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Faculty News and Notes Summer 2015

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted in U.S. News and World Report about Freddie Gray police settlement case

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells U.S. News and World Report in the following story that police departments are under no direct pressure to change.

U.S. News and World Report writes: Baltimore’s decision Wednesday to give the family of Freddie Gray $6.4 million has been hailed as a triumph for those who have complained about police brutality, and a way to bring closure to a Baltimore community still attempting to heal painful divisions with its own police department. But it’s the wounded community that will end up paying, with its tax dollars, the settlement to the family of Gray, who died at age 25 while in police custody. Continue reading »

Professor Jonathan Cardi

Professor Jonathan Cardi selected to be Associate Reporter of the Restatement Third of Torts: Intentional Torts

Professor Jonathan Cardi has been selected to be an Associate Reporter of the Restatement Third of Torts: Intentional Torts, a project directed by the American Law Institute (ALI). ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

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Professor Margaret Taylor

Professor Margaret Taylor’s article regarding non-LPR cancellation featured on immigration blog

Professor Margaret Taylor’s article, “What Happened to Non-LPR Cancellation? Rationalizing Immigration Enforcement by Restoring Durable Relief from Removal” is featured in the Las Vegas/Reno Family Immigration Blog from Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Taylor is well known for her teaching and research on immigration detention policy and the deportation of criminal offenders. She is a recipient of the school’s Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award and of the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has testified on immigration detention before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.  Continue reading »

Professor of Law Tanya Marsh

Research by Professor Tanya Marsh, Daniel Gibson (JD ’15) about human remains featured in Winston-Salem Journal

The Winston-Salem Journal published the following story on Sept. 8, 2015:

Legal problems don’t go away when loved ones die. They can get more complicated. Continue reading »

Assistant Dean of Instructional Technologies and Design Ellen Murphy

Professor Ellen Murphy (JD ’02) named first assistant dean for instructional design, interim director of Master in Studies in Law degree

Wake Forest Law Professor Ellen Murphy (JD ’02) has been named the law school’s first assistant dean for instructional design and interim director of the Master in Studies in Law (MSL) degree program. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells Wisconsin Public Radio police body cameras important tool in police accountability

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons talked on Wisconsin Public Radio about the role of body cameras in communities on Thursday, Sept. 3. Simmons is director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest University School of Law and she has made numerous radio and TV appearances in addition to writing articles for both international and national media outlets.

“Police-worn body cameras represent an important tool in increasing police accountability,” she said during the interview. “However, these cameras are only a part of what should be comprehensive strategy to promote professionalism, increase integrity and accountability, and build the public’s trust with respect to local police departments. Body-worn cameras are an evolving technology and the polices jurisdictions develop will need to  evolve as well.”

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Professor of Law Tanya Marsh

Professor Tanya Marsh quoted in Metro Philadephia regarding Pennsylvania’s restrictive funeral home regulations

Professor Tanya Marsh is quoted in the following Metro Philadelphia article published on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015  about how an obscure lawsuit over funeral home regulations coupled with a down economy has resulted in the recent discoveries of bodies in unlicensed funeral homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Marsh teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, a Seminar on Law, Business, and the Economy, Funeral and Cemetery Law, and Professional Development. Her scholarship addresses commercial real estate, the regulation of community banks, and the laws regarding the status, treatment, and disposition of human remains.
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Professor Tanya Marsh

Professor Tanya Marsh writes in The Huffington Post: ‘A Grave Injustice to Religious and Economic Liberty in New Jersey’

Professor Tanya Marsh published the following on Aug. 31, 2015, on her Huffington Post blog: Continue reading »

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77)

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) featured as Tar Heel of the Week in Raleigh News and Observer

Raleigh News and Observer Correspondent Marti Maguire featured Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) as the Tar Heel of the Week in the following story:

As a young law professor, Suzanne Reynolds was drawn to the field of family law because of the gender disparities she saw written into the state’s laws – antiquated notions she would work to change in a long career as a prominent expert in the field. Continue reading »