Mark Rabil

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 »

Innocence and Justice Director Mark Rabil weighs in on potential Racial Justice Act repeal

Given Republican lawmakers’ push to resume executions in North Carolina, death-row inmates may soon face the reality that arguments of racial prejudice will no longer spare them the ultimate punishment, or will they? Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law host Dallas’ first black DA as he discusses his crime fighting experiences

Craig Wakins made history in 2006 when he became the first African American in Texas history to be elected as a District Attorney. Continue reading »

Co-founder of Innocence Project Barry Scheck to speak to students, alumni at Charlotte Center on Wednesday, April 17

CHARLOTTE — The Wake Forest University School of Law will host Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the national Innocence Project, at a reception beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the WFU Charlotte Center. Scheck will speak to students, faculty and alumni about the latest developments in the “innocence movement” followed by a question-and-answer session. Continue reading »

First black district attorney in Texas speaks to Wake Forest Law students

As the first black District Attorney in Texas, Craig Watkins doesn’t shy away from race; he confronts it. And he said that’s because of his experience growing up black in Dallas.

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