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Professor Ron Wright presents at 2015 National COSH Conference

Professor Ron Wright spoke at the 2015 National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) Conference on Thursday, June 4, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Continue reading »

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Professor Ron Wright’s research on incumbent prosecutors published by MSN News, Vox

Professor Ron Wright’s research about prosecutor elections has caught the attention of Vox and MSN News, who republished the Vox story here. Continue reading »

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Professor Ron Wright takes on the injustice of piling on criminal fees in The Huffington Post

Professor Ron Wright co-authored the following piece with Florida State Law Professor Wayne Logan in The Huffington Post:

Criminal courts sometime function as fee-generating machines. Take, for example, a homeless woman in Ferguson, Missouri, who owed the city $152 in parking tickets. When she paid only a portion of the amount due, she was arrested twice and spent six days in jail. The court imposed more fines and late fees totaling hundreds of dollars. To date, she has paid $550 in fines and fees to the City of Ferguson, yet still owes the city over $500. This is just one example of mercenary criminal justice at work in state courts all over the country. Continue reading »

Triad Business Journal reports on new Business Law Program launch

Owen Covington of the Triad Business Journal writes about the law school’s new Business Law Program here.

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Professor Omari Simmons named director of Wake Forest Law’s new Business Law Program

In Fall 2015, Wake Forest Law will introduce its Business Law Program, which is a student-centered program designed to expand student opportunities that strengthen knowledge of business law concepts as well as develop skills to assist professional development and readiness for practice.  Continue reading »

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Program lets Wake Forest students focus on broader issues of criminal law

Kami Chavis Simmons, a law professor at Wake Forest University, wants to make legal issues relevant to law students and the general public. Continue reading »

‘Ferguson: Discussion on Race, Justice and Hope for the Future’

Forum on Ferguson Brings University Community Together

Wake Forest University School of Divinity hosted a forum and panel discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the grand jury decision that the officer will not face criminal charges. The forum was inspired by a need to bring, conversation, connection, and understanding across the student body and campus community. “Ferguson: A Discussion on Race, Justice, and Hope for the Future” included Gail R. O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity and professor of New Testament and Preaching; Derek S. Hicks, assistant professor of religion and society at the School of Divinity; Kami Chavis Simmons, professor of law and director of School of Law’s criminal justice program; and Darryl Aaron, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem. With standing room only, students, faculty, and staff from across the college and professional schools were in attendance. Continue reading »

Professor Ron Wright quoted in New Republic regarding Eric Garner’s death at hands of NYPD

Many of the people who took umbrage at the public outcry over a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson—the now-former police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson—cited the endless ambiguities surrounding that incident as evidence that the system had worked as intended. Continue reading »

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Professor Ron Wright quoted in Policy Mic article regarding Eric Garner case and police officer prosecution problems

Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ron Wright says in a quote regarding the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., “You could revise state law so that you could describe the category of cases where the appointment of a special prosecutor is mandatory…The governor shall appoint a special prosecutor in the possible criminal wrongdoing by police officer in jurisdiction with the same boundary as the district attorney. You could have an automatic trigger.” Continue reading »

Executive Associate Dean Ron Wright tells Watchdog.org that Mississippi’s DUI laws are contrary to the Fourth Amendment

Vampire movies, books and TV series are all of the rage these days. Guess the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol wanted to get in on the act. Continue reading »