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Media Roundup for April 14, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of April 14, 2017:

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Professor Ron Wright’s ‘Jury Sunshine Project’ featured on NPR podcast

Professor Ron Wright, the Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law, has been interviewing prosecutors across North Carolina as part of his research regarding jury selection known as the “Jury Sunshine Project.” His research will generate a database — the first of its kind — of jury selection outcomes in felony trials in all 100 counties of North Carolina.

Professor Wright’s research was most recently featured on the April 11, 2017, episode of 90.5 WESA’s “Criminal (IN)Justice Podcast, Episode 45, University of Pittsburgh law professor and show host David Harris.

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‘Conversation With’ speaker Thomas W. Ross advises students to be flexible, become leaders

Wake Forest Law’s “Conversation With” committee welcomed former University of North Carolina and Davidson College President Thomas W. Ross on March 22, 2017,  to the Worrell Professional Center. Professor Ron Wright led the conversation with Ross.

“There is no lawyer I’d rather put in front of you than Tom Ross,” Dean Suzanne Reynolds (‘77) said during her introduction. “Today, you’ll see two principles: be guided by your principles to do that best you can do and as you gain experience, take on bigger challenges.”

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Professor Ron Wright helps explain Michael Flynn’s immunity request

Professor Ron Wright is quoted in the following story, “Michael Flynn’s immunity request, explained,” written by Zach Beauchamp and published by Vox on March 31, 2017. An excerpt follows:

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Professor Ron Wright co-authors Seattle Times op/ed about changing role of prosecutors in addressing criminal justice reform

The following op/ed titled, “Prosecutors must learn to listen to critics and communities,” co-written by Professor Ron Wright and Dan Satterberg, King County, Washington, prosecutor, was originally published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 26, 2016.

THE Pew Research Center recently published a poll that revealed a deep racial divide in America when it comes to public confidence in police and the criminal-justice system. Three out of four white poll respondents said that the police were doing a good or excellent job and treated all ethnic groups equally. Only one in three African Americans held that same view.

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Juvenile Law Externship provides students with real, practical client experience

For a lawyer, says Erica Oates (BA ’14, JD ’17), talking to young people about criminal statutes and the burden of proof can be difficult.

It can be arduous, challenging.

“I learned that if I can get a kid to understand that, I can probably get an adult to understand it in a criminal or civil context.”

It can be rewarding, too.

Communicating with clients. A seemingly simple idea that, when wrapped in details and esoteric laws, can present myriad problems and complexities.

Offering students practical experience in communicating with clients is just one aspect of a relatively new course at Wake Forest Law.

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Professor Ron Wright says Florida election results hint at a new era of prosecutor accountability

Professor Ron Wright is quoted in the following story, “John Legend, yes that one, is happy State Attorney Angela Corey lost Tuesday night,”  published by the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 30, 2016.  The quote also ran in the Common Dreams article, “Celebrations Abound as Angela Corey, ‘Cruelest Prosecutor in America,’ Ousted.”

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Professor Ron Wright’s casebook cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Betterman v. Montana decision

Professor Ron Wright‘s “Sentencing Law and Policy” casebook was cited in the Supreme Court’s decision in Betterman v. Montana, released on May 19, 2016. A PDF of the opinion can be accessed at the Supreme Court’s website.

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Wake Forest Law Review Symposium on Implementing De-Incarceration Strategies featured on PrawfsBlawg

The Wake Forest Law Review‘s 2016 spring symposium, “Implementing De-Incarceration Strategies: Policies and Practices to Reduce Crime and Mass Incarceration,” was featured in the following blog post, “Rethinking Criminal Procedure in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” published originally in PrawfsBlawg on April 2, 2016. Professors Kami Simmons and Ron Wright were also mentioned in the blog post.

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Professor Ron Wright quoted in article about workplace injuries and deaths

Professor Ron Wright was quoted in the following story, “New manual helps OSH activists push for criminal charges in workplace tragedies,” originally published on Industrial Safety and Hygiene News on March 24, 2016.

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