Media Roundup for June 1, 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 June 1, 2017:

Isolationist Policies Threaten Public Health

American Public Health Association

June 1

Christine Nero Coughlin is a Professor and the Director of the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Program, Wake Forest University School of Law, and a faculty member of the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC. Adam Messenlehner is a Research Assistant to Christine Nero Coughlin at Wake Forest University School of Law.


“Connect with nature, before it is too late”- UN expert urges all governments to save biodiversity

United Nations Human Rights

June 1

Speaking ahead of the World Environment Day on Monday 5 June, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, urges all States to do more to fulfill their existing obligations to protect the world’s biological diversity from extinction.


Why you can’t blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs


May 30

(This may go against voters’ wishes, but another problem is voters don’t actually do much to hold prosecutors accountable: When Ronald Wright of Wake Forest University School of Law looked at data from 1996 to 2006, he found that about 95 percent of incumbent prosecutors won reelection, and 85 percent ran unopposed in general elections.)


Five African American Faculty Members Given New Assignments


The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

May 26

Kami Chavis, professor of law, associate dean of research and public engagement, and director of the Criminal Justice Program at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been given the added duties of associate provost for academic initiatives at the university. Professor Simmons has been on the law school’s faculty since 2006.


Blue Cross: Uncertainty over health-care law warrants 23 percent hike on some premiums

Greensboro News & Record

May 25

“It’s unfortunate that the Trump administration and Congress have chosen to create so much uncertainty about continuing that legally mandated payments,” said Mark Hall, a law professor at Wake Forest University who is a national expert on health care. “That uncertainty puts insurers, like Blue Cross, in a real bind: either they set their prices for next year based on the assumption that the payments will continue, but risk having to either cancel coverage or impose substantial mid-year increases. Or, they go ahead and price their products assuming these payments cease, which results in a rate increase that is almost three times what it would otherwise be.”

This story was also published on the Independent Tribune Online,, Statesville Record & Landmark Online and McDowell News.


Law firm expects exciting ballpark office location to provide energy, aid recruiting

Triad Business Journal

May 25

Francie Scott, interim director of the Office of Career & Professional Development at Wake Forest University School of Law, said many of the Winston-Salem school’s graduates hoping to stay in North Carolina are most interested in Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington.