Innocence and Justice Clinic

Wake Forest law alumnus and former top FBI official to release 16-month independent review of Silk Plant Forest case on May 29

Former FBI Assistant Director Christopher Swecker (’81) has completed a 16-month independent review of the Silk Plant Forest case, which he will release at a news conference at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Rabil addresses impact of Racial Justice Act ruling

A Cumberland County judge’s ruling Friday that racial bias played a role in landing a black man on death row is one of the most important decisions made about race and the death penalty, according to a Winston-Salem lawyer who handles death penalty cases. Continue reading »

Cable TV show exploring the Darryl Hunt case features Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil

In 1984, the murder of Deborah Sykes shocked Winston-Salem. She was a 26-year-old copy editor at The Sentinel, then the city’s afternoon newspaper. She was on her way to work on the morning of Aug. 10, 1984, when she was raped and stabbed. Continue reading »

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Professor Carol Anderson to lecture on Opening Statements at Federal Public Defender’s Conference on Friday, April 6

Professor Carol Anderson, an award-winning teacher and scholar who specializes in litigation and trial advocacy, will present a lecture on “How to Persuade Jurors in Opening Statements and Beyond” at the annual Federal Criminal Practice Seminar hosted by the Federal Public Defenders Office in Asheville on Friday, April 6.

Wake Forest law alumni honored by ACLU of North Carolina

Two alumni of the Wake Forest University School of Law are the recipients of awards from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. Robert “Hoppy” Elliott (’77) has been named the 2012 winner of the Frank Porter Award and Kristin Parks (’95) won the Paul Green Award. Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Winter 2012

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

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Nobel winner, DNA exoneree meet

Darryl Hunt had always wanted to meet Nobel Prize-winning scientist Kary Mullis. Continue reading »

Criminal defense lawyers plead their case

Working as a criminal defense attorney is some of the most interesting work you’ll ever do, a panel of lawyers recently told Wake Forest University School of Law students. But it can wreak havoc with your personal life and require you to confront the shades of gray in the human character.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil quoted in Associated Press story regarding N.C. Innocence Commission

RALEIGH (AP) — Fifteen hours after Troy Davis was executed, two men walked out of a North Carolina prison after being exonerated of a murder they had pleaded guilty to committing more than 10 years ago.N.C. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic director, students react to Troy Davis execution

Twenty years ago, in 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of killing a police officer in Savannah, Ga. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, the Georgia board of pardons denied a bid to delay his execution, and state officials scheduled his death for the following day at 7 p.m. Continue reading »