Wake Forest Law Media Roundup for Sept. 7, 2018

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Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for Sept. 7, 2018:

2017 Was Deadliest Year for Environmental Activists

Sept. 5


Because of rigorous verification standards, Global Witness’s data are the “gold standard” on the killing of environmental activists, says John Knox, a Wake Forest University law professor and the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. (Knox’s UN appointment ended on Aug. 1.)

ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

Sept. 5

Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

For the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices — Nashville and Washington, D.C. The goal of the internship program, which also is in effect at other times of the year, is to equip undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, with a “Gospel-centered, kingdom-focused perspective” on ethical and religious freedom issues, according to the ERLC….  In recent years, the ERLC interns have included students from graduate schools such as Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology and Wake Forest School of Law….

George D. Newton Jr. Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by  Marquis Who’s Who
Sept. 4
24/7 Press Release

Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present George D. Newton Jr. with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Newton taught a course on complex civil litigation at Wake Forest University School of Law for 12 years from 1991 to 2003.

Manta on Sexual Consent and Online Lies

Aug. 31

CrimProf Blog

Irina D. Manta of Hofstra University has posted Tinder Lies, forthcoming in Wake Forest Law Review.  The abstract follows:

The rise of Internet dating — in recent years especially through the use of mobile-based apps such as Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge — forces us to re-examine an old problem in the law: that of how to handle sexual fraud. Many people with romantic aspirations today meet individuals with whom they do not share friends or acquaintances, which allows predators to spin tales as to their true identities and engage in sexual relations through the use of deceit. Indeed, according to some studies, about 80% of individuals lie on at least some part of their online dating profiles, and a subset of those individuals tell lies that undermine the foundation of their sexual mates’ subsequent ability to give consent. Whether or how to criminalize this type of fraudulent behavior has been debated for some time, and the difficulties involved in prosecutions in this context have made the criminal law a fairly ineffective tool. Previous proposals for tort recovery have failed to gain many adherents for similar reasons.

Direct Hires of In-House Judges Now in Labor Secretary Hands

Aug. 29

Bloomberg Law

The DOL’s change is in line with Trump’s order, but it still presents some potential legal problems, according to Sidney Shapiro, the Frank U. Fletcher Chair of Administrative Law at Wake Forest University.  This change raises concerns about the independence of the judges if their appointment lies directly in the hands of a politically appointed agency chief, Shapiro said.