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Professor Kami Chavis discusses gun violence at National Forum of Black Public Administrators

Wake Forest University Associate Provost Kami Chavis, professor of law and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, participated in a panel discussion at the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. The panel and roundtable at the event, which continued through April 22, were focused on strategies to reduce gun violence. Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for week of April 6, 2018

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of April 6, 2018:

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Professor Kami Chavis joins panel discussion at police misconduct symposium April 4

Professor Kami Chavis, associate provost for academic initiatives and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, will discuss the future roles of the federal government in police reform at the University of Illinois College of Law symposium, “Federal Responses to Police Misconduct: Possibilities and Limits.” The events starts at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in the Max. L. Rowe Auditorium.

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Media Roundup for the week of Jan. 19, 2018

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Jan. 19, 2018: Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for the week of Jan. 12, 2018

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Jan. 12, 2018: Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for the week of Sept. 29, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Sept. 29, 2017: Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for the week of Sept. 22, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Sept. 22, 2017: Continue reading »

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Associate Provost Kami Chavis to speak at Congressional Black Caucus Annual Policy Conference on Sept. 22

Associate Provost and Professor Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program, will speak on a panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Policy Conference on Friday, Sept. 22.  The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Program co-sponsor ‘Re-Thinking Drug Policy’ symposium on Monday, Oct. 2

The Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Criminal Justice Program are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Re-Thinking Drug Policy: Seeking Solutions Based on Law, Science and Public Health,” with the Rethinking Community Program, the Office of the Provost, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Engagement Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction and Clinical and Translational Science Institute from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine St., 5th Floor Tiered Classroom, in downtown Winston-Salem.

The event, which is also sponsored by Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), is free and open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with “International Wrongful Conviction Day.”

Three hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits (one hour of substance abuse, two hours of general) have been approved by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) for a fee. 

 

After four decades, policy analysts across the political spectrum have come to recognize that the War on Drugs is both ineffective and counterproductive. The “tough on crime” policies have led to massive increases in incarceration and have served to nurture, rather than dismantle, drug cartels. The use of mandatory minimums aimed at targeting traffickers, has instead led to essentially criminalizing addiction, throwing low level addicts into prison and only exacerbating mental health conditions. The utter failure of the War on Drugs is showcased in the current public health epidemic presented by the opioid crisis. Across the country, opioid abuse and overdose related deaths are rapidly rising to unprecedented rates. This symposium will provide context for the history of what led to this current state, consider solutions that incorporate not only the medical and scientific concerns related to addiction and over prescription, but also the criminal justice responses that have bloated our prisons and devastated families and communities across the country.

The event will be streamed live online, as well as available in two video sessions for viewing later.  Using Google Chrome is recommended.

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Media Roundup for July 7, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of July 7, 2017:

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