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Pro Bono Project efforts featured in Winston-Salem Journal for helping get certain criminal records cleared

February 1st, 2016

The following story originally ran in the Winston-Salem Journal on Sunday, Jan. 31, here. One evening last fall, a woman walked into Samaritan Ministries with baggage she hoped to unload. That baggage was a criminal charge from her youth that was preventing her from getting gainful employment. The woman knew that help might be available ...

Making A Difference: Pro Bono Project members participate in area expungement clinics

January 24th, 2016

Making a difference. Oftentimes the phrase is a cliché — overused and mostly meaningless. But sometimes it’s not. Sometimes that commitment to “make a difference” is very real. Sometimes, the desire to make a difference changes lives. Emily Morris (JD ’16) coordinates the expungement clinic — helping people remove criminal charges from their records — ...

Pro Bono Project spotlights Advance Directives Project, which allows students to help clients make end-of-life decisions

November 23rd, 2015

The following story, which originally ran in the student-written Pro Bono Project newsletter, spotlights the Advance Directives Project organized by Maria Nkonge (JD ’16) and other Wake Forest Law students. The Advance Directives Project gives Wake Forest Law students opportunities to help clients make their own end-of-life decisions. When a patient is unconscious or otherwise ...

Winston-Salem Journal reports on opening of Smith Anderson Office of Community Outreach

November 9th, 2015

The following story ran in the Nov. 8, 2015, Winston-Salem Journal here: Wake Forest University School of Law has opened the Smith Anderson Office of Community Outreach within the Worrell Professional Center. The office houses the law school’s Pro Bono Project and Public Interest Law Organization, WFU said. The office’s opening was funded with a ...

Wake Forest Law students log 284 hours of volunteer work during Pro Bono Week 2015

November 5th, 2015

During this year’s annual Pro Bono Week, Wake Forest Law students came together to volunteer 284 hours and 15 minutes of their time to multiple community-serving programs, far surpassing the Pro Bono Project’s goal of 200 hours. Pro Bono Week took place from Oct. 27-31 this year. More than 10 projects were run by 70 ...

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Pro Bono Project presents ‘Know Your Rights’ with WFU athletics on Monday, Nov. 2

October 28th, 2015

The Pro Bono Project is collaborating with Wake Forest University (WFU) athletics to present its new program, “Know Your Rights,” as part of this year’s National Pro Bono Week activities to WFU student athletes. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 in the Rovere Room in the Miller Center. This ...

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Pro Bono Project hosts Reclaiming Futures Juvenile Drug Court on Oct. 21

October 21st, 2015

In partnership with Reclaiming Futures, Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project hosted a session of teen drug court held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Worrell Professional Center, Courtroom 1312. Reclaiming Futures Juvenile Drug Court provides juvenile offenders who are battling with drug problems new opportunities to make a fresh start, according ...

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Pro Bono Week features discussion with N.C. Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley on improving access to justice on Tuesday, Oct. 27

October 20th, 2015

As part of this year’s National Pro Bono Week activities, the Pro Bono Project will host a discussion between North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley and Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77) entitled, “Improving Access to Justice: A Call to Action,” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The ...

Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presents about legal rights to WFU residential advisors

October 13th, 2015

Members of the Wake Forest School of Law Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presented information on police encounters to undergraduate Resident Advisors (RAs) at Wake Forest University Monday, Oct. 12 on the Reynolda Campus. The “Know Your Rights” project is one of The Pro Bono Project’s newest ventures, with a mission to educate ...

Pro Bono Project expands community offerings in new Smith Anderson Office of Community Outreach

October 13th, 2015

From helping Legal Aid with “Lawyer on the Line” to assisting cancer patients with advance directives to counseling area youth through Reclaiming Futures and Teen Court programs, 41 percent of Wake Forest Law students provided 3,710 of supervised pro bono legal hours throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, equaling the highest participation in a single year, ...