Media Roundup for Feb. 23, 2018

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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 Feb. 23, 2018:


Leaders of ‘Death Care Revolution’ Publish First-Ever Comprehensive Look at Challenges Facing Funeral Industry


Connecting Directors

February 28

“We are in the midst of a death care revolution, and most people don’t even know it,” says Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Tanya Marsh, who organized the “Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death” symposium. “This Journal issue is a must have for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing the funeral industry today. I hope that it will spark long-overdue discussions between policymakers, industry leaders and reformers.”

Insider Tainting: Strategic Tipping of Material Nonpublic Information
Northwestern University Law Review
February 2018

Professor Andrew Verstein authored this article in Northwestern University Law Review.  The abstract follows:

Insider trading law is meant to be a shield, protecting the market and investors from connected traders, but it can also be a sword. Insofar as we penalize trading on the basis of material non-public information, it becomes possible to share information strategically in order to disable or constrain innocent investors. A hostile takeover can be averted, or a bidding war curtailed, because information recipients must then refrain from trading. This Article offers the first general account of “insider tainting,” an increasingly pervasive phenomenon of weaponizing insider trading law.

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment presents 16 Framework Principals on Human Rights and the Environment in final report to UN Human Rights Council
Great Lakes Law

February 2018

Professor John Knox, a leading expert on international environmental and human rights law, is scheduled to present his final reports as Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment to the United Nations Human Rights Council this week. In July 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Knox to a three-year mandate as its first Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, and in March 2015, his mandate was extended for three years and his title changed to Special Rapporteur.

Law Students of the Year
National Jurist

February 22

The National Jurist has named Julian, North Carolina-native Emily Scotton (JD ’18) among 20 “Law Students of the Year” in its Spring 2018 issue:

“Throughout the school’s pro bono project, Scotton spearheaded the Family Preparedness Project, which helps provide durable powers of attorney for North Carolina residents who may be at risk of deportation.

“She helped organize bilingual student volunteers, supervising attorneys and faculty members, who met with clients in Winston-Salem over the course of four evenings in April 2017.  The project will continue this spring.”

Alumnus Greg Parks Focuses on His Writing, Civil Rights

UK Now

February 28

Having authored or edited more than 10 scholarly books and many articles, Gregory S. Parks ’01 ’04 (College of Arts and Sciences) often focuses on issues dealing with diversity on university campuses in the United States… He is co-authoring a book with Matthew Hughey for 2018 with New York University Press on the history of African-American fraternities and sororities’ racial uplift. Its working title is “Uplifting the Race: African American Fraternities and Sororities and the Quest for Black Social Equality.”

“The book looks at the history of African-American fraternities and sororities — eight of the nine major ones between 1906 and about the early 1970s in the areas of community service, philanthropy, social activism, civic activism and efforts to shape public policy,” he said.

HCC to form Advanced Manufacturing Incubator in industrial park space

The Mountaineer

February 23

To determine the most viable and beneficial use of the facility, HCC recently commissioned an external feasibility study. Under the direction of an education and economic development consultant affiliated with Wake Forest University School of Law, local and regional economic development data were analyzed and paired with an examination of existing resources at HCC.

Look At The Latest Law School Proudly On Team GRE

Above the Law

February 22

It’s time to update your scoreboards! We now officially have 16 law schools that accept the GRE in lieu of the traditional law school admissions exam, the LSAT.

Treating Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem: Exploring Intersecting Root Causes

Awaken Blog

February 21

Essay by Professor Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ‘90) “Run, hide in the closet.”  Little eyes fill with tears and arms stretch out. The teacher gives the children tootsie roll candies and whispers for them to be quiet.  A fifth-grade boy starts to pray.  The children all hold hands as the teacher hugs them.  They huddle in the closet in the music room and wait. . .  “

Making Sense of Causation in Mixed Motives Cases

Worklaw Jotwell

February 21

To say that the law of causation in mixed motives cases is a mess would be an understatement, as Andrew Verstein highlights in his article, The Jurisprudence of Mixed Motives.

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How.

New York Times

February 20

“There are advantages for consumers who want to spend down their assets in order to qualify for Medicaid,” said Tanya Marsh, lawyer and professor of funeral and cemetery law at Wake Forest University. “But for consumers who aren’t in this situation, there are benefits to prearrangement, but not clear advantages for purchasing pre-need plans.”

Catawba County News

February 15

We’ll view the TED Talk A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System, followed by a lively discussion led by Wake Forest University’s Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law, Professor Ron Wright.

Can a rare NC law prevent GenX law suits? Probably not

Star News Online

February 14

John Korzen, the director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law, represented the plaintiffs in both CTS cases. “Most states have said this (statute of repose) doesn’t apply to disease, and then post-2014 it doesn’t apply to a whole range of chemicals if there’s been …

First-in-the-Nation Partnership between Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University School of Law Establishes Innovative Program for Physician Assistant Students

Wake Health News

February 14

The next generation of physician assistants (PAs) now have the ability to partake in a new partnership — the first of its kind in the U.S. — established by Wake Forest University’s School of Law online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program and Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program.