Media Roundup for June 9, 2017
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
June 12, 2017
Wake Forest University School of Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of June 9, 2017.
“It’s very hard to argue that race did not predominate in setting up our State legislative districts”, Michael Curtis, Professor of Constitutional Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, told The Wilmington Journal. “In the meantime, we refuse to be manipulated by the governor into having an unconstitutional special session and will keep our focus on passing a balanced budget that raises teacher pay, provides relief to the communities affected by Hurricane Matthew and puts money back into the pockets of middle-class families”.
We heard a lot about Russia and their involvement in our election. We heard about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and Comey’s handling of that investigation. We also heard a lot about President Trump potentially trying to influence investigations into Russia and his former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. But Professor Kami Chavis with Wake Forest University School of Law says the most profound takeaway is actually hearing for the first time how uncomfortable Comey was during his meetings with President Trump.
Peace, Earth & Justice News
Now that president Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the world’s largest polluter in history—the United States, from the Paris Accord, perhaps one of the most specific warnings is what a United Nations independent expert on rights and the environment has just said: “We should be fully aware that we cannot enjoy our basic human rights without a healthy environment.” Speaking in Geneva ahead of the World Environment Day on Monday 5 June, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John H. Knox, said “We should all be alarmed at the accelerating loss of biodiversity on which healthy ecosystems depend.” We depend on healthy natural ecosystems for so much – nutrition, shelter, clothing, the very water we drink and the air we breathe, Knox reminded. “And yet, natural forest area continues to decline, marine ecosystems are increasingly under siege, and estimated populations of vertebrate animals have declined by more than half since 1970.”