Kami Chavis

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No longer a minority, Wake Forest Law’s long history of strong women leaders influence current students

In 1966, Rhoda Billings graduated first in her class from Wake Forest University School of Law. She was the only woman.

The year Billings enrolled in law school — 1963 — was also the year the American Bar Association (ABA) first began recording data on gender and law school enrollment. Fifty years after Billing’s graduation, women make up the majority of students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools.

But Billings (JD ’66) is just one remarkable woman in a long line of strong women leaders at Wake Forest Law.

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Professor Kami Chavis to discuss disparities in policing at Convening of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, will be among the presenters on Feb. 6, 2017, at the Convening of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Professor Kami Chavis quoted in Time magazine about President Trump’s threat to ‘send in the feds’ to Chicago

Professor Kami Chavis is quoted in the following story, “What President Trump’s Threat to ‘Send in the Feds’ Could Mean for Chicago,” written by Josh Sanburn and published in Time magazine on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

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Six Wake Forest Law professors join 1,400 nationally opposed to Jeff Sessions as attorney general

Six Wake Forest Law professors — Kami Chavis, Luellen Curry, Miriam Felsenburg, Michael Green, Christopher Knott and Simone Rose — are among those represented in the following article, “NC law professors join 1,400 nationally opposed to Jeff Sessions as attorney general,” written by Anne Blythe and published on by the Raleigh News and Observer on Jan. 9, 2017.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses police accountability in Walter Scott shooting mistrial with Christian Science Monitor

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor story, “Mistrial in Walter Scott police shooting sends strong message,” published by Henry Gass on Dec. 6, 2016.  In the excerpt that follows, Chavis discusses police accountability.

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Professor Kami Chavis joins national panel discussion on the future of law and order

Professor Kami Chavis participated in the panel discussion, “Law and Order Circa 2050: Will Technology Make Crime Obsolete?,” regarding the future of police crime-fighting technologies at an event on Nov. 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.

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Professor Kami Chavis to discuss what law and order will look like in 2050 in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 30

Professor Kami Chavis is scheduled to participate in a Future Tense event on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Washington, D.C., to consider how new crime-fighting technologies should be deployed to prevent crime, protect our rights, etc., in the future. Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University. The event will be live webcast and can be watched on the New America website. The following article originally appeared on Slate magazine’s website here. The article also appeared on New America’s website here.

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Professor Kami Chavis quoted in American Prospect magazine article: ‘Race and the Tragedy of Quota-Based Policing’

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, is quoted in Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine article,  “Race and the Tragedy of Quota-Based Policing,” written by Shaun Ossei-Owusu.

Following is an excerpt of the original article published online on Nov. 3, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis tells Wall Street Journal video in police officer trial over Walter Scott’s death is ‘pretty damning’

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, is quoted in the article, “Trial Over Walter Scott’s Death Revives Police-Shootings Debate,” co-written by Cameron McWhirter and Scott Calvert of The Wall Street Journal. This article was originally published Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis featured as expert in WalletHub article about N.C.’s new body camera law

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program and associate dean for research and public engagement, was featured as an expert in the following WalletHub article, “Should Police Wear Body Cameras? Experts Pick Sides,” published on Oct. 5, 2016.  The article discusses North Carolina’s new body camera law with respect to recent high-profile shootings in Baton Rouge, Cleveland, Ferguson, Tulsa and more.

North Carolina’s new body camera law, which requires a court order for footage to be released, went into effect on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.  The law has sparked controversy, as many accuse the law of making policing less transparent.

Professor Kami Chavis is featured with other professors, program directors and experts in the field.  Her feature follows.

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