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‘Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte’ panel discussion set for Wednesday, Sept. 28

A campus-wide discussion, “Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte,” is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for anyone outside the Wake Forest University community here. It will also be live webcast here. The panel discussion will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a student leadership roundtable and small group discussions. The event is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the American Ethnic Studies Program and the Wake Forest Sociology Department.

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Wendsler Nosie of the San Carlos Apache Tribe discusses  "Protecting Native American Cultural Sites: Defending Sacred Land at Oak Flats, Arizona, and Water at Standing Rock - the Struggle Against Corporate Mining, an Oil Pipeline and the U.S. Congress" in the class of David Smith (JD '84) on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Adjunct Professor David Smith (JD ’84) hosts former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe Council to discuss mining protests

Adjunct Professor David C. Smith (JD ’84), who teaches Federal Indian Law, had Wendsler Nosie, a member and a former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe Council in Arizona, speak to his class on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The event was co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Department for the Study of Religions.

Nosie’s presentation is featured in the following story, “Apache protesters against mining operations willing to die for their cause, their leader says,”written by John Hinton and originally published in The Winston-Salem Journal.  It was reposted on

Smith is one of the foremost litigators in matters concerning Native American rights. He serves as Class Counsel in the representation of approximately 500,000 Native Americans in Cobell v. Jewell, a class action against the United States arising out of the mismanagement of the individual Indian Trust, which resulted in the largest class action settlement against the federal government. He also served as lead counsel in the case of Alabama v. PCI Gaming Authoritywhich successfully defended the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from efforts by the state to subject tribal lands to state authority. He speaks and writes frequently on federal Indian policy and has taught at Notre Dame University School of Law and Washington & Lee School of Law. He practices in the Washington, D.C., office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and lives in Easton, Maryland, with his wife Jana, a successful lawyer and musician.

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Professor Kami Chavis

Professor Kami Chavis discusses legal standard for excessive force in New York Times

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program and associate dean for research and public engagement, is quoted in the following original story, “What We Know About the Details of the Police Shooting in Charlottte,” written by Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder and published in The New York Times on Sept. 25, 2016. Continue reading the main story

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott here on Tuesday afternoon has sparked outrage and concern, and set off, once again, a national conversation about the treatment of minorities by the police. The details of the case have also been a source of intense debate. Here are some questions that readers have asked reporters at The New York Times since Mr. Scott’s death.

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Professor Shannon Gilreath

Professor Shannon Gilreath featured in Huffington Post Blog Q & A on North Carolina politics and recent events

Professor Shannon Gilreath was featured in a Q & A interview about North Carolina politics and recent events, like the Keith Lamont Scott protests and House Bill 2, on The Huffington Post Blog.  The following post, “How North Carolina Hurt Keith Lamont Scott,” was published by Jordan Barkin on Sept. 23, 2016.

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North Carolina Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at Wake Forest Law on Tuesday, Oct. 4

For the 24th consecutive year, Wake Forest Law will host oral arguments for the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Oral arguments are set to begin at 3 p.m. in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The court session is open to the public.

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Trial Team

National and AAJ trial teams head to 2016 Tournament of Champions for first time

Wake Forest Law’s National and AAJ trial teams have been invited to compete in the 2016 Tournament of Champions (TOC), hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The tournament is set to begin on Oct. 20 in San Francisco, California. This is the first time the Wake Forest trial teams will make an appearance at the NITA Tournament of Champions.

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Wake Forest Law Review teams with John Richmond (JD ‘98) on ‘Combatting Human Trafficking: Current Trends and Cutting Edge Issues’ symposium on Friday, Oct. 28

John Richmond (JD ’98), the co-founder of the Human Trafficking Institute, has teamed up with the Wake Forest Law Review to present, “Combatting Human Trafficking: Current Trends and Cutting Edge Issues,” on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center.  The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will run from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Room 1312 with a reception will follow. The North Carolina Bar has approved the symposium for 5.5 hours of CLE credit.

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Law Alumni Weekend 2016 set for Nov. 4-5 at Worrell Professional Center

All Wake Forest School of Law alumni are invited to participate in the school’s third annual Law Alumni Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, 2016.

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The National Jurist names Wake Forest Law among Best Value in 2016

Wake Forest Law has once again been named among the Best Value for private law schools by The National Jurist. The original story published Aug. 15, 2016, here follows.

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Business Insider ranks Wake Forest Law among nation’s best law schools

Business Insider, the third highest-read blog, ranked Wake Forest Law among “The 50 best law schools in America” on July 25, 2016, in the following article by Emmie Martin and Tanza Loudenback.

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