Student Event

Wake Forest Law School Speed Networking

Thu, October 28, 2021   |   12:00pm   |  

Register today to join members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice – the state’s premier community of trial lawyers — for a virtual speed networking event on Thursday, October 28 at 12:00pm.

During this 90-minute session, you’ll meet NCAJ President John McCabe of The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A., NCAJ Executive Director Kim Crouch and several other NCAJ members — all practicing trial lawyers across North Carolina and some former WFU Law graduates — to learn more about their paths to successful careers as advocates for clients in the courtroom. If you’re considering striking out with your own firm after law school or pursuing a career that protects people, prevents injustice and promotes fairness, this is the program for you.

11:45 pm Zoom Room Open -- Check In
12:00 pm NCAJ Presentation

Kim Crouch is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ). She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2005 and has spent her legal career serving the public and legal profession, first as Director of Public Affairs for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, then as Director of Governmental Affairs for the North Carolina Bar Association, and now as Executive Director of NCAJ since 2017. 

John McCabe is the principle attorney for The Law Officers of John M. McCabe, P.A. He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Campbell University School of Law. While at Campbell, John was named to two national moot court teams, and the law school’s faculty recognized him as one of the nation’s best, up-and-coming lawyers. After graduating from Campbell with honors, John initially worked for a law firm that defended claims filed by injured people. In 1995, he changed firms and since then, he has focused exclusively on representing people throughout the country who have been injured by trucking collisions, medical negligence, defective products, and on-the-job accidents. 

Trudi Brown is Development and Membership Engagement Director of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ). Brown has over 20 years’ experience in development, fundraising, external relations, event management, board development, marketing and communications. She most recently served as the director of external relations for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at N.C. State University.  

12:20 pm Transitioning Break & Instructions
12:25 pm Speed Networking Session (10 minute rounds)

Meredith Brewer is an Associate Dysart Willis. Joined in 2018 after graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law. During her time at Wake Forest, Meredith participated in the Metropolitan Externship Program where she lived in Washington, D.C. for a semester interning at the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime and Gang Section. Meredith also has experience in state court having interned with both the Forsyth County and Wake County district attorney’s offices. Meredith was the President of Women in Law at Wake Forest and received the Forsyth County Women Attorney’s Association Scholarship Award upon graduation for her efforts in the organization. She was a member of the Pro Bono Honor Society and is the author of various publications, including an article on transnational civil litigation in the Baku State University Law Review as well as an entry on copyright in the music industry in the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law Blog. 

Katherine King is an attorney with Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP. Katie’s practice concentrate is personal injury and wrongful death, business litigation, and administrative law. Katie has built her career as a trial lawyer on the belief that effective representation requires the ability and willingness to take cases to trial. She values her relationships with clients and encourages frequent communication in the joint pursuit of a successful outcome. 

Coleman Cowan is an attorney and Emmy award winning 60 Minutes producer who joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2018. As a member of the firm’s personal injury litigation team, Coleman litigates some of the more high stakes cases in the areas of personal injury, product liability, and complex litigation. He is also a Shareholder of the firm. He received a J.D. cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, where he won awards for Most Outstanding Advocate as well as Best Oralist. Coleman earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he received a Master’s in Journalism cum laude from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Reid Acree is a board-certified specialist in workers’ compensation law. Over 90% of his practice involves handling work-related injuries and occupational diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.  He has been practicing law for over 30 years. Mr. Acree was born near Raleigh, North Carolina but grew up in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia.  He attended Wake Forest University and graduated cum laude in 1982 with a degree in economics.  (As it turned out, an economics major is great preparation for explaining complex legal matters through a “cost/benefit” analysis).  Upon graduating in four years, he was admitted to law school at Wake Forest.  However, he chose to work for a while and returned to Wake Forest School of Law four years later. He graduated from Wake Forest School of Law in 1989. While there, he was an elected member of the Law Review, Moot Court Board and the Honor Council. 

Christopher Anglin is the Managing Partner of Anglin Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He primarily practices in the areas of Personal Injury (car accidents, slip and fall, nursing home negligence and medical malpractice), Real Estate Closings, Wills and Estates and Civil Litigation, since the fall of 2011. Chris is a graduate of Elon University School of Law in 2011 and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University.  While a student at Elon University he was a member of the Student Bar Association Social Committee of Delta Theta Phi Fraternity, a member of the Law Society and International Law Society where he took on the responsibilities of Leadership and advising First Year Student members at Elon University.  He also studied abroad and participated in the UNC Summer Abroad Program in partnership with the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and completed coursework in Environmental and Australian Law. 

Michael Adkins past legal experience includes having served as an assistant prosecutor in Mingo County, WV, and as a member of the firm of Adkins & Adkins. Upon his return to North Carolina, he joined the firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem. He subsequently joined the law firm of former judge David R. Tanis where he did civil litigation, personal injury, traffic and criminal litigation before moving to Salisbury in 1992 to join the firm of Wallace & Whitley. At Wallace & Whitley, his practice concentrated in personal injury and product liability. When that firm split in 1996, he remained as a shareholder in Wallace, Graham & Adkins (which is now known as Wallace & Graham) before leaving to join Cecil L. Whitley in his firm, where he practiced personal injury, civil litigation, traffic and criminal law until opening his own office in 2001. He joined Kluttz, Reamer et al as a partner in 2005 and led that firm’s injury practice until establishing Adkins Carter, LLC, in 2019. He attended Berea College in Kentucky and graduated from WFU School of Law in 1987. 

Joseph Tunstall is a partner with O’Malley Tunstall, PLLC. His extensive trial experience includes personal injury, vehicle accident, and slip, trip and fall cases in front of North Carolina juries.  Joe began his legal training in Washington, NC while attending Washington High School, where he was a member of the Pam Pack and awarded a Morehead scholarship. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and of Wake Forest University with a Juris Doctor degree.  Joe Tunstall moved to Tarboro and joined Keel O’Malley, LLP in 2000. In 2006 Joe became a partner and the Firm was renamed Keel O’Malley Tunstall, PLLC. He practices in both Raleigh and Tarboro. 

Annemarie Pantazis is a Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, a distinction held by a select few North Carolina lawyers. She is the author of several publications on workers’ compensation, and frequently teaches continuing legal education classes on the subject. Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Annemarie is the oldest of 3 children born to parents of Greek and Sicilian heritage. Introduced to the law at an early age, she worked for an estate planning attorney through high school and summers in college, where she learned early on that it’s important to take risks in both your career and in your personal life. Annemarie earned her B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1994, and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1999, where she was a published member of the Wake Forest Law Review and Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board. After law school, Ms. Pantazis joined a firm defending workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. 

Marcia Armstrong is a well-known Eastern North Carolina Family Law Specialist, who has served as president of the state chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The AAML is recognized as the top family law association in the country. The AAML only accept members who demonstrate the highest levels of professional skill and ethics. Marcia is a partner with her husband, L. Lamar Armstrong, Jr. at The Armstrong Law Firm, P.A., in Smithfield, North Carolina. She appears before trial courts throughout eastern North Carolina and currently concentrates her practice in the areas of equitable distribution and support issues. In addition to divorce litigation, Marcia is certified as an arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as a Superior Court and Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She has served as an arbitrator and mediator in many domestic cases. 

1:15 pm Wrap-Up
1:30 pm Adjourn