Faculty Scholarship Update
Values and Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.
School of Divinity professors Katherine Shaner, assistant professor of new testament, and Bill Leonard, recently composed a letter "American Values,
Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters." Organized by a powerful grassroots initiative, this is a bipartisan campaign that features scholars from differ-
ent religious tradition to articulate core American values that have grounded our nation in the past and should guide us forward at this time of political
transition. All 100 letters are sent to the President, Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and Members of the House and Senate. Read Dr. Shaner's
Spring Break Borderlands Immersion
Over Spring Break, eight School of Divinity students travelled with Professor Fred Bahnson to Tucson, AZ, to explore the theological significance of an
ecotone, the meeting place between two ecosystems. The borderlands region of southern Arizona is a complex ecotone, culturally, religiously, and
ecologically. The valley around Tucson has been continuously cultivated for 4,000 years, and Tucson was recently named UNESCO’s first City of Gas-
tronomy in the U.S. The borderlands area is also fraught with challenges—immigration policy, hotter and drier summers due to climate change, and
food insecurity among migrants and local indigenous peoples such as the Tohono O’odham, Diné (Navajo), and Hopi. They worked with organizations
including No More Deaths, Borderlands Food Bank , and Iskashitaa. Bahnson, assistant professor of the practice of ecological well-being said, "So much
of our work at Wake Div takes place in classrooms and is centered around studying written texts. This trip allowed students to study the 'text' of a place
and to read the 'texts' of people's lives through the stories they heard. This level of immersion education is invaluable for future religious leaders."
Report of Findings from the Ithaka S + R Faculty Survey, administered by ZSR Library
Results and an analysis from the the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey conducted in fall 2016 have been complet-
ed. The survey sought Reynolda campus faculty perspectives on a range of topics, including how faculty engage with and
perceive the library, their use of scholarly communication services; and faculty research practices, perceptions of students'
research skills, and undergraduate instruction practices. ZSR Library will use the survey results to help them gain insight into
how WFU faculty members work in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital environment. Survey results are available on
the ZSR website, along with an analytical memo that presents key insights to the results.
The Wake Forest American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) Trial Team and National Moot Court Team both had success on the national stage this
year. Within two months of each other, the two teams won their respective national competitions--a feat that no other North Carolina Law School
has accomplished in this millenia.
For the second time in as many years, a Wake Forest Law student has been recognized by the National Jurist as “Law Student of the Year.” The
National Jurist has named Huntsville, Alabama-native Sarah Saint (JD ’17) “Law Student of the Year” in the following story, “Law Students of the
Year: Sarah Saint, Wake Forest University,” written by Mike Stetz and published on March 8.
The National Jurist has named Wake Forest Law among the nation’s “greenest” law schools in its Spring 2017 edition.
Wake Forest Law welcomed U.S. Army Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg to the Worrell Professional Center on Wednesday, March 15. His presentation,
“Opportunities Earned and Leadership Learned: An American Hero’s Journey,” was co-sponsored by Bank of America in an effort to raise financial
support and student engagement for the Veterans Legal Clinic. Capt. Groberg also made a similar presentation later that day at the Wake Forest
University Charlotte Center, where he was introduced by former U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Brandon Heffinger (JD ’14).
Members of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic traveled to Washington, D.C., to observe an oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court and then had the
extreme honor of meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Feb. 27, says Professor John Korzen (JD ’91), clinic director.
The Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law hosted a symposium, “Banking Law: Current and Future Issues,” which addressed themes
including cybersecurity, FinTech, community banking, among others, on Friday, Feb. 10.
Wake Forest Law welcomed Harvard University Professor David Wilkins to deliver the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on March 1, 2017. With charis-
ma and enthusiasm, Professor Wilkins entertained and informed students, faculty and staff members during his presentation “Legal Careers in the
Global Age of More for Less: What You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive in Legal Profession 3.0.”
Wake Forest Law celebrated National Mental Health Day on March 28 with an event sponsored by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Law Stu-
Wake Forest School of Medicine, with the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equality (MACHE) hosted its fifth annual MACHE Bowl on March 25 at
Wake Forest Biotech Place. Three Wake Forest Law students competed — Tim Day (JD ’19), Hailey Cleek (JD ’19) and Virginia Stanton (JD ’19).
Stephanie Johnson (JD ’19) served as the alternate.