VALOR to celebrate Veterans Awareness Week Nov. 7-9 with panel discussion, Marine Corps cake cutting ceremony
October 26th, 2017 | Campus | Comments Off
October 26th, 2017 | Campus | Comments Off
October 24th, 2017 | Student Life | Comments Off
August 16th, 2017 | Community | Comments Off
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.”
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.
July 14th, 2017 | Research | Comments Off
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 »
May 8th, 2017 | Student Life | Comments Off
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Kimberly Stevens (JD ’92) once worked for six months without much success to establish a rapport with a man accused of murder. One day she asked him to describe his earliest memory.
“He told me about being shut inside a garbage can with the lid on and hearing the garbage truck coming to get him,” she said. “I asked him how old he was. He said three.”
April 7th, 2017 | Student Life | Comments Off
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.
January 24th, 2017 | Student Life | Comments Off
The Student Bar Association (SBA), the student government body of Wake Forest Law, will highlight resources for practicing self-care through its inaugural Wellness Week beginning Feb. 6-10, 2017, by addressing a different facets of mental health and well-being each day from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Law Commons and beyond.
January 2nd, 2017 | Research | Comments Off
Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Program, is featured in the following story, “For Asheville attorney, a life’s work fighting the death penalty,” about Adjunct Professor Kimberly C. Stevens (JD ’92), written by Tonya Maxwell of the Asheville Citizen-Times, which was also published in USA Today on Jan. 2, 2017. An excerpt of the original story follows:
November 17th, 2016 | Research | Comments Off
Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal article, “Winston-Salem man claiming wrongful conviction in murders is too late in filing federal appeal, Attorney General’s Office says,” published by Michael Hewlett on Nov. 15, 2016. The article discusses the latest in the case of Professor Rabil’s client, John Robert Hayes. A portion of the article follows.