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Criminal Justice Program and I&J Clinic to host film screening, panel discussion of ‘Evolution of a Criminal’ on Wednesday, Nov. 19

In conjunction with the Riverrun Film Festival, the Criminal Justice Program and the Innocence and Justice Clinic will host a screening of the film “Evolution of a Criminal,” by Darius Clark Monroe, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1302. A panel discussion led by Professors Kami Simmons and Mark Rabil as well as exoneree Darryl Hunt will follow.

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Innocence & Justice Clinic co-sponsors ‘Last Chance for Justice’ author T.K. Thorne on Monday, Nov. 3

Author T.K. Thorne will discuss her book, “Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers,” at noon on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.
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Former Innocence and Justice Clinic students return to present defense in Winston-Salem murder case

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil, director of the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, says this story in the Winston-Salem Journal showcases the clinic’s work and the fact that the outcome is not always as important as the process. Continue reading »

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Professor Kami Chavis Simmons named director of Wake Forest Law’s new Criminal Justice Program

This fall, Wake Forest Law is introducing its Criminal Justice Program, which is designed to facilitate critical thinking and scholarly engagement surrounding criminal justice systems in the United States.

The Criminal Justice Program offers students interested in criminal justice an opportunity to engage in theoretical and practical dialogue about these issues to enhance their doctrinal classroom experiences.

“The Program will publicize the scholarship, advocacy efforts and policy work of people within and outside the legal academy on a variety of criminal justice topics,” says Executive Dean for Academic Affairs Ron Wright. “We believe this will enrich the student experience at Wake Forest Law.”

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Professor Mark Rabil’s work as a capital defender featured in Virginia Quarterly Review

On Dec. 16, 2007, Jennifer Vincek was pulling another overnight shift at the Shell Food Mart in downtown Statesville, North Carolina, when Jeffrey Peck, a regular at the store, stopped in for coffee and the morning paper. As usual, Vincek was alone, so she and Peck sat together and talked through the final flickers of night. She had three young children at home. Peck had five young grandkids. With Christmas just a week away and an unusual weather pattern sweeping across the East Coast, it isn’t difficult to imagine what they might have discussed. Eventually a customer wearing a green parka walked in, a nineteen-year-old named Andrew Ramseur. The store’s surveillance camera picked him up as he walked straight to the bathroom, and  then again thirty seconds later as he made his way toward the front of the store. By then Vincek had returned to the counter. She pointed him toward the bread display, where he picked up a loaf and placed it between them at the register.  Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil to present ‘Forensic Pathology’ for CLE credit as part of UNC series on Thursday, Oct. 23

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil, along with Dr. Christena Roberts, will present, “Forensic Pathology: Conducting a Death Examination,” at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Government on Thursday, Oct. 23.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available for North Carolina attorneys who attend this program.

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Innocence & Justice Clinic’s Darryl Hunt reflects on serving 19 years in prison for crime he didn’t commit

Darryl Hunt has been a free man for a little more than 10 years now, but he remains guarded. These days, Hunt works with the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law. Through the clinic, he goes to Experiment for Self-Reliance to help people get their criminal records expunged, does public speaking and talks to law students about his case. Continue reading »

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Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil and Darryl Hunt to speak at Arizona Public Defenders Association annual conference on June 26

The Arizona Public Defenders Association (APDA) has invited Wake Forest Law  Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil and exoneree Darryl Hunt to speak at its annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday, June 26. Rabil is an assistant capital defender in Forsyth County whose zealous advocacy led to the release and exoneration of Hunt after 19 years of incarceration. Continue reading »

Professors Mark Rabil and Luellen Curry to discuss ‘The New Jim Crow’ at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Saturday, June 14

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

Civil rights attorney Michelle Alexander compares the mass imprisonment of black men today to the social repression of the earlier “Jim Crow” era in her book, The New Jim Crow. Continue reading »

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Attend free ‘Evening with Darryl Hunt and Mark Rabil’ on Thursday, May 29, at Hickory Community Theater

The Hickory Community Theater and The N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and The Episcopal Church of the Ascension present “An Evening with Darryl Hunt and Mark Rabil” on Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at SALT Block Auditorium located at 243 Third Ave. NE, Hickory, N.C. with FREE admission.  Mark Rabil is the Director, Wake Forest Innocence & Justice Clinic and Associate Professor of Law. In 1984, a young newspaper reporter, Deborah Sykes, was brutally raped and murdered blocks from where she worked in Winston-Salem, N.C. Though no credible evidence linked Darryl Hunt to the murder, he would spend 20 years in prison trying to prove his innocence. He and his attorney, Mark Rabil, the man who never gave up on proving his innocence, now speak across the country about Darryl’s ordeal, to illuminate the issues of wrongful conviction, race and the death penalty.

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