Wake Forest Law Media Roundup for Aug. 24, 2018

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Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for Aug. 24, 2018:

Checking in with Professor Kate Mewhinney’s Elder Law Clinic at Wake Forest School of Law

August 21

Law Professors Blog Network

Over the weekend, one of my news feeds sent me a timely article on Wake Forest University’s Elder Law Clinic as it prepares to begin a new academic year, offering free legal services to new clients.  I’m a long time admirer of the Professor Kate Mewhinney (who also Tweets), who began this creative enterprise more than 20 (25+?) years as a medical-legal partnership model, before that concept was in vogue.  She continues to inspire new generations of practitioners. The Winston-Salem Journal column describes the Wake Forest clinic as “one of the most valuable” resources for area elders.


Verstein on Investor Time Horizons & Business Conduct

August 20

Legal Theory Blog

Andrew Verstein (Wake Forest University School of Law) has posted Wrong-Termism, Right-Termism, and the Liability Structure of Investor Time Horizons (Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 41, 2018) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Do investor time horizons lead to inefficient business conduct in the real economy? An extensive finance literature analyzes whether particular practices (e.g., high frequency trading and stock buybacks) lead firms to operate with inefficiently myopic investment horizons, and an extensive legal literature considers the appropriateness of policy interventions. This Article joins those debates by charting the space of possibilities: what might be the causes of problematic time horizons? What solutions are available? One implication of this analysis is that there may be unexplored market-based solutions located on the liability side of investors’ balance sheets. This Article also argues that we should avoid characterizing the time horizon problem in a manner that subtly endorses some contested perspective on the appropriate time horizon. Rather than investigating excessive “short-termism” or “long-termism,” our starting point should be the broader category of “wrong-termism.” This Article was written in connection with the 9th Annual Berle Symposium: Investor Time Horizon.


Why one north Mississippi D.A. thinks special prosecutors hold the key in police shootings

August 19

Mississippi Today

Colom is one of few prosecutors across the country with an explicit policy to appoint an independent prosecutor in all cases where law enforcement officers shoot civilians, commonly known as officer-involved shootings. It’s a policy that has “a really good implication for police accountability,” said Kami Chavis, director of the criminal justice program at the Wake Forest University School of Law.

This was also published in  the Daily Journal.

Mike Wells: Take advantages of free or low-cost legal services

August 19

Winston-Salem Journal

Legal Clinic for the Elderly: Under the supervision of a lawyer, law students at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem provide free legal services to the community in Forsyth County and surrounding counties. To be a client of the Elder Law Clinic, a person must be at least 60 years old, and have an income of less than $2,000 a month for a household of one or less than $2,700 per month for a household of two.


Higher Education Notebook

August 17

Winston-Salem Journal

Brad Wilson, a 1978 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, has been named executive in residence with both WFU law school and its School of Business, WFU said in a statement.  Wilson is the retired president and chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. He began his duties on Aug. 1.

The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties
August 15

TaxProf Blog

Wake Forest Law ranked No. 44 on a 2018 study that explores the scholarly impact of law faculties. Refined by Brian Leiter, the “Scholarly Impact Score,” for a law faculty is calculated from the mean  and the median of total law journal citations over the past five years to the work of tenured faculty members.

Activists Looking to Usher In Real Justice With Reform-Minded DAs

August 13

Black News Zone

Kami Chavis, a professor of law at Wake Forest University and a former assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, said that while she agrees prosecutors possess a great deal of unchecked power and enormous discretion in the cases they handle, she believes that creativity and imagination can have a profound impact on criminal justice.


Clock Ticks as States Respond to Labor Dept. Health Rule

August 8

Bloomberg BNA

“I think state action can be effective in mitigating the worst effects of this rule on market stability,” Mark A. Hall, a professor and director of the health law and policy program at the Wake Forest University School of Law, told Bloomberg Law in an email.


St. Louis ousts prosecutor who didn’t get charges against cop who killed Michael Brown

August 8


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The Digital Crisis in Prisons

August 6

Crime Report

“Before I came along our letters from inmates would go in the trash,” says Elizabeth Johnson, a reference librarian and professor at Wake Forest University. In 2013, Johnson started the Prison Letters Project, a pro bono program where law students field requests for legal assistance from North Carolina prisoners. Students send copies of case law, articles or chapters of books. Everything they send to prisoners is freely available online, like Google Scholar or the North Carolina state website that has a copy of state law and statutes. Getting timely legal information is ‘part of access to justice.’ “I see it as a librarian’s civil duty,” she says of the project. “I, personally, felt a strong conviction to help assist inmates in their information needs as a part of access to justice, bringing legal information and access to courts to those who are under-served and unable to access these materials.”