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.

Creative and Commentary Editors

NP.pngNiti Parthasarathy is a second 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.



Logan Wyont is a third year law student from Cherryville, North Carolina. He is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s in Bioethics. Prior to attending law school, Logan received his bachelor of science in Polymer and Color Chemistry from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Outside of Awaken, Logan is an elected representative on Wake Forest University School of Law’s Student Bar Association.



John Van Swearingen is a third year law student from Clearwater, Florida.  Prior to attending Wake Forest Law, John received his bachelor of arts from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.  An experienced student, John’s prior work history includes law enforcement, work in the firearms industry, and legal work.  Having dealt firsthand with medical trauma, emergency first aid, and forensics, John’s interest in bioethics stems from the opportunity to view prior experiences through a law-and-policy framework.  Outside of bioethics and law, John’s writing on marksmanship and competition shooting has been featured in the Army Reserve Marksmanship Blog and The Firearm Blog.



Sophia Blair is a third year law student from Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Sophia received a bachelor of arts degree from New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida. In addition to working with Awaken, Sophia is an article editor for the Wake Forest Law Review and is vice president of the Wake Forest chapter of the American Constitution Society. While Sophia began nurturing her passion for creative writing in high school and throughout college, Chis Coughlin facilitated Sophia’s first in depth foray into the field of bioethics.



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.