Media Roundup for April 14, 2017
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
April 19, 2017
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
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.
Professor Russell Gold co-authored the article, Criminalizing Criminal Settlements. The abstract of which was posted on CrimProf Blog on Monday, April 10.
Society of Environmental Journalists
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.’”
North Carolina Health News
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’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.”
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.
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.
News & Record
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.
“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.”
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.
Independent Journal Review
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.