May 8th, 2017 | Student Life | Comments Off
Kimberly Stevens (JD ’92) uses lessons learned at Wake Forest Law to defend high-profile, federal capital cases
May 5th, 2017 | Alumni | Comments Off
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:
Professor Mark Rabil tells Winston-Salem Journal his client is innocent, date petition filed is irrelevant
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.
Professor Mark Rabil and Innocence and Justice Clinic featured in Record & Landmark article chronicling Norman Satterfield’s wrongful conviction
September 6th, 2016 | Research | Comments Off
The Innocence and Justice Clinic and Director Professor Mark Rabil was featured in the Statesville Record & Landmark article, “‘MY OWN HELL’: 37 years after rape, victim’s life remains forever changed and a prisoner maintains his innocence,” published by Robert E. Lee on Sept. 4, 2016.
The articles chronicles the wrongful conviction of Norman Satterfield of Statesville, N.C. Statterfield was sentenced to life in prison in 1979 for rape and burglary charges. In 2012, the Innocence and Justice Clinic took his case. Satterfield was expected to be released this past spring. Instead, his sentence was reduced due to an overlooked common robbery conviction.
The first section of the article follows.
Despite Professor Mark Rabil’s petition, prosecutors deny allegations of suppressing evidence in Winston-Salem murder case
August 19th, 2016 | Research | Comments Off
Winston-Salem Journal reporter Michael Hewlett writes that Forsyth County prosecutors didn’t withhold evidence in the John Robert Hayes despite a petition Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, filed in July with the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The original story, “Prosecutors deny allegations of suppressing evidence in Winston-Salem murder case,” follows.
Professor Mark Rabil featured in new MTV docu-series, ‘Unlocking the Truth,’ set to premiere Wednesday, Aug. 17
August 9th, 2016 | Research | Comments Off
Professor Mark Rabil, director of the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, is featured in MTV’s new documentary series, “Unlocking the Truth,” which premieres at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The series, hosted by wrongful conviction exoneree Ryan Ferguson and the Exoneration Project’s Eva Nagao, examines three controversial murder or assault cases. The trailer is available here. Professor Rabil is associated with Winston-Salem native Kalvin Michael Smith’s case, which will be introduced at the end of Episode 1 and investigated fully in Episode 2. His interview was filmed in the Innocence and Justice Clinic offices in the Worrell Professional Center on Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Campus.
Winston-Salem Journal reports Professor Mark Rabil has filed appeal to overturn 1994 conviction of John Robert Hayes
July 18th, 2016 | Research | Comments Off
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.