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Longtime media attorney, First Amendment expert Jonathan Buchan to give Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 14

Jonathan Buchan of Essex Richards P.A. will give the Wake Forest University annual Constitution Day lecture at noon on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law, the longtime media lawyer and business litigator has represented The Charlotte Observer and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He will address, “Free Speech Under Siege: The Importance of Freedom of the Press in a Free Society.” The event, which includes a light lunch, is open to all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff.

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American Constitution Society (ACS) members attend ACS Student Convention at Duke Law

Members of the Wake Forest Law American Constitution Society (ACS) student chapter attended the 2017 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Student Convention, March 31-April 1, 2017, at Duke Law. The convention was titled, “Call to Action: Solidarity in the States.”

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Professor Kami Chavis participates in March 9 national symposium on policing in Washington, D.C.

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, will participate in the “ACS National Event: Symposium on Policing in a New Political Era” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event will be available via Livestreaming  on the American Constitution Society’s website.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses relationship between citizens and police in light of recent shootings on American Constitution Society’s blog

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program and associate dean for research and public engagement, is quoted in the following article, “Seeking Alternatives to the Deadly Use of Force,” published on American Constitution Society’s blog on Sept. 27, 2016.

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‘Beyond Ferguson – Criminal Justice Reform for the 21st Century’ to feature discussion by police, prosecutors on Wednesday, Oct. 28

The Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program and the American Constitution Society will co-host, “Beyond Ferguson – Criminal Justice Reform for the 21st Century,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Scheduled speakers include Walter Holton (JD ’84), former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, Winston-Salem Police Department Capt. Natoshia James and Wake Forest Law Professors Mark Rabil and Kami Chavis Simmons, who is the director of the Criminal Justice Program. Continue reading »

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Elizabeth Goodwin (’08) joins Wake Forest Law as inaugural Employer Relations Coordinator

One of Elizabeth Goodwin’s favorite memories of her time at Wake Forest Law is of the regular Friday night poker games she and her friends used to play. Not because she won a lot of money. In fact, she claims she was a lousy poker player. It’s because of the relationships those games allowed her to build. Continue reading »

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“Know Your Rights!” panel discussion about constitutional rights when interacting with police to be held on Thursday, Nov. 13

“Know Your Rights!” is a panel discussion and question and answer session with three local attorneys on the topic of constitutional rights when interacting with police. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center.  Open to all students, the event is hosted by The Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program, American Constitution Society and Black Law Students Association. The panel will be moderated by Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Professor Kami Chavis Simmons. Continue reading »

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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 »

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Professor Michael Curtis to present ‘Race as a Political Weapon’ regarding racial gerrymandering on Wednesday, Feb. 5

Professor Michael Curtis will present “Race as a Political Weapon”  regarding racial gerrymandering in North Carolina at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1302.

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Professor Wendy Parker to present ‘Rethinking Race in University Admissions’ on Constitution Day

A U.S. Supreme Court case that could change the way universities consider race in the admission process will be the focus of a talk by Wake Forest Law Professor Wendy Parker at noon on Monday, Sept. 17, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. Continue reading »