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Assistant Professor of Law Gregory Parks

Book co-edited by Professor Gregory Parks premieres as play on Oct. 15 in New York

A book co-written by Professor Gregory S. Parks and Matthew W. Hughey has been arranged for a theatrical production, “12 Angry Men.” The play will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in residence at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, New York. The theatrical readings are part of a larger event series sponsored by Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza. The play is based on “12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today,” written by Parks and Hughey and published by The New Press in 2011. View show details and buy tickets here.

Professor Parks’ research focuses on both race and law issues as well as social science and law issues. His scholarship also focuses on black fraternal networks and their relation to the law–e.g., biographies of prominent African-American lawyers and judges who were/are life-long members of these organizations, the role of these organizations in African-Americans’ quest for social justice and civil rights, and the legal issues around violent hazing within these organizations. Professor Parks has authored or edited nearly 10 scholarly books, including “The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America?” (Oxford University Press 2011) and “Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence” (University Press of Kentucky 2011). Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Professor Parks practiced in Trial Group in the D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School and a law clerk on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Hon. Andre M. Davis) and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby). Follow him on Twitter @BlackJDPhD

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Professor Abigail Perdue

Professor Abigail Perdue discusses teaching innovations at legal writing conference

Professor Abigail Perdue co-presented, ”Maximizing Student Potential by Cultivating a Spirit of Service,” on Sept. 18 at the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Professors Conference at Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.
Professor Sidney Shapiro

Professor Sidney Shapiro blogs in Huffington Post: ‘John Boehner, Volkswagen and the Role of Government’

Professor Sidney Shapiro blogs in Huffington Post: ‘John Boehner, Volkswagen and the Role of Government,’ which appears in a post on Thursday, Oct. 1. Shapiro is one of the country’s leading experts in administrative procedure and regulatory policy. He has written ten books, contributed chapters to seven additional books, authored or coauthored over fifty-five articles, and is currently working on a book on administrative expertise. Sid has been a consultant to government agencies and has testified before Congress on regulatory subjects. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons discusses discriminatory policing at NCBA symposium ‘Understanding and Dismantling Mass Incarceration’ on Oct. 1

Wake Forest Law Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the Criminal Justice Program, will talk about discriminatory policing in a panel discussion titled, “Factors Contributing to Mass Incarceration” as part of a symposium, “Understanding and Dismantling Mass Incarceration: What Solutions Exist for North Carolina?” which will be presented by the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities, on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the North Carolina Bar Association in Cary, North Carolina.

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Professor Michael Curtis

Professor Michael Curtis tells New Yorker magazine nation is headed in an ‘anti-democratic’ direction

Professor Michael Curtis, a constitutional historian, told the New Yorker magazine on Sept. 22, 2015, the nation is “going in an anti-democratic direction.”

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Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall tells Charlotte NPR station N.C. Medicaid overhaul model could be good for consumers

Professor Mark Hall, director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program, was interviewed by the Charlotte NPR affiliate WFAE 90.7 about his opinion on the Medicaid overhaul that was to be voted on by North Carolina lawmakers on Tuesday, Sept. 22. You can find the original article here, on the WFAE 90.7 website. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall quoted in New York Times about how difficult it is to start a new competitive insurance company

Professor Mark Hall is quoted in the article, “Tough Going for Health Co-ops,” published in the New York Times on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, about how difficult it is to start a new insurance company that is competitive. Hall, who is the director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program, is the Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest University. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons and Police Chief Kerr Putney present at UNC-Charlotte’s Constitution Day on Sept. 16

Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and Kami Chavis Simmons, a professor at the Wake Forest School of Law, will examine police use of force and other policing, civil rights and race issues at UNC Charlotte’s annual Constitution Day celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Continue reading »

Professor Solanke poses with her students this semester on the last day of class.

Visiting Professor Iyiola Solanke returns to teach European Union Law course

After a hiatus in 2014-15, Visiting Professor Iyiola Solanke returned in Fall 2015 to teach a concentrated course through the third week of September on the law of the European Union as she has done since 2010. Continue reading »

Professor of Law Tanya Marsh

Professor Tanya Marsh provides law students with hands-on experience in funeral and cemetery law

Professor Tanya Marsh may not see dead people, but she certainly spends a lot of time researching and writing about them.  She has more than a passing interest in the laws surrounding human remains—she has literally written the book on the subject. Her approach to scholarship is unusually hands-on; during the summer, Professor Marsh took the licensing exam to become a funeral director in the State of California. It is likely that she is the only tenured law professor in America to hold such a license. Continue reading »