Wake Forest Law Class Actions March 2017

#WFULaw's 2017 BLSA scholarship recipients

Sending our warm congratulations to the 2017 BLSA scholarship recipients, Briana O'Neil, Cheslie Kryst, Tracea Rice, and Lhens Vilson, and Professor Steve Virgil, the BLSA Legacy Award recipient.

#WFULaw Alumni Spotlight

Latia Ward (JD ’06) was featured in the following story, "An Interview with Latia Ward, Legal Reference Librarian," which was originally published on the Library of Congress website.

This is an interview with Latia Ward, a legal reference librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.

Describe your background.

I am originally from North Carolina and from my childhood onward, I have enjoyed conducting research and finding information in libraries. Seeking to work in a library was an outgrowth of my interests.

What is your academic/professional history?

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Library Science. I graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and I am a member of the North Carolina State Bar.

How would you describe your job to other people?

As a legal reference librarian, I provide reference and research services to Congress and the general public. I work regular shifts at the Law Library’s reference desk.

Why did you want to work at the Law Library?

I wanted to work at the Law Library to contribute my research and organizational skills to a growing and changing institution and to be a part of a team that assists people all over the world with finding information.

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?

Approximately half of the items held by the Law Library relate to foreign and comparative law.

What is something most of your co-workers do not know about you?

Participating in group exercise classes is a hobby of mine and I am a certified group exercise instructor.

Annual Fund at Work

Pro Bono Project students, alumni to help coastal North Carolina Habitat for Humanity clients over Spring Break 2017.

Wake Forest Law students involved in the Pro Bono Project are going to bring their Pro Humanitate spirit to help North Carolina coastal residents over Spring Break 2017, according to Executive Director Sarah Saint (JD ’17).

Under the direction of supervising attorneys, who also happen to be Wake Forest Law alumni, students will conduct a Wills and Advance Directives Clinic at the Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity on March 3-7.

“I cannot encourage you enough to take a few days out of your Spring Break to give back,” Saint wrote in an email to students. “This is a great experience if you have any interest in drafting documents, elder law, poverty law, estate planning, health care law, or just love pro bono.”

The clinic, under the supervision of attorneys from the North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning Group, will be offered on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The clinic is available to families living in recently built Habitat homes or who are currently in the Habitat pipeline. Since these new homeowners will be acquiring an asset, they can also benefit from some basic legal advice and preparation of simple wills and advanced directives, Saint explains.

“The law students who are choosing to contribute part of their Spring Break to helping the Habitat for Humanity clients, I hope, will walk away from this experience really understanding how the law can make a huge and positive difference for families,” she says.

In addition to the clinic, students will also have the opportunity to volunteer to help with the construction of a home on Monday, March 6, if they so desire, Saint added.

For more information, contact Saint at sainsm14@wfu.edu.

Featured Event

The “Conversation With” Committee has invited former University of North Carolina (UNC) and Davidson College President Thomas W. Ross for a “Conversation With” event at noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Professor Ron Wright will host the conversation with Mr. Ross.

Tom Ross is the consummate citizen-lawyer,” said Professor Margaret Taylor, chair of the “Conversation With” Committee. ”We are excited that our students will have the opportunity to hear stories about his leadership of so many vital institutions in our state.”

Started in 1999 by Professor Charley Rose, the “Conversation With” program engages Wake Forest Law students with professional role models of the highest caliber, so that they might learn and be inspired by their stories of life and the law. Past interviews have featured U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas; former Republican Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich; New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis; former Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps Thomas Tighe; and Watergate veteran Gene Boyce (JD ’56), among others.

Mr. Ross served as a judge in the North Carolina Superior Court for 17 years and continued his public service as the director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts before serving as the chief executive for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the president of Davidson College, his alma mater. He was the president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina from 2011 to 2016, and remains the President Emeritus. Mr. Ross is currently serving as the first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and will continue in that role after joining the Volcker Alliance. His tenure as the president of the Volcker Alliance began on July 1, 2016.

Volcker Alliance, according to its website, is a nonpartisan organization formed in 2013 to address the challenge of effective execution of public policies and to rebuild public trust in government.

#WFULaw Faculty Spotlight

Professor Andrew Verstein’s "The Jurisprudence of Mixed Motives" is highly recommended on the Legal Theory Blog.

The following is an abstract from Professor Andrew Verstein’s forthcoming Yale Law Journal publication, "Jurisprudence of Mixed Motives," which achieved "highly recommended" on Legal Theory Blog.

Legal results often turn on motive, and motive is often complex. How do various domains of law deal with mixed motives? Are we condemned by our darkest motive, forgiven according to our noblest, or something in between? Why? This Article is a sweeping examination of motivations in the law, from Equal Protection and employment discrimination to insider trading and income taxation. It develops a precise descriptive vocabulary for categorizing the treatment of mixed motives in numerous areas of law. This framework, in turn, yields numerous insights. For example: nearly all domains of law pick among just four motive rules, and the one most intuitive to courts and scholars is essentially always the wrong choice.

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