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Assistant Professor Andrew Verstein

Professor Andrew Verstein enjoys helping students and the public clarify complicated concepts

When Professor Andrew Verstein took contract law classes at Yale Law School, he didn’t expect to discover his passion for the subject he now teaches, and characterizes, as ”vitally exciting.”

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Professor Michael Curtis

Professor Michael Curtis writes in The Huffington Post blog about North Carolina using race to disrupt multiracial political coalitions

History repeats itself, but thankfully, not exactly. Still, we have a distressing degree of repetition in North Carolina. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox presents mapping project to U.N. Human Rights Council on human rights obligations relating to the environment

This morning the Council held a clustered interactive dialogue with Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, John Knox, and with the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, Cephas Lumina.  Continue reading »

Professor Mark Rabil (right) particpates on panel on Thursday, March 6, organized by the student-run UNC Death Penalty Project.

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil speaks at UNC Death Penalty Project event

The law students sat quietly as capital defense attorney and Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil described the experience of watching one of his clients be executed. Covered in a sheet with IVs trailing from his arms, the man looked around at the roomful of people who would watch him die. His eyes rested on Rabil’s as he mouthed the word “No.” And then Rabil watched as the man he had spent years trying to save from the execution chamber turned blue and died. Continue reading »

Professor Abigail Perdue

Professor Abigail Perdue writes in The Huffington Post blog about racially charged language in the NFL

The NFL may soon begin imposing an automatic 15-yard penalty for use of the N-word on the field and ejection from the game for subsequent infractions. The proposed penalty comes in response to concerns raised by the recent Miami Dolphins scandal and other disturbing incidents involving racially charged language directed at referees and other players. A very real concern is that one of the microphones on the field could inadvertently broadcast on-field slurs, and every fan watching, not just the target of the slur, could be subjected to and possibly injured by it, including child fans. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox to present findings to U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, March 10

Professor John Knox, U.N. Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, will present his annual report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, March 10.

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Professor Sidney Shapiro

Professor Sidney Shapiro quoted in Bloomberg BNA

University Chair in Law Professor Sidney Shapiro was recently quoted in the Feb. 27th issue of the Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter article, “Chamber Unleashes Barrage of Comments Critical of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule.”  Shapiro was quoted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s criticism of the recently proposed OSHA silica rule. Continue reading »

Professor Michael Curtis cited in article “When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia”

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

– Judge Leon M. Bazile, January 6, 1959

The most remarkable thing about Arizona’s “License To Discriminate” bill is how quickly it became anathema, even among Republicans. Both 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called upon Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto this effort to protect businesses that want to discriminate against gay people. So did Arizona’s other senator, Jeff Flake. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Indeed, three state senators who voted for this very bill urged Brewer to veto it before she finally did so on Wednesday, confessing that they “made a mistake” when they voted for it to become law.

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Ken Lalime of HealthyCT, a new nonprofit cooperative in Connecticut, which has signed up just 1,700 customers. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Professor Mark Hall tells New York Times some small non-profit health insurance co-ops will fail

The rented offices of HealthyCT, a new insurer in Connecticut, bustle with the energy of a start-up. The sales force takes pride in noting that HealthyCT is a truly local outfit, governed by members, rather than a for-profit behemoth like Anthem, the state’s dominant insurer whose offices are a 10-minute drive away. Continue reading »

Gregory Parks

Professor Gregory Parks writes in The Huffington Post blog about race and politics

“I want to tell you a story. I’m going to ask you all to close your eyes while I tell you the story. … This is a story about a little girl walking home from the grocery store one sunny afternoon. … Can you see her? Her raped, beaten, broken body soaked in their urine, soaked in their semen, soaked in her blood, left to die. Can you see her? I want you to picture that little girl. Now imagine she’s white.” Continue reading »