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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Simmons writes about police accountability and racial bias in The New York Times

Most police officers fulfill their duties with professionalism and integrity. But the purity of one individual officer’s motives is not the real issue in the post-Ferguson debate. Rather, there is a broader concern about systemic issues that contribute to racial disparities within our criminal justice system. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox quoted in Media Matters article about climate agreement and the Constitution

Conservative media are suggesting that the Obama administration is “working with foreigners to subvert the Constitution” by seeking a climate agreement with other nations without Senate approval, but legal experts agree that because it is not expected to be legally binding, the accord does not require Senate ratification.

“It’s not unconstitutional…presidents have done it countless times in the past,” said John H. Knox, a UN independent expert on human rights and the environment and professor of international law at Wake Forest University School of Law, in an email to Media Matters. Continue reading »

Mayors Allen Joines and Nancy Vaughan hold a public discussion, “Tale of Two Cities,” as part of course taught by Professor Don Vaughan (’79)

Mayors Allen Joines of Winston-Salem and Nancy Vaughan of Greensboro will hold a joint discussion entitled “Tale of Two Cities” from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8. It will focus on policies in the two towns, including recent policy changes that have occurred. The discussion will be a part of a course on State and Local Government taught by adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (‘79), but is open to all faculty, staff, and students. It will be held in Worrell Room 1308 at Wake Forest Law. Continue reading »

Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (’79) quoted about felony criminal defendants ability to waive jury trials in WRAL.com article

Criminal defendants charged with all but the most serious felonies would be able to have a judge, rather than a jury of their peers, decide whether they are guilty or innocent if voters approve a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons writes about fatal police shooting in Ferguson in Huffington Post blog

The fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, and the subsequent events in Ferguson, Missouri, once again highlights the tensions that continue to exist between police officers and the residents of poor urban communities. Brown’s fatal shooting comes only weeks after a police officer killed another unarmed man, Eric Garner, in New York City, by allegedly subjecting him to an illegal chokehold. While it is important to wait for the results of an investigation into the Brown shooting, many Ferguson residents lack faith in the local police department to conduct an impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death. Continue reading »

Professor Eugene Mazo

Wake Forest Law faculty make a splash at SEALS

Nearly eight hundred law professors gathered at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2014 Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Florida, on August 1-7, 2014. They came to present their latest research, to learn from each other, and to discuss the latest developments in the legal profession. Better known as SEALS, this conference constitutes one of the largest annual gatherings of law professors in the country, and participation in its events is considered an honor for members of the legal academy. Continue reading »

Gregory Parks

Professor Gregory Parks speaks at ABA panel regarding implicit bias within the judicial system

Professor Gregory Parks spoke on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the ABA Judicial Division Annual Meeting in Boston as part of a panel of legal experts presenting   “. . . and Justice for Some: Unconscious Bias and the Law.” Parks noted that implicit bias is arguably a pervasive issue within the judicial system.

“The fundamental principle behind it is that people make automatic, subconscious associations between categories of people and positive or negative concepts,” he said. “As such, in the criminal context, blacks are likely to be surveilled, followed, searched, encouraged to plea, get prosecuted, found guilty, sentenced more harshly. The influence of implicit race bias can be seen in the decision making of police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors, and even judges.” Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall is quoted regarding universal insurability and Affordable Care Act in Triad Business Journal

Professor Mark Hall spoke in a panel discussion sponsored by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 12 about the Affordable Care Act stating “…the main point and the key objective is universal insurability — making sure that everyone has the ability to apply for and be granted health insurance coverage. Whether they can afford it is another matter, but making sure that access was there is the seat.” Triad Business Journal reporter, Owen Covington, authored the article below regarding the discussion  Continue reading »

Professor Michael D. Green

Professor Michael Green quoted in national media about wave of Lipitor lawsuits

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is facing a mounting wave of lawsuits by women who allege that the company knew about possible serious side effects of its blockbuster anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor but never properly warned the public. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall’s health insurance study cited in Arizona Daily News

Some Arizonans will be getting money back from their health insurance companies this summer. Continue reading »