Recent Faculty News
Most recent graduates take a breather after they finish the bar exam. Daniel Gibson (JD ’15) went to work finishing up a book instead. “Cemetery Law: The Law of Burying Grounds in the United States” was published on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Continue reading »
Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) profiled in Triad Business Journal about scripting new chapter for law school
Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) is profiled by the Triad Business Journal in the Friday, Aug. 21 article, “Suzanne Reynolds: Law dean not afraid to script new chapter.” A portion of the article follows with a link to the full article.
It’s beyond fair to say that Suzanne Reynolds is a proud Wake Forest University School of Law lawyer. Continue reading »
Professor Alan Palmiter tells the Wall Street Journal there may have been pent up demand for proxy access
Professor Michael Curtis published the following piece on The Huffington Post blog: Protesters chanting “black lives matter” have heckled, seized the microphone, and shut down a Seattle, Washington, rally for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. An offer to let the protesters speak after Sanders was rejected. Continue reading »
“Death is sometimes tragic, sometimes a blessing—always inevitable. Death transforms a living human being, a person with rights and autonomy, into … something else. Tissue and bone, once animated by life, converted into an object of fear, a focus for grief, and a medical and scientific resource.”
– “The Law of Human Remains”
A human cadaver is no longer a person, but neither is it an object to be easily discarded. As a result of this tenuous legal status, human remains occupy an uneasy position in U.S. law. Perhaps because of what anthropologist Ernest Becker called our “universal fear of death,” the law of human remains occupies a remarkably unexamined niche of U.S. law.
In her new book, “The Law of Human Remains,” Professor Tanya D. Marsh undertakes the ambitious task of collecting, organizing and stating the legal rules and principles regarding the status, treatment and disposition of human remains in the United States. The most recent comprehensive overview of the law was published in 1950. The Law of Human Remains builds on that work by creating detailed summaries of each individual state’s laws and regulations. This unprecedented resource allows readers to quickly identify the often fascinating differences that exist between states.