Mark Rabil

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 »

Photo of Mark Rabin and Darryl Hunt

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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Photo of Professor Mark Rabil and two others particpating in a panel on Thursday, March 6, organized by the student-run UNC Death Penalty Project.

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil speaks at UNC Death Penalty Project event

The law students sat quietly as capital defense attorney and Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil described the experience of watching one of his clients be executed. Covered in a sheet with IVs trailing from his arms, the man looked around at the roomful of people who would watch him die. His eyes rested on Rabil’s as he mouthed the word “No.” And then Rabil watched as the man he had spent years trying to save from the execution chamber turned blue and died. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic sponsors roundtable on Silk Plant Forest Case on Wednesday, Feb. 19

The Innocence and Justice Clinic is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on the Silk Plant Forest beating case at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1109 . Members of the Wake Forest Law community are encouraged to attend.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic links theory with practice

Students at Wake Forest Law often enjoy the link between theory and practice when they enroll in any of six clinics. Seldom do students get so hooked on a case that they return to work for free – and get to read about their clients in the newspaper. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil enjoys helping train next generation of prosecutors

Mark Rabil spent 20 years working for the release and exoneration of Darryl Hunt, a young black man who was convicted of the rape and murder of a white female newspaper editor. For Rabil, who was an assistant capital defender from 2003 to 2012, the case has shaped his career.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil and exoneree Darryl Hunt make a presentation to IB Conference

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil and exoneree Darryl Hunt will make a presentation about the Wake Forest Innocence Project from 3 to 5:30 p.m today in the Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall as part of this week’s International Baccalaureate World Student Conference on campus. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil tells Reuters repeal of Racial Justice Act violates due process

(Reuters) – North Carolina’s governor, hoping to resume executions in his state, on Wednesday signed the repeal of a law that has allowed death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence if they could prove racial bias affected their punishment. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Rabil quoted by Associated Press regarding Racial Justice Act vote

RALEIGH, N.C. – A state House panel endorsed a bill Wednesday that repeals a procedure for condemned inmates to challenge death sentences on racial grounds, sending the measure to the full House for final passage.

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Wake Forest Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil reacts to Racial Justice Act Repeal going to N.C. House floor for a vote

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil says if the North Carolina Legislature is successful in its attempted repeal of the 2009 Racial Justice Act, it will not end the litigation. Continue reading »