Media Roundup for April 14, 2017

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Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of April 14, 2017:

Criminal (IN)Justice Podcast, Episode 45

April 11

American juries are composed of 12 ordinary citizens tasked with bringing justice to the downtrodden and common sense to the law – no easy job. But who actually gets to serve? Research out of North Carolina shows some people get removed from jury pools much more often than others. Ron Wright is the Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law at Wake Forest School of Law.


Gold et al. on Civilizing Criminal Settlements

CrimProf Blog

April 10

Professor Russell Gold co-authored the article, Criminalizing Criminal Settlements.  The abstract of which was posted on CrimProf Blog on Monday, April 10.


“Trump’s Policies Are Already Making Workplaces More Toxic”

Society of Environmental Journalists

April 13

Or, as Sidney Shapiro, a professor at Wake Forest’s law school, put it, ‘We weren’t doing this terribly well under a reasonably friendly administration so all bets are it’s now going to fall completely apart.’”

This story also ran on and In These Times.


North Carolina is Latest in State CAFO Battles

North Carolina Health News

April 13

 Those sort of protections, which help protect farms that convert to CAFOs from lawsuits, is consistent with model legislation proposed by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council. Such language has been adopted by many farm states, said Vanessa Zboreak, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Law who studies food law and policy.


Justice Gorsuch expected to oppose N.C. voting rights – WS Chronicle

Winston-Salem Chronicle

April 13

“Justice Gorsuch’s prior record demonstrates that he will likely be hostile to traditional civil rights issues as a Supreme Court justice,” said Kami Chavis, a professor of law and director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. “Many civil rights organizations, including NAACP LDF (Legal Defense Fund) have opposed him, stating his restrictive access justice approach. He has consistently ruled against those requesting relief in capital punishment cases and employment discrimination cases.”

Making sense of Invisible “Risk Sharing”

Brookings Institute

April 12

Professor Mark Hall co-authored this piece with Michigan Law Professor Nicholas Bagley. The piece is part of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy.  The original article appeared in Health Affairs on April 12, 2017.

NC bill banning same-sex marriage will not advance in the General Assembly

Daily Tarheel

April 13

Shannon Gilreath, a law professor at Wake Forest University, said he was not surprised by the introduction of the bill to the legislature. “There are a handful of legislators who really have no concept of what governing or the Constitution means, and they are constantly introducing these kinds of ridiculous religion-based laws, which generally don’t even get a hearing because the leadership of the Senate understands that they have no chance of being possibly constitutional,” he said.


Local health experts: Obamacare may not be perfect, but it works

News & Record

April 10

Mark Hall, director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Wake Forest University School of Law, told audience members that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t meddle with the types of health care available but only affects insurance and an individual’s right to obtain it.

How Merrick Garland could torment Trump


April 10

“That actually is a hard road,” said Wake Forest University law professor Sidney Shapiro.  “If you hit a hostile court, they’re going to find holes.”

WFU wins national title on court of different sort; Sexton: Wake Forest wins national title on a court of a different sort

Winston-Salem Journal

April 9

Four students in the WFU School of Law took home a title in a prestigious trial competition that the school has been chasing for years.

North Carolina Woman Wrote a Sentence on Facebook — Now She Has to Pay $500,000

Independent Journal Review

April 3

 Michael D. Green, a law professor at Wake Forest University, told the Citizen-Times that a settlement that large was “extraordinarily rare” for a libel case.