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Professor Joel Newman with the Paxton Phoenix

Professor Joel Newman visits the Paxton Phoenix, the steam-powered automobile

In the spring of 2011, I saw a piece in The New York Times about a steam-powered automobile, the Paxton Phoenix.  The car had been developed by Robert Paxton McCulloch, heir to the McCulloch chainsaw fortune.  He initiated the project in 1949, and finally abandoned it in 1954.  According to the sole, surviving member of the team—a retired foreman living in California—the project was killed by unfavorable tax laws.  Naturally, I was intrigued. Continue reading »

Wake Forest law professor Harold Lloyd poses in the Worrell Professional Center on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Professor Harold Lloyd writes on Huffington Post blog about controversial SCOTUS ruling in Hobby Lobby case

Professor Harold Lloyd discusses the controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the recent Hobby Lobby case and its potential implications in his blog post titled “Hobby Lobby: No Veil, No Precedent, No Multiple Players?” on

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Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall earns distinction of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ by Thomson Reuters

Mark Hall, the Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, is among three Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center faculty members who have earned the distinction of “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters. Continue reading »

John Knox

Professor John Knox quoted in Ensia magazine about growing violence against environmental activists

Professor John Knox is quoted in Ensia magazine article titled “Dying to Save the World,” about recent reports of growing worldwide violence against environmental activists. Ensia is an online and print magazine that showcases solutions to Earth’s biggest environmental challenges.

“Many of those murdered were ‘accidental’ human rights defenders,” says Knox, a professor of international law at Wake Forest University and independent expert on human rights and the environment of the United Nations Human Rights Council. “They got involved because it was their own land, their own forests, their own water they were defending.”

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Tracey Banks Coan

Professor Tracey Banks Coan named first assistant dean for academic engagement

Wake Forest Law Professor Tracey Banks Coan has been named the law school’s first assistant dean for academic engagement.

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Professor Shannon Gilreath quoted in Old Gold and Black about recent Hobby Lobby ruling by U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Shannon Gilreath is quoted in the Old Gold and Black, Wake Forest University’s student newspaper, in an article titled “Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby.” The article outlines the controversial SCOTUS ruling that has exempted the owners of Hobby Lobby Stores from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers must include contraceptive coverage for employees due to religious reasons.

Gilreath, who believes the ruling to be pro-corporation and anti-worker, is quoted saying, “Corporations are not merely the people that control them or even the people that make up their work forces. Rather, corporations are a legal fiction, with something few individuals enjoy: eternal life. The ability of individuals in a business pursuit to organize as a corporation gives them many special benefits in the business world. It seems only fair to me that if you’ve voluntarily chosen to cloak yourself in that fiction in order to receive the considerable benefits, then you should play by the rules.”

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Professor Ronald Wright

Professor Ron Wright heads to Kosovo to help form new sentencing laws

A Wake Forest Law professor is heading to Kosovo to help establish the Rule of Law in the new country. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall quoted in News Observer about 2015 N.C. subsidized health insurance proposal

Professor Mark Hall is quoted in the News Observer article titled “Third health insurer to enter NC exchange for 2015,” regarding UnitedHealthcare’s recent proposal to sell federally subsidized health insurance in North Carolina, a move that would expand choice and increase competition here.

“It’s a very encouraging sign, a vote of confidence,” said Mark Hall, a professor of law and public health at Wake Forest University. “When they get in a market, they usually do it for the long haul.”

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Carol Anderson, Director of Trial Practice and the Litigation Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law

Professor Carol Anderson quoted in Winston-Salem Journal on Hasani case mistrial

Professor Carol Anderson, the Director of Civil and Criminal Externship Clinic at Wake Forest School of Law, is quoted in the Winston-Salem Journal regarding her comments about the highly publicized and tragic Hasani case that has recently fallen apart due to the introduction of new evidence. In her commentary, Anderson states, ”Doing justice isn’t always satisfying. This is definitely one of those instances. Everybody loses.”

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ACS Convention 2014

Professor Eugene Mazo makes presentation on campaign finance at American Constitution Society’s Convention

Professor Eugene Mazo made a presentation on campaign finance at the American Constitution Society’s 2014 Annual Convention held June 19-21, 2014, in Washington, D.C. While there, Mazo presented a paper at the “ACS Scholars’ Schmooze.” The “Schmooze” events were started more than 20 years ago by Professor Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School and invite leading scholars to showcase their work. Mazo’s presentation was entitled “Avoiding Supreme Injustice: A Way Around the Supreme Court for Campaign Finance Reform(ers).” Continue reading »