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Criminal Law

  • Rights and Police Encounters Presentations
    • Make presentations to homeless individuals staying at the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission regarding their rights when they find themselves facing a police officer in every day situations- such as a car stop or walking down the street.
  • Reentry for Inmates
    • Many inmates do not know that when they are incarcerated they still owe child support. Thus, when the inmate is released from prison, their voting rights and driving privileges have been restricted because they did not make child support payments. Wake Forest law students can assist by filing retroactive forms to stay child support owed by former inmates, which will allow these inmates to move forward with their lives and hopefully, be able to become productive members of society.
    • Work with Professor Rabil and Darryl Hunt
  • Expungements & Retroactive Adjustments
    • Once a person has a criminal conviction, many secondary consequences prevent the individual from moving forward with their lives.  A license to work in certain professions may (or sometimes must) be revoked if an individual is convicted of certain crimes.  This means that former inmates cannot work as motor vehicle dealers, boat pilots, stock salespersons, architects, attorneys, auctioneers, barbers, cosmetologists, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, public accountants, real estate brokers, or pest-control applicators, to name a few professions. Wake students can assist these former inmates by applying for certificates for relief from collateral consequences for former inmates who were convicted of a non-violent crime and who have a clean record for the past 15 years.
    • For more information on collateral consequences of a conviction, see
  • Screen Letters for Innocence and Justice Clinic & Darryl Hunt Project
    • The Innocence and Justice Clinic receives hundreds of letters asking for assistance. Wake volunteers will look through these letters and determine if the individual’s case represents a situation that the Innocence and Justice Clinic is able to handle. Volunteers will also draft correspondence to the individuals requesting assistance.
  • Respond to Prison Letters
    • Answer an inmate’s request for information.