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Professor Kami Chavis named Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement

Professor Kami Chavis, founder and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, has been named the law school’s Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement. Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) says this position will highlight Professor Chavis’ passion for public engagement.

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Professor Kami Chavis writes in Pittsburgh Law Jurist: ‘Hate Crime Laws to Protect Police are Misguided’

The following was originally posted here in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Jurist.
JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Kami N. Chavis of Wake Forest University School of Law discusses the recent proposals to add police officers to hate crime statutes…

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses with students in Professor Dick Schneider's "Law, Literature, & Culture" course in Venice, Italy.

Professor Richard Schneider, law students join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on July 27 in special ‘Merchant of Venice’ experience in Italy

Wouldn’t you agree that the losing litigant in a trial rife with falsities and error — from an imposter judge to undeniable anti-Semitism — deserves an appeal?  After a verdict resulting in a forced religious conversion and the surrender of wealth and property, and the passage of more than 400 years, Shylock, the hard-hearted moneylender from Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, “The Merchant of Venice,” has been granted an appeal.  His appeal has been briefed and will be argued in his native Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

On July 27, 2016, at the intersection of the 500th anniversary of the formation of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, a mock appeal hearing will be held in Shylock’s case. The judicial panel hearing the arguments will consist of none other than the Honorable U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Wake Forest Law’s Professor Richard Schneider.

“This is the kind of thing that only happens once,” said Professor Schneider.

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Professor Kami Chavis authors opinion piece in New York Times about technology use among law enforcement

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, authored the article, “Technology Doesn’t Change the Need for Legal Protection,” published on the New York Times Opinion Page on July 14, 2016.  The article, which follows, discusses the use of technology among law enforcement, in light of the recent shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas.

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Professor John Knox discusses increased assassination rate of environmental activists

Professor John Knox, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, was quoted in the following original article, “Murders of Activists Defending Safe Water and Environment Rise Sharply,” originally published on Circle of Blue on July 13, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis co-authors article in American Prospect regarding recent police shootings, implicit bias and potential solutions

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, co-authored the article, “How We Move Beyond Dallas,” with George Washington University Law School Professor Spencer Overton, published on The American Prospect on July 13, 2016.

Professor Chavis and Professor Overton discuss the recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas, as well as solutions for moving forward.  They reference a number of implicit bias-related studies and research from sources including the Obama administration’s President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the New York Times, #PopJustice’s report series and more.  The original article follows.

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Wake Forest Law Review welcomes new staff members for 2016

The Wake Forest Law Review has announced the membership of 28 new rising second-year law students and one rising third-year law student to its organization. Students were selected by grading into the top 10 percent of his or her class or by his or her outstanding performance in the write-on competition.

“Please join me in congratulating the newest members of the Wake Forest Law Review,” said Editor-In-Chief Kayleigh Butterfield (JD ’17) in an email to faculty and staff. “We are thrilled to have the following students join our team.”

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Professor Tim Davis featured in WalletHub study about sports gambling trends

Professor Tim Davis was featured in the WalletHub article, “2016′s Most Gambling-Addicted States,” by Richie Bernardo.  The article analyzes and discusses states’ gambling trends and laws.  It also includes a study that uses data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Gaming Association, National Council on Problem Gambling and more.

In the article, the study’s main findings and methodology are outlined, and a number of graphics and tables are included.  Professor Davis was interviewed about sports gambling among nine other experts in the ”Ask the Experts” section.  His interview, as well as the body of the article, follow.

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Wake Forest Law professors, staff present at Legal Writing Institute’s 17th Biennial Conference on July 10-13

Three Wake Forest Law professors and a staff member will make presentations at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute entitled, “Thriving in a Time of Change,” on July 10–13, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.

The 2016 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute will bring together legal writing professors and other members of the legal academy and practicing bar. The conference this year has a renewed goal of building our sense of community. In LWI’s always collegial and collaborative environment, colleagues will have a chance to meet, reconnect and share ideas about pedagogy, scholarship and professional growth.

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Professor Kami Chavis says Minnesota police shooting reignites debate over aggressive police tactics

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, says Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of a Minnesota man by police during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb has reignited the debate over aggressive police tactics used against racial minorities in America.

The New York Times reports aftermath of Philando Castile’s shooting was captured in a grisly video recorded by the car’s front-seat passenger and streamed live.

“The police shooting of Philando Castile comes on the heels of another violent police encounter that ended in the death of Alton Sterling in Louisiana,” Chavis says. “While it is important to wait for a full investigation to gain  a better understanding of the events that transpired in both of these cases, it is undeniable that these incidents will further strain relations between police and communities nationwide.”

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