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Steve Virgil: Executive Director of Experiential Education

Associate Clinical Professor of Law Steve Virgil has been named executive director of experiential education for the Wake Forest University School of Law.

In his new role, Virgil will both support existing programs, including clinics, internships, externships and practicum extensions, and seek out new opportunities for meaningful experiential education. He will also provide support to faculty who integrate practical training into their doctrinal courses.

The position was created, in part, to help the law school adhere to proposed new standards set by the American Bar Association for oversight of experiential learning.

Virgil has served as founding director of Wake Forest’s Community Law and Business Clinicsince 2008 and is also the founding director of the Institute for Public Engagement, a university-wide institute that promotes community based participatory research and engaged teaching.

He has practiced law for more than 20 years with an emphasis on community economic development and the nonprofit sector. His clients include nonprofit organizations of all sizes and scope, from neighborhood associations to major private foundations and he maintains an active pro bono public interest litigation practice.

He teaches courses on community economic development, poverty, evidence and the nonprofit sector.

Congratulations to Jennifer Collins – named Judge James Noel Dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law!

Vice Provost Jennifer Collins has been named Judge James Noel Dean of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. SMU made the announcement today.

“Jennifer was everything one could possibly wish for in a vice provost and cherished colleague: attentive to concerns across faculty, students, and staff, stretching from classrooms and faculty offices to Reynolda House and WFDD; creative in devising thoughtful and innovative approaches to topics from online education to well-being at WFU; and somehow amid it all continuing to teach hugely popular Law School courses–and raise her three fabulous children,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “That we will miss her terribly across our Wake Forest community is a profound understatement.”

In addition to earning both of the Wake Forest School of Law’s top teaching awards, Collins led the successful efforts to establish the LGBTQ Center and the Women’s Center at Wake Forest, organized a visionary yearlong series of conversations on campus culture, and this past year spearheaded the University’s planned wellbeing initiative. Last year, she also chaired a campus-wide group discussing expanded use of the WFU Center in Charlotte and played an integral role in creating the new Faculty Fellows program.

Collins joined the Wake Forest School of Law faculty in 2003, with areas of focus in criminal law and family law. She taught criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, and gender and the law. Named associate provost for academic and strategic initiatives in 2010, she was appointed vice provost in 2013.

Before arriving at Wake Forest, Collins was a homicide prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, worked in private practice, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit. Collins earned her JD at Harvard and BA at Yale.

She will begin her appointment as SMU’s law school dean on July 1.

Read SMU’s announcement here.