Editor in Chief: Hailey Cleek

Hailey Cleek is a second year law student from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She is pursuing a Master’s in Bioethics simultaneously. Hailey first developed an interest in bioethics while studying at Davidson College, where she held a research fellowship with Mayo Clinic. Outside of Awaken, Hailey is the co-president of the law school’s “If/When/How” chapter, a student organization concerning issues in reproductive justice. Hailey serves as the Project Coordinator for Healthcare Advocacy within the Pro Bono organization.

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Managing Editor: Ashley Barton

Ashley Barton is a third year law student from Falmouth, Massachusetts. Prior to attending law school, Ashley received her bachelor of science from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Ashley was an active member of the Scholars at Risk advocacy seminar, where she worked closely on human rights issues. This prior work, and guidance from Chris Coughlin at Wake Forest, ultimately lead her to an interest in bioethics. Ashley is also a published writer and editor; some of her work includes Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father and The Signs and Story of One in Four, the latter of which is published on Awaken.


Advisor: Christine Coughlin

Professor Coughlin is a multiple-award winning teacher, recognized for both her teaching and teaching innovation, with the Wake Forest University Teaching and Learning Center’s Teaching Innovation Award, the Joseph Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing. Professor Coughlin also has appointments in the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she is a core faculty member of the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society, as well as the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Translational Science Institute.