criminal law and procedure as well as criminal prosecutors and jury selection.

Wake Forest Law to host executive education program on blockchain and fintech

“Blockchain, Crypto, & Fintech Law: Decoded and In Practice” will bring together nationally recognized experts for a daylong executive education program that includes courses on blockchain, cryptocurrency, and fintech. Designed and led by Wake Forest Law Professor Raina Haque, this event will focus on training and applying core concepts to multiple businesses that span industries.

The program will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Wake Forest University Charlotte Center in Charlotte, N.C. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion. Seven N.C. and S.C. CLE credits are pending.