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Innocence and Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Program co-sponsor ‘Re-Thinking Drug Policy’ symposium on Monday, Oct. 2

The Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Criminal Justice Program are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Re-Thinking Drug Policy: Seeking Solutions Based on Law, Science and Public Health,” with the Rethinking Community Program, the Office of the Provost, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Engagement Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction and Clinical and Translational Science Institute from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine St., 5th Floor Tiered Classroom, in downtown Winston-Salem.

The event, which is also sponsored by Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), is free and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with “International Wrongful Conviction Day.”

Three hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits (one hour of substance abuse, two hours of general) have been approved by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) for a fee. 

 

After four decades, policy analysts across the political spectrum have come to recognize that the War on Drugs is both ineffective and counterproductive. The “tough on crime” policies have led to massive increases in incarceration and have served to nurture, rather than dismantle, drug cartels. The use of mandatory minimums aimed at targeting traffickers, has instead led to essentially criminalizing addiction, throwing low level addicts into prison and only exacerbating mental health conditions. The utter failure of the War on Drugs is showcased in the current public health epidemic presented by the opioid crisis. Across the country, opioid abuse and overdose related deaths are rapidly rising to unprecedented rates. This symposium will provide context for the history of what led to this current state, consider solutions that incorporate not only the medical and scientific concerns related to addiction and over prescription, but also the criminal justice responses that have bloated our prisons and devastated families and communities across the country.

The event will be streamed live online, as well as available in two video sessions for viewing later.  Using Google Chrome is recommended.

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Participants in D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program gain valuable experience

Wake Forest School of Law students participating in the Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Externship Program had a busy summer clerking in some of the nation’s most vibrant courts as well as taking field trips to Quantico, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Federal Circuit and networking with alumni.
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Incoming students, faculty and staff give back to community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Aug. 15 and Aug. 17

Members of the incoming Wake Forest Law JD Class of 2020 along with international students, faculty and staff will give back to their new community by volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity site in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Media Roundup for Aug. 11, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Aug. 11, 2017: Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for August 4, 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 Aug. 4, 2017. Continue reading »

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Longtime media attorney, First Amendment expert Jonathan Buchan to give Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 14

Jonathan Buchan of Essex Richards P.A. will give the Wake Forest University annual Constitution Day lecture at noon on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law, the longtime media lawyer and business litigator has represented The Charlotte Observer and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He will address, “Free Speech Under Siege: The Importance of Freedom of the Press in a Free Society.” The event, which includes a light lunch, is open to all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff.

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Save the Date: 2017-18 Sager Speaker Series events announced

The Business Law Program is pleased to announce the distinguished 2017-18 Sager Speaker Series invitees.

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Roy L. McDonald II (JD ’00) selected to serve as Deputy Command Judge Advocate

Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney Roy L. McDonald II (JD ’00), a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, has been selected to serve as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the 166th Regional Support Group “Taino Warriors,” located at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.  The Deputy Command Judge Advocate is the second most senior legal adviser in the command. Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for July 28, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of July 28, 2017: Continue reading »

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Dean Emeritus and Professor Bob Walsh receives Sherman Christensen Award from American Inns of Court for outstanding leadership

Dean Emeritus and Professor Bob Walsh has been selected as this year’s recipient of the A. Sherman Christensen Award, given by the American Inns of Court in recognition of outstanding service and exceptional leadership.

“I was privileged to nominate Bob,” says Tom Comerford Jr. (JD ’74) of Comerford & Britt LLP. “This is quite an honor for Bob and for the Joseph Branch Inn of Court.  Please join me in congratulating Bob for this great achievement.” Continue reading »