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Matthew Phillips (’00, JD ’06) has been named associate dean for Working Professional Programs at Wake Forest University School of Business

July 30th, 2014

Matthew Phillips (JD ’06) has been named associate dean for Working Professional Programs at Wake Forest University School of Business. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted in New Jersey Star-Ledger on investigation of Newark racial-profiling cases

July 28th, 2014

A three-year investigation of the Newark Police Department has unearthed numerous constitutional violations in pedestrian stops and arrests, as well as the use of excessive force that is disproportionately affecting black citizens. Wake Forest Law Professor Kami Chavis Simmons discusses the difficulty of proving intentional discrimination in court in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, saying, “Often times, in order to prove these cases, you need a smoking gun or some testimony that this is why the officer…engaged in this conduct, and that’s very difficult to find.”

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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons says chokehold is ‘indefensible’ during HuffPo Live interview

July 22nd, 2014

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons was interviewed on HuffPo Live on July 21, 2014 regarding the death of Eric Garner after police officers put him in a chokehold. Controversy hit the New York Police Department last week after the death of New York “gentle giant” Eric Garner, who can be seen in several videos struggling as police officers keep him in a chokehold. Continue reading »

Professor Michael D. Green

Professor Michael Green tells Winston-Salem Journal Reynolds punitive damage verdict strikes of jury overreach

July 21st, 2014

A Florida state jury is trying to send a message about tobacco manufacturers’ past marketing strategies by handing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. a $23.6 billion punitive damages award Friday.

Professor Joel Newman with the Paxton Phoenix

Professor Joel Newman visits the Paxton Phoenix, the steam-powered automobile

July 18th, 2014

In the spring of 2011, I saw a piece in The New York Times about a steam-powered automobile, the Paxton Phoenix.  The car had been developed by Robert Paxton McCulloch, heir to the McCulloch chainsaw fortune.  He initiated the project in 1949, and finally abandoned it in 1954.  According to the sole, surviving member of the team—a retired foreman living in California—the project was killed by unfavorable tax laws.  Naturally, I was intrigued. Continue reading »

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