Three WFU Law School professors receive promotions

The Wake Forest University School of Law congratulates Jennifer Collins on her promotion to full professor with tenure and Kami Chavis Simmons and Omari Simmons on their promotions to associate professors of law as of July 1, 2009.

The law school faculty voted on the promotions this spring and the decisions were ratified by the Provost, the President, and the Board of Trustees.

Professor Collins is an exciting young scholar specializing in issues involving families and the criminal justice system such as the prosecution of parents who are responsible for their children’s deaths. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law. She is the 2009 winner of the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award (selected by the graduating class). Prior to joining Wake Forest, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for more than seven years, where she specialized in homicide cases. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, who joined the faculty in 2006, brings substantial experience to teaching and writing about criminal law at Wake. After receiving her J.D., she worked as an associate at private law firms in Washington, D.C., where she participated in various aspects of civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. In 2003, she became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, involving her in a wide range of criminal prosecutions and in arguing and briefing appeals before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Her most recent publication, Politics of Policing: Ensuring Stakeholder Participation in the Federal Reform of Local Police Practices, appeared in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Professor Omari Simmons’ research interests include corporate governance and politics. Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, Omari worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in Washington, D.C. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.