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Professor Omari Simmons’ research interests include corporate governance and education policy.  Prior to joining the Wake Forest Law School faculty in 2006, Professor Simmons worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C.

Professor Omari Simmons referenced in Corporate Counsel article

“So You Want to Be an In-house Lawyer?” is written by James Dinnage, Corporate Counsel, who is the co-author with Professor Omari Simmons of  a law review article on the in-house role in the modern world (Innkeepers: A Unifying Theory of the In-House Counsel Role [2011], Seton Hall Law Review Vol 41, 77) and references this in the article below. Continue reading »

Assistant Professor Andrew Verstein

Professor Andrew Verstein publishes article on contract law in William & Mary Law Review

Professor Andrew Verstein published the article, “Ex Tempore Contracting,” in Issue Five of the William & Mary Law Review on May 1, 2014. In the introduction he states that the article argues that the dominant view of contract design is fundamentally limited and misleading. This view is that parties have precisely two options with respect to any given future circumstance: clearly specify their responsibilities to one another at contract formation or leave their responsibilities vague, relying on a court to determine them after performance.

Andrew Verstein joined the Wake Forest faculty in July 2013. He teaches Business Associations, Contracts, Financial Services Regulation, and Securities Regulation. Professor Verstein’s research focuses on financial regulation and contract law.

Professor Verstein’s full article is available online.

Suzanne Reynolds ('77)

Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds quoted in Slate article on Gay Marriage in N.C.

The article “The Gay Marriage Case That Makes No Sense,” which was published on Slate.com on May 2, 2014, refers to Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds as “having written the book on family law” and Reynolds says, “UCC clergy would be liable for a penalty only if they purported to marry a couple for civil purposes. On the other hand, if clergy performed what was purely a religious ceremony, the law would not apply.”  The full text of the article follows from Slate. Continue reading »

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

Professor Harold Lloyd writes a letter to the Class of 2014 in The Huffington Post blog

I recently sent a letter to the Class of 2014 at Wake Forest University School of Law. On the chance that it might be useful to others, I post the letter here as well. I also post it in tribute to a Class that will go far. Continue reading »

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

Professor Harold Lloyd writes about ‘Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education’ in The Huffington Post blog

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Langdell hypocritically convinced law schools that law professors as a rule should have no practice experience. He also convinced them that law professors should come from only a few elite schools (whatever that means) and that the law can and should be learned through parsing redacted appellate cases. To be sure, Langdell always had critics and many law schools have moved away from him over the years to various degrees. For example, in the years before the Great Recession, law schools began adding clinical and legal writing faculty who merged practice with theory. However, these faculty members often were and often continue to be regarded as inferior in status to the “core” or “doctrinal” Langdellian faculty, were and often continue to be paid less, and were and often continue to be non-tenure track, non-core faculty. Continue reading »

SCOTUSblog analyzes Professor John Korzen’s argument in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger

Professor John Korzen argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday,  April 23, 2014 in the case, CTS Corp. v. Waldburger.

Writer Robert Percival wrote in the SCOTUSblog the article appearing in full below titled, “Argument analysis: Was Congress more “legally sophisticated” than the Justices when it overrode state limitations on lawsuits for toxic exposure?” Continue reading »

Official Transcript of the U.S. Supreme Court case CTS Corporation v. Peter Waldburger, argued by Professor John Korzen

Professor John Korzen (’81 BA, ’91 JD) argued a N.C. groundwater cleanup case in U.S. Supreme Court on April 23, 2014. The case is one of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic appeals. Emma Maddux (’13) argued the case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 30, 2013, as part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Continue reading »

A sign cautions visitors outside a treatment facility at the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in 2013.
(Photo: Allen Breed, AP)

USA Today reports on Professor John Korzen’s argument in U.S. Supreme Court regarding toxic water

A divided Supreme Court seemed mostly dubious Wednesday that federal claims for environmental damages can be brought after state deadlines have passed, signaling a potential setback for thousands of former Marines and their families exposed decades ago to contaminated water. Continue reading »

Professor Sidney Shapiro quoted in Bloomberg BNA about OSHA restarting effort to update chemical exposure limits

Wake Forest University Chair in Law Professor Sidney Shapiro was quoted in the April 17, 2014, issue of the Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter article, “Pending OMB Review, OSHA Could Restart Effort to Update Chemical Exposure Limits.”  Shapiro was quoted on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s recent request to gather information on ways to address chemical exposure. The article discussed the lengthy process it would be for this rule-making to occur. Continue reading »

Professor John Korzen (’81 BA, ’91 JD) talks to reporters after today's oral arguments in front of SCOTUS in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger.

Professor John Korzen (’81 BA, ’91 JD) argues N.C. groundwater cleanup case in U.S. Supreme Court on April 23

The  U.S. Supreme Court grappled with abstruse legal terminology today at the heart of an electronics manufacturer’s bid to torpedo a case brought by two dozen North Carolina landowners accusing the company of contaminating their groundwater with industrial solvents. Continue reading »