Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Barbara Lentz is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest School of Law. She is the 2013 winner of the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award (selected by the graduating class). Barbara has taught more than ten courses in her fifteen years with the law school, consistently stressing experiential learning and integrating substantive knowledge with practical application to help her students prepare for modern legal practice. Her courses include: Nonprofits; Art & Cultural Property; English Common Law (in London); Microtrade Development (in Nicaragua), experiential learning practicums and externships with local nonprofits or firms and contract drafting and writing courses to JD, MSL and International LLM students. In addition to her teaching, Barbara advises and mentors her students, has been the transfer student advisor for 13 years, advises the Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law and coaches national moot court teams.
Barbara was selected by Wake Forest University to serve as a Senior Faculty Fellow in the College (2012 to date) and by the Institute for Public Engagement (now Pro Humanitate Institute) as an ACE Fellow (2012-13) for experiential learning and service to the community. She works with the Wake Forest Business School MA in Management experiential learning program as the class Action Learning Project partner to help students apply their hard and soft skills from classes directly to solve ambiguous, complex real world situations like chronic child food insecurity in the local community. In addition, Barbara has taught in the Wake Forest University Nonprofit Essentials Program in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem to improve management, operations and services of nonprofit entities in the state.
Barbara has strong ties to and service in her community. She has served on the Board of the Winston-Salem Symphony since 2012. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and is a graduate and participant of Leadership Winston-Salem. Barbara co-founded a nonprofit agency, Forsyth Backpack Inc., partnering with the local food bank in providing supplemental food to children in more than 25 Forsyth County public schools while raising awareness and funds to fight chronic childhood hunger.
Barbara is a member of several state and federal bar organizations and practiced law with two national law firms before accepting a teaching appointment. She is a graduate of Duke University (Economics and Public Policy Studies) and received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School.