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Professor John Knox to speak on climate change at Duke University on Monday, March 2

Wake Forest School of Law Professor John Knox will be featured as a panelist in the “Climate Change, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice: Which Ways Forward?” discussion at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. The panel will be hosted by the Duke Human Rights Center from 4:30-6 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in the 101 West Duke Building. The event is free and open to the public.

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‘American Denial’ documentary film screening rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4

A panel that Professor Mark Rabil will participate in will follow the showing of “American Denial,” a 55-minute documentary, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

Adjunct Professor Christine Bischoff (’04) quoted in WFDD interview on her Feb. 24 N.C. Supreme Court oral argument

Adjunct Professor Christine Bischoff (’04) is quoted in an 88.5 WFDD Public Radio interview about the upcoming North Carolina Supreme Court case that is challenging the legality of the state’s school voucher program. Bischoff will argue the case on Feb. 24, the new date after the postponement of the case for the impending winter storm.

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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons writes in The Huffington Post, ‘Why Are Hate Crimes So Difficult to Prosecute?’

The tragic and violent deaths of students Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu Salha, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, have reignited a fierce debate about the propriety of “hate crimes” or “bias-motivated” crimes, as they are also called. Craig Hicks has been charged with first-degree murder related to these deaths. Many community members are outraged that local authorities, who maintain that the deaths were sparked by a dispute over parking, have yet to charge him with a hate crime because all three of the victims, who were shot execution-style in the head, were Muslim. Continue reading »

Hate crime prosecutions rare in N.C., often difficult to prove

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Relatives of the three Muslim college students killed in North Carolina are pressing for hate crime charges against the alleged shooter, but legal experts say such cases are relatively rare and can be difficult to prove.

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Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox to participate in ‘Climate Talks: Negotiating the Fate of the Planet’ on March 18 at ZSR Library

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox and Wake Forest Professors Miles Silman and Justin Catanoso will participate in “Climate Talks: Negotiating the Fate of the Planet” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, in the Wake Forest ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404).  They will discuss their experience at the December 2014 climate conference in Lima, Peru. This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, but was rescheduled due to the University closing because of winter weather.

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Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox quoted in GlobalVoices: ‘Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?’

Professor John Knox was quoted in the GlobalVoices article, “Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?,” that discusses powerful economic interests versus the marginalized in society.

Knox is an internationally recognized expert on human rights law and environmental law and is currently serving a three-year mandate as the United Nations Human Rights Council’s first Independent Expert on the issues of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells CNN, CTV prosecutors must show Chapel Hill shootings were based on religion to be considered hate crimes

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, is considered one of the nation’s leading hate crime experts. As a result, over the past 24 hours she has been interviewed by CNN’s Brook Baldwin and Canada’s CTV News Channel, the country’s largest private broadcaster.

The CNN interview can be seen here. The CTV News interview can be found here.

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Professor of Law Tanya Marsh

Professor Tanya Marsh publishes “Reforming the Regulation of Community Banks After Dodd-Frank” in the Indiana Law Journal

A recent article by Professor Tanya Marsh, “Reforming the Regulation of Community Banks After Dodd-Frank,” was published in the Indiana Law Journal, Volume 90, Issue 1 of 2015. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons to address police misconduct at Duke Law School on Saturday, Feb.14

Wake Forest Law Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the Criminal Justice Program, will participate in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Duke University School of Law as part of its “Teach-In: Policing, Civil Rights, and Race.” Continue reading »