Professor Kami Chavis Simmons to join debate at William and Mary Law School on U.S. and Canadian criminal justice systems

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Professor Kami Chavis

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Kami Chavis Simmons will join an upcoming debate about why Canada and the United States share common values, but have very different criminal justice systems at the College of William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.  A reception will follow

Along with Simmons the program will feature Jeffrey Bellin, The College of William & Mary Law School; Cara H. Drinan, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law; Adam Gershowitz ,The College of William & Mary Law School; Corinna Lain, University of Richmond School of Law; Paul Marcus, The College of William & Mary Law School;  and David Tanovich, University of Windsor Law Windsor, Ontario.

Professor Simmons, who joined the Wake Forest University School of Law faculty in 2006, brings substantial experience to teaching and writing about criminal law. After receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School, 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. Professor Simmons frequently makes presentations on law-enforcement issues and is a leader in the field of police accountability. Her articles have appeared in the University of Alabama Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and the Catholic University Law Review, and other legal journals. Her research focuses on using Cooperative Federalism principals and stakeholder participation to implement sustainable reforms in the criminal justice system. Her article, “Subverting Symbolism: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Cooperative Federalism” appeared in the American Criminal Law Review in 2012.