Innocence & Justice Clinic

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Visiting Professor Gordon Widenhouse (JD ’81), attorney in famed Jeffrey MacDonald case, to speak Oct. 25 in Worrell Professional Center

Visiting Professor Gordon Widenhouse (JD ’81) will speak to Wake Forest Law about the Jeffrey MacDonald case on Wednesday, Oct. 25.  In the pending 4th Circuit case, Professor Widenhouse is one of the attorneys for MacDonald, who has applied for parole as he serves three life sentences for the 1970 murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters.
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Judge orders mental competency evaluation in Innocence and Justice Clinic capital murder case

A Forsyth County judge has rejected a guilty plea in a capital case Innocence and Justice Clinic students have been working on for the past two years due to concerns about mental competency of a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2014.

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Winston-Salem Journal reports Professor Mark Rabil has filed appeal to overturn 1994 conviction of John Robert Hayes

Professor Mark Rabil, director of Wake Forest Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, was quoted in the Winston-Salem Journal article, “Winston-Salem man appeals conviction in ’93 fatal shootings,” published by Michael Hewlett on July 16, 2016.

The article follows recent developments in the 1994 conviction of John Robert Hayes, Professor Rabil’s client.  Last Tuesday, Professor Rabil filed a petition with the N.C. Court of Appeals to overturn Hayes’ conviction and grant Hayes a new trial.  The original article follows.

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Professors Kami Chavis Simmons and Mark Rabil to speak on ‘Peace Officer’ film panel on Wednesday, May 11, at Salem College

Professors Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, and Mark Rabil, director of the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, will speak on a panel at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at Salem College’s Huber Theatre following the free screening of the film, “Peace Officer.”

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Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), Professor Omari Simmons and Innocence and Justice Clinic earn Winston-Salem Chronicle’s Community Service Awards

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), Professor Omari Simmons and the Innocence and Justice Clinic, led by Professor Mark Rabil, were honored at the Winston-Salem Chronicle’s 31st Annual Community Service Awards Gala on April 23, 2016.

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Professor Mark Rabil tells Winston-Salem Journal Darryl Hunt inspired him, many others

Professor Mark Rabil was quoted in the following article, “Hunt vigil displays his role in community unity,” published originally in the Winston-Salem Journal on March 14, 2016.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic director shares thoughts on ‘Making a Murderer’ documentary with WXII

Professor Mark Rabil, the director of Wake Forest Law’s Innocence Clinic, said he started teaching the Steven Avery murder case years before the “Making a Murderer” documentary came out. He shares his thoughts on what the popular series shows with WXII’s Briana Conner. Watch the video here. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law named among best law schools for practical training

The National Jurist named Wake Forest Law as one of the best law schools for practical training in February 2015. The grading was based on the number of students who participated in the law school’s growing hands-on learning opportunities including clinics and externships. Clinic students had myriad chances to do just that over the past year from arguing and winning a federal appeal to delivering more than $1,000,000 in value to business and community development in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, area and beyond. At least two clinics secured significant grants to help area children and senior citizens this academic year. Alumni who are interested in working with the clinics, should contact Professor Steve Virgil, who is executive director of experiential education, at virgilsm@wfu.edu or 336.758.4280. Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil says new CDPL study highlights increased N.C. taxpayer cost when state pursues death penalty

DURHAM ― Death penalty advocates say executions are needed to punish a small handful of the “worst of the worst” criminals. However, a new report from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) finds that the death penalty in North Carolina is being used broadly and indiscriminately, with little regard for the strength of the evidence against defendants ― and putting innocent people at risk of being sentenced to die. See the full report here: http://www.cdpl.org/wrongfulprosecutions and watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/130797227 Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil to speak on ‘Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System’ symposium panel Thursday, March 19

Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, will participate in a faculty panel discussion as part of the faculty-student symposium, “Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System,” and opening for the art exhibit “Release: From Stigma to Acceptance” on Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 2015, to be held at ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404, on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. The symposium is being held by The Humanities Institute of Wake Forest University.

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