FullSizeRender-3.jpgEditor-in-Chief: Hailey Cleek

Hailey Cleek is a 3L JD/MA Bioethics student from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. 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. Her writing on immigration, reproductive rights, and public health is forthcoming with Wake Forest Law Review and Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.


Creative and Commentary Editors


Niti Parthasarathy is a third year law student from Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to attending law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and attended graduate school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She then worked at a sales consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Outside of Awaken, Niti is the co-president of the law school’s “If/When/How” chapter, a student organization concerning issues in reproductive justice. She is also a teaching assistant for Tort Law and serves as the Ad Hoc Project Coordinator for the Pro Bono organization.




Alden.pngAlex Alden is a second year law student hailing from Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Throughout his undergraduate career at Villanova University, Alex gained valuable experiences in bioethics while working for an innovative software company, corporate law firm, and the Scottish Government. In addition to working with Awaken, Alex is a member of the Wake Forest Trial Bar Association, AAJ Trial Team, and is the reigning 1L Trial Bar Champion. While Alex developed an interest in both creative writing and bioethics early in his academic career, it wasn’t until he took Chris Coughlin’s legal writing class that he began to combine them.


Mary Kate Gladstone is a third year law student from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Prior to attending law school, Mary Kate received her bachelor of arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University.  Mary Kate attributes her interest in bioethics to Professor Chris Coughlin, who introduced her to bioethics issues in human and animal testing.  Mary Kate’s focus on animal testing, along with her two pet pigs, inspired her story What Blinds One Might Blind Another, 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.