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Media Roundup for the week of May 4, 2018

Wake Forest School of Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of May 4, 2018:  Continue reading »

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Innocence and Justice Clinic students’ work featured on ‘Undisclosed’ podcast

The most recent episodes of the popular podcast,  ”Undisclosed,” focus on a case that involves the investigative work of Wake Forest University undergraduate and graduate students. On April 23, 2018, the podcast team began airing episodes about Chinquapin, North Carolina, resident Pam Lanier, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering her husband, Dorian, in largely due to an odd rule of evidence known as the Doctrine of Chances.

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Media Roundup for the week of April 20, 2018

Wake Forest School of Law faculty, students, and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of April 20, 2018: Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil featured in new RiverRun movie ‘In Pursuit of Justice’

Professor Mark Rabil,  director of Wake Forest School of Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, is featured in a new movie, “In Pursuit of Justice,” which is playing as part of Winston-Salem’s anual RiverRun Film Festival and will be shown at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at SECCA and 4 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at Hanesbrand Theatre. In the film, Gregg Jamback tells the story of Greg Taylor, a Raleigh man who wrongfully spent 17 years in prison for murder before he was exonerated in 2010.

“I’d say this is an eye-opening film for people in this state, to find out how the criminal justice system can go wrong, and then, with the right attorneys and the new procedures of the Innocence Commission, can go right,” Rabil says. “The Innocence Commission, and the reforms discussed in this film, are part of the legacy of Darryl Hunt, and for him, for us, I’m proud.  I will definitely use this film in teaching my Innocence and Justice class in the years to come.”

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Jordan Crosby Lee (JD ’16) joins Office of Career and Professional Development as assistant director

Jordan Crosby Lee (JD ’16) joined Wake Forest University School of Law’s Office of Career and Professional Development as assistant director on Feb. 5, 2018.

“We’re thrilled to have Jordan as part of the team,” said Office of Career and Professional Development Assistant Dean Francie Scott (JD ‘04), who says the law school is lucky to have been able to lure Lee back.

“His passion for helping students, his dedication to teaching and mentoring and his enthusiasm for this job, in addition to his love for Wake Forest, are unmatched and will serve him well in this position,” Scott explained. Continue reading »

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Media Roundup for the week of Dec. 1, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Dec. 1 2017:

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VALOR to celebrate Veterans Awareness Week Nov. 7-9 with panel discussion, Marine Corps cake cutting ceremony

The Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR) will sponsor a number of events at the law school to celebrate Veterans Awareness Week from Nov. 7-9, 2017. The events will include a panel discussion and a Marine Corps cake cutting ceremony.

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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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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 14, 2017

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research revealsWake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of July 14, 2017: Continue reading »