Law School Student of the Year: Ashley DiMuzio, Wake Forest

Ashley DiMuzio has been a competitive force in trial advocacy since she arrived at Wake Forest Law. Her success in the courtroom has produced four championship titles in just three years in addition to her own individual accolades. During her first year of law school, DiMuzio was named a 2016 1L Trial Bar Competition Champion as well as a 2017 Kilpatrick 1L Trial Competition Champion. Her winning streak continued into her 2L year when she was named a 2017 Zeliff Competition Champion.

In 2018, DiMuzio helped lead the Wake Forest trial team to their first-ever 2018 Tournament of Champions national title and was named the competition’s Best Advocate. According to her coach, Mark Boynton, DiMuzio “had a flawless command of the rules of evidence. She was a fierce advocate but with complete deference to the court. At no point did you hear frustration, confusion, or fear.”

DiMuzio, who has nine years of mock trial experience, plans to use her advocacy skills as a criminal defense attorney. She is currently the president of the Wake Forest Law trial bar team, the captain of the AAJ trial team, as well as an assistant coach for the Wake Forest undergraduate mock trial program.

When DiMuzio is not advocating in court, she is dedicating her spare time to public interest. She is the executive director of Wake Forest’s Public Interest Law Organization (PILO), where she leads her student peers in fundraising efforts that aim to support unpaid public interest summer internships. Under her leadership, PILO has had a record-breaking year of fundraising with their annual golf tournament raising over $11,000 alone. DiMuzio’s leadership and success with PILO is a result of her commitment to the organization since her 1L year.

DiMuzio’s dedication to pro bono work is an extension of her passion for public interest. She has contributed her time to the Wake Forest Pro Bono Project’s Teen Court program, which provides juvenile first-time offenders the chance to turn their lives around and avoid a future criminal record.

“Ashley has a leader’s touch,” says Hazel Mack, director of Wake Forest’s Smith Anderson Community Outreach Center. “She knows how to show the way while allowing others to develop, grow, and ultimately bring forward what they have to offer.”

Beyond her extracurricular activities, DiMuzio is a research assistant for Professor Ron Wright, an opportunity that enabled her to contribute work to his landmark study on felony trial jury selection in North Carolina, which is entitled The Jury Sunshine Project.