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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 »

Gregory Parks

Professor Gregory Parks speaks at ABA panel regarding implicit bias within the judicial system

August 14th, 2014

Professor Gregory Parks spoke on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the ABA Judicial Division Annual Meeting in Boston as part of a panel of legal experts presenting   “. . . and Justice for Some: Unconscious Bias and the Law.” Parks noted that implicit bias is arguably a pervasive issue within the judicial system.

“The fundamental principle behind it is that people make automatic, subconscious associations between categories of people and positive or negative concepts,” he said. “As such, in the criminal context, blacks are likely to be surveilled, followed, searched, encouraged to plea, get prosecuted, found guilty, sentenced more harshly. The influence of implicit race bias can be seen in the decision making of police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors, and even judges.” Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall is quoted regarding universal insurability and Affordable Care Act in Triad Business Journal

August 13th, 2014

Professor Mark Hall spoke in a panel discussion sponsored by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 12 about the Affordable Care Act stating “…the main point and the key objective is universal insurability — making sure that everyone has the ability to apply for and be granted health insurance coverage. Whether they can afford it is another matter, but making sure that access was there is the seat.” Triad Business Journal reporter, Owen Covington, authored the article below regarding the discussion  Continue reading »

Professor Michael D. Green

Professor Michael Green quoted in national media about wave of Lipitor lawsuits

August 11th, 2014

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is facing a mounting wave of lawsuits by women who allege that the company knew about possible serious side effects of its blockbuster anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor but never properly warned the public. Continue reading »

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