Media Roundup for April 28, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of April 28, 2017:

The 14th: A Civil War-era amendment has become a mini-Constitution for modern times
ABA Journal
May 1

Michael Curtis, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, finds the court’s interpretation to be puzzling. “The federal privileges and immunities that the court found to be covered by the 14th Amendment were things like protection on high seas and in foreign lands,” says Curtis. “The major reason for having the 14th Amendment is to protect the newly freed slaves, but how many of them are actually going to be out on the high seas or in foreign lands?”


California may toughen rule on sex between attorneys and clients
ABA Journal
May 1

“I believe the greatest dangers are abuses of power by the lawyer, particularly when clients are vulnerable, as many are,” says Wake Forest University law professor Ellen Murphy. “Arguably, California’s rule as it stands today covers such situations. Absent abuses of power or coercion, the real concern should be whether the relationship in any way impairs the lawyer’s ability to provide competent representation or otherwise satisfy the fiduciary duties owed.”


Pardoned brothers’ payout triggers fight over who gets a cut
News & Observer
April 28

That arrangement may run afoul of state ethics rules for lawyers that require fees be reasonable and earned, said Ellen Murphy, a professor at Wake Forest Law School who specializes in ethics.


Wake rec center volunteers gain certificates
Winston-Salem Chronicle
April 27

Wake Forest University law students who assisted Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center personnel were honored recently for tutoring kids from kindergarten through the 12th grade along with coaching basketball in the Hanes Hosiery youth leagues with kids ages 6-9 and 10-16.


40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference
April 27

Professor Mark Hall will be a featured speaker in a session during the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics Annual Health Law Professors Conference, on June 10, 2017.


Wrongly Affirmed Without Opinion: At the Supreme Court
April 25

In a new petition for writ of certiorari, patent attorney and inventor Michael Shore has challenged the propriety of the Federal Circuit’s continued approach of affirming patent office decisions without opinion. In a forthcoming article titled “Wrongly Affirmed Without Opinion” (Wake Forest Law Review), I raise the previously unnoticed requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 144 that the Federal Circuit issue an opinion in appeals from the Patent Office (PTO).


What will happen to wildlife in the Trump era?
The Humanist
April 24

All of this comes at a time when the United Nations is beginning to recognize healthy ecosystems and biodiversity as a human right. UN Special Rapporteur John Knox told the Huffington Post, “Biodiversity is really necessary for the full enjoyment of rights to food, water, health—the right to live a full and happy life.”


Most-Cited Health Law Scholars (with an update on multiple authors)
Harvard Law
April 20

Professor Mark Hall was ranked the second most-cited health law faculty member during 2010-2014.