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Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox quoted in Media Matters article about climate agreement and the Constitution

August 29th, 2014

Conservative media are suggesting that the Obama administration is “working with foreigners to subvert the Constitution” by seeking a climate agreement with other nations without Senate approval, but legal experts agree that because it is not expected to be legally binding, the accord does not require Senate ratification.

“It’s not unconstitutional…presidents have done it countless times in the past,” said John H. Knox, a UN independent expert on human rights and the environment and professor of international law at Wake Forest University School of Law, in an email to Media Matters. Continue reading »

Mayors Allen Joines and Nancy Vaughan hold a public discussion, “Tale of Two Cities,” as part of course taught by Professor Don Vaughan (’79)

August 27th, 2014

Mayors Allen Joines of Winston-Salem and Nancy Vaughan of Greensboro will hold a joint discussion entitled “Tale of Two Cities” from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8. It will focus on policies in the two towns, including recent policy changes that have occurred. The discussion will be a part of a course on State and Local Government taught by adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (‘79), but is open to all faculty, staff, and students. It will be held in Worrell Room 1308 at Wake Forest Law. Continue reading »

Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (’79) quoted about felony criminal defendants ability to waive jury trials in article

August 27th, 2014

Criminal defendants charged with all but the most serious felonies would be able to have a judge, rather than a jury of their peers, decide whether they are guilty or innocent if voters approve a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons writes about fatal police shooting in Ferguson in Huffington Post blog

August 20th, 2014

The fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, and the subsequent events in Ferguson, Missouri, once again highlights the tensions that continue to exist between police officers and the residents of poor urban communities. Brown’s fatal shooting comes only weeks after a police officer killed another unarmed man, Eric Garner, in New York City, by allegedly subjecting him to an illegal chokehold. While it is important to wait for the results of an investigation into the Brown shooting, many Ferguson residents lack faith in the local police department to conduct an impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death. Continue reading »

Professor Eugene Mazo

Wake Forest Law faculty make a splash at SEALS

August 16th, 2014

Nearly eight hundred law professors gathered at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2014 Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Florida, on August 1-7, 2014. They came to present their latest research, to learn from each other, and to discuss the latest developments in the legal profession. Better known as SEALS, this conference constitutes one of the largest annual gatherings of law professors in the country, and participation in its events is considered an honor for members of the legal academy. Continue reading »

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