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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted in Wall Street Journal regarding police tactics

Police departments around the country are racing to develop new training rules on the use of force, a response that has gained urgency amid scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department and an emerging consensus that law-enforcement practices need to be reviewed and revamped. Continue reading »

Professor Ron Wright quoted in New Republic regarding Eric Garner’s death at hands of NYPD

Many of the people who took umbrage at the public outcry over a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson—the now-former police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson—cited the endless ambiguities surrounding that incident as evidence that the system had worked as intended. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons co-authors article about policy changes to hold Ferguson accountable in The Michigan Citizen

The grand jury has made its decision. Now is the time for city, county and state officials in Missouri to work to restore the legitimacy they lost through the events surrounding the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Racially-disproportionate stops, excessive court fines, police aggression and other factors also suggest government is not serving all citizens equally. This inequality is also reflected in Ferguson’s political representation. Continue reading »

Professor Ronald Wright

Professor Ron Wright quoted in Policy Mic article regarding Eric Garner case and police officer prosecution problems

Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ron Wright says in a quote regarding the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., “You could revise state law so that you could describe the category of cases where the appointment of a special prosecutor is mandatory…The governor shall appoint a special prosecutor in the possible criminal wrongdoing by police officer in jurisdiction with the same boundary as the district attorney. You could have an automatic trigger.” Continue reading »
Professor Michael D. Green

Professor Michael Green to receive William L. Prosser Award from AALS in January 2015

Professor Michael Green of Wake Forest Law has been named a winner in The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2015 awards for excellence in legal education. Green will receive the Section on Torts and Compensation Systems William L. Prosser Award. The awards are hosted by several sections of the association which are organized around various academic disciplines and topics of interest. The winners will be acknowledged at section programs during the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting, Jan. 2-5 in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »

Professor Jonathan Cardi

Professor Jonathan Cardi quoted in Watauga Democrat on new law allowing accused individuals to waive a jury trial

Defendants in criminal cases could see shorter trial times with the passing of a new law in North Carolina that allows accused individuals to waive a jury trial, but opponents say it could come with a heavy price to a system of checks and balances. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox optimistic social justice imperative can spur productive negotiations at U.N. climate talks

For all the flack the U.N. climate talks have taken over the past 20 years, one major achievement will be on display as the next round of negotiations open in Peru today. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted in International Business Times about possible civil suit against Ferguson police officer

Michael Brown’s family would face a number of legal hurdles if they filed a lawsuit against former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in civil court, including laws that make it impossible to go after police officers as individuals for legal liability in state courts, according to law experts. Even if successful, a civil suit against Wilson isn’t likely to result in significant monetary damages, and a case against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, or St. Louis County would be even tougher to win. Continue reading »

Associate Professor of Law Tanya Marsh

Professor Tanya Marsh named Associate Reporter for first comprehensive Restatement of Law, Property

Professor Tanya Marsh has been appointed as one of seven Associate Reporters to work on the first comprehensive Restatement of Property Law for the American Law Institute (ALI).

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Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox at center of United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox is quoted in the article, “Social injustice dogs two promising climate solutions” on The Daily Climate on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

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