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SCOTUSblog article on Professor Korzen arguing in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger in U.S. Supreme Court

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 »

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

Professor Harold Lloyd writes about the Affordable Care Act in The Huffington Post blog

A friend left me a note last night: “My life has been crazy–But with God’s help it will get better.” I’ll come back to my friend. Let me first turn to another quote that drives many Americans crazy and as a result is endangering the life of my friend:

“Every American regardless of his means must have access to reasonable health care. In the absence of a single-payer system, every American regardless of his means must purchase health insurance in the marketplace to guarantee such access.” Continue reading »

Professor Abigail Perdue

Professor Abigail Perdue writes in The Huffington Post blog about animal cruelty legislation

On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. The law’s enactment was a victory for animal welfare advocates and comports with other measures that Congress and state legislatures have recently taken to prevent animal cruelty. For example, animal fighting took center stage when reports surfaced regarding the alleged involvement of NFL free agent, Michael Vick, in an illegal dogfighting ring. Dogfighting is a felony in every state. Some states even punish possession of a fighting dog or attending a fight. Federal law provides for felony penalties arising from the interstate commerce, import, and export relating to commerce in fighting animals and paraphernalia. Several states also prohibit encouraging, enticing, assisting, or causing another person to perform any illegal activity related to dogfighting. Continue reading »

Professor Sidney Shapiro

Professor Sidney Shapiro quoted in Bloomberg BNA on proposed silica rule hearings

University Chair in Law Professor Sidney Shapiro was quoted in an  issue of the Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter article, “Hearings on Proposed Silica Rule Start March 18; Stakeholders Can Cross-Examine,” in the issue published on March 13, 2014. Shapiro was quoted regarding cross-examination of hearing participants during the three weeks of public hearings on the recently proposed OSHA silica rule. Continue reading »

Professor Abigail Perdue

Professor Abigail Perdue writes in The Huffington Post blog about treatment of women in sports, the NFL and Richard Sherman’s critique

The NFL’s contemplation of an automatic 15-yard penalty for players’ use of the N-word on the field has provoked a firestorm of controversy. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman added fuel to that fire when he called the proposed ban an “atrocious idea” that is “almost racist” to the extent it singles out the N-word. Noticeably, Sherman didn’t criticize the ban as being “almost sexist” if it prohibits the N-word but condones sex-based slurs. Yet to penalize use of the N-word while permitting use of sex-based slurs could marginalize female fans by effectively designating them as the second-class citizens of sports. Such disparate treatment of fans based solely on their sex seemingly contravenes the very spirit of the proposed rule — to promote tolerance, equality, and sensitivity. To be truly effective, the proposed ban, if adopted, should encourage respect for all players and all fans, including the oft-forgotten female fan base. Continue reading »

Dean Blake Morant and Twana Wellman-Roebuck have been selected to receive top honors at The Chronicle’s 29th Annual Community Service Awards Gala. Photo courtesy of The Chronicle.

Dean Blake Morant to be honored with 29th Annual Community Service Award by The Chronicle of Winston-Salem on March 22

Wake Forest School of Law Dean Blake Morant and Twana Wellman-Roebuck, the executive director of the nonprofit the Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR), have been selected to receive top honors at The Chronicle of Winston-Salem’s 29th Annual Community Service Awards Gala. 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 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 »