Media Roundup for May 7, 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 28, 2017:

Cautionary fraud tale for pro athletes with sudden wealth


The Associated Press

May 7, 2017

Top college athletes often rely on academic advisers, trainers and coaches to manage matters off the field — so it’s not unusual for them to put the same trust in financial advisers when they turn pro, said Tim Davis, a Wake Forest University law professor and co-author of “The Business of Sports Agents.” Further, many athletes don’t have experience dealing with the amount of money they earn; not many people do. That opens the door for unscrupulous characters to get into their investments.

This story also ran on multiple national and international outlets including ABC NewsFox News and Stars and Stripes.

Speciall Report: Should Coal Country Roll Back State Laws and Rely on Reds?

Bloomberg BNA
May 4

“If he’s really for the miners, which seem to be in his constituency, then he would be for active regulation,” Sidney Shapiro, a Wake Forest School of Law professor, said.

When Hiring a Lawyer or Mediator, Buyer Beware


Psychology Today

May 4

Vincent Cardi’s article, “The Law As Violence: Essay: Litigation As Violence“, published in the Wake Forest Law Review in 2014, ended as follows.

Uruguay’s ‘inspiring record on environment, UN expert says country must do more

UN News Centre

May 2

“Uruguay has supported its obligations to human rights and the environment by adopting a number of laws and policies on rights to information, public participation in environmental decision-making, and providing remedies following environmental harm,” UN Special Rapporteur John Knox said at the end of his five-day mission to the country, according to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Case studies in ‘free speech’

Carolina Journal

May 1

2017: Private universities and the Shannon Gilreath incident

The First Amendment doesn’t govern private colleges and universities, making it tough for professors and students to tout unpopular views. Shannon Gilreath, a professor of law and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University, came under fire in January 2017 for penning a highly controversial op-ed published by the Washington Blade, a national LGBT news source.

Wake Forest University School of Law to promote fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate programs for Alaska residents at annual Anchorage SHRM Conference, May 18-19

Alaska Business

May 1

The MSL degree and certificate programs are specially designed for professionals who need to navigate the law to better manage risk in the workplace. The Human Resources degree track focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate a growing number of complex employment laws and regulations.  It provides professionals with the necessary legal compliance knowledge and skill to reduce risk and increase value for their business, in a flexible, accessible degree format.

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.”

‘Folks don’t feel safe’


April 30

A woman who works with refugees describes the harrowing stories they’ve told her about what happened before they fled their homes. A Wake Forest law professor explains that there’s nothing illegal about the resolution the City Council is finally about to vote on. Besse tells the crowd that whatever happens to his resolution tonight doesn’t really matter.

LS mock trial team earns high marks at the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Harvard Law Today

April 28

Sixteen teams from fourteen regions competed at the national competition. Harvard Law School earned their spot in the national arena when they won the Boston regional competition — finishing undefeated with a 15-0 record. During the national competition, Harvard advanced to the quarterfinals, having faced teams from Baylor Law School, Tulane University Law School, Wake Forest University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law. Wake Forest took home the national title.