Media Roundup for April 21, 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 22, 2017:

About 100 demonstrators urge Winston-Salem City Council to pass the “Welcoming City” resolution

Winston-Salem Journal
April 17

Margaret Taylor, a law professor at Wake Forest University and an expert in immigration detention policy and the deportation of criminal offenders told the crowd that the resolution simply welcomes immigrants to Winston-Salem. “Our city leaders should not hesitate to affirm these important principles,” Taylor said. “They should not cower in the face of anti-immigrant rhetoric from the president or the (N.C.) General Assembly.

Professor Taylor was also featured in the Winston-Salem Journal’s video on the subject, “Demonstrators support ‘Welcoming City’ resolution.”

HB2 partial repeal leads to changes in Department of Justice lawsuit
Daily Tarheel
April 19

Shannon Gilreath, a professor of law at Wake Forest University, said the ACLU suit is based on the notion of a gender stereotyping claim and the partial repeal of HB2 does not change that. “Even though that has been repealed, what the repeal legislation did was leave in place the idea that only the state can regulate bathroom usage, which is regulated right now on the old gender binary that it was always regulated,” he said. “It did not leave room for other institutions, like the UNC system for example, to voluntarily allow trans people to use a restroom of their choosing. On account of that, the gender stereotyping claim that formed the basis of the lawsuit by the ACLU is still very live.”


The 10 most cited health law scholars 2010-2014 (Michael Simkovic)
Law Professor Blog Network
April 18

Professor Mark Hall was ranked second in a scholarly citation ranking report published on Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports on Law Professor Blogs Network.


Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
April 18

Professor Kami Chavis co-authored the book, “Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability,” with Conor Degnan.  The following description of the book was featured in a post on the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s website: Despite increased public scrutiny, police are rarely held accountable for excessive use of force, according to the authors of “Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability.” Kami Chavis, professor of law and director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest University School of Law, along with Conor Degnan, contend that when police officers are accused of using excessive force, they are afforded a multitude of unique protections that effectively shield them from both criminal and civil liability. Chavis and Degnan argue that reforms to increase accountability, including greater prosecutorial independence and civilian oversight, are necessary to repair and rebuild the lost trust between police officers and the communities—particularly communities of color—they serve.

Women of Vision: Beth Norbrey Hopkins to be honored for her contributions to social justice

April 17

Beth Norbrey Hopkins (BA ‘73) received the Gateway YWCA Women of Vision Social Justice Award. Hopkins retired in 2016 as professor of practice and director of outreach for Wake Forest law school. She directed the school’s pro bono program, developed Lawyer on the Line so students could help the North Carolina Legal Aid Office with its workload, and helped veterans get legal assistance. “I feel like if you have a gift, that you need to utilize that gift for the benefit of the community,” Hopkins said.