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Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77), Professor Shannon Gilreath (’02) tell Asheville Citizen Times SCOTUS decision could become landmark case

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) and Professor Shannon Gilreath (’02) are quoted in the following article originally published by the Asheville Citizen Times here.

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Professor Shannon Gilreath

Professor Shannon Gilreath writes in The Huffington Post: ‘Can Hatred Be a Virtue?’

Professor Shannon Gilreath published the following piece on his personal Huffington Post blog:

The following is a reflection on something that happened to me recently, and why I feel it is a moment to learn and to teach. Continue reading »

Wake Forest School of Law Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77)

The Charlotte Observer Q&A: Wake Forest Law dean on what same-sex marriage ruling means for N.C.

The Charlotte Observer’s Tim Funk spoke to Dean Suzanne Reynolds to clarify just what does Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling mean for North Carolina? Does the decision affect magistrates who may cite religious objections to refuse to marry same-sex couples? And will gays and lesbians who marry their partners enjoy the same benefits and rights as other married couples? Continue reading »

Wake Forest School of Law Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77)

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) gives Charlotte Observer her take on SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77), an expert in family law, tells The Charlotte Observer that if the U.S. Supreme Court leaves the legality of same-sex marriage up to the states, it will throw the Carolinas into “chaos.” Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil is the director of the law school's Innocence and Justice Clinic.

Professor Mark Rabil says new CDPL study highlights increased N.C. taxpayer cost when state pursues death penalty

DURHAM ― Death penalty advocates say executions are needed to punish a small handful of the “worst of the worst” criminals. However, a new report from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) finds that the death penalty in North Carolina is being used broadly and indiscriminately, with little regard for the strength of the evidence against defendants ― and putting innocent people at risk of being sentenced to die. See the full report here: http://www.cdpl.org/wrongfulprosecutions and watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/130797227 Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells Wall Street Journal investigation needed in Charleston, S.C., shooting to prove hate crime

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, tells the Wall Street Journal in the following story about the recent shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, that proving a hate crime is difficult and an investigation is necessary. Read the original story here.

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Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons explains why prosecuting hate crimes is hard

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons is the director of the Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program. She tells Take Part reporter Rebecca McCray why proving a hate crime is so difficult in the original story that also ran on Yahoo News here. Continue reading »

Professor Omari Simmons

Publication co-authored by Professor Omari Simmons referenced in Canada’s Online Legal Magazine

Professor Omari Simmons speaks to the role of general counseling evolving, and what that means for counselors in the article “All the ways your legal skills can be used” by Omar Ha-Redeye for Canada’s Online Legal Magazine/Slaw. Professor Simmons is the director of the Business Law Program at Wake Forest Law and the program will offer a new in-house counsel course this fall.
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Adjunct Professor Kim Stevens (’92) hired as a Capital Resource Counsel

Adjunct Professor Kim Stevens (JD ’92) has been announced as the newest Capital Resource Counsel by the Capital Trials Expert Panel of the Federal Public Defender system and the Capital Resource Counsel Project. Professor Stevens is replacing Gerald Zerkin, who retired in March, and will begin working as a Capital Resource Counsel in July, 2015 in the Middle District of North Carolina.

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Professor of Law Tanya Marsh

Professor Tanya Marsh talks to People magazine about Urban Death Project

Professor Tanya Marsh is quoted in the following story, which ran in People magazine online here, about her Funeral and Cemetery Law class examining the laws regarding the status, treatment and disposition of human remains. In previous semesters, students have researched the law of a particular state and “represented” clients in hypothetical exercises. In the Fall 2015 semester, students will expand on this model to research the law of a particular state with respect to the feasibility of the Urban Death Project, and the resulting work product will be incorporated into the toolkit.  Planners will be expressly cautioned that the legal briefings prepared by students will not substitute for the advice of an attorney licensed to practice in a particular state, but they should provide a great start for planners and their counsel.

“This exciting collaboration with the Urban Death Project will allow students in Funeral and Cemetery Law to learn about the law while engaging in a unique and intensive experiential learning activity,” Professor Marsh explains.  “By focusing our attention on the feasibility of this project in various states, students will learn to appreciate the significance of small differences in law.  We will work on client communication skills throughout the semester in order to produce briefings that can be readily integrated into the toolkit.”

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