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Ronald Wright

Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law

Phone: 336.758.5727
Email: wrightrf@wfu.edu
Location: Worrell 3139

Selected Presentations

  • “Sentencing Options for Kosovo,” presentation to judges and prosecutors at conference sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice; Pristina, Kosovo (July 2014).
  • “Methodologies of Prosecutor Studies,” presentation at Fordham University conference on Criminal Justice and Professionalism; New York, NY (June 2014).
  • “The Many Faces of Prosecution,” presentation at Prosecutorial Discretion conference at Stanford University School of Law; Palo Alto, CA (May 2014).
  • "Open the Shades and Let the Sun Shine In,” presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries; Knoxville, T.N. (April 2014) (with Liz Johnson and Jennifer Noga).
  • “Sentencing Law and Sentencing Climate Change,” presentation at Sentencing Structures conference at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law; Chicago, I.L. (April 2014).
  • “Beyond Prosecutor Elections,” Criminal Law and Procedure Conference at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (January 2014).
  • "The Cure for Young Prosecutors’ Syndrome," presentation at Law and Society Association; June 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • "Comparative and Quantitative Evaluation of Defense Counsel After Lafler and Frye," symposium presentation at Duquesne University School of Law; March 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • "Defense Counsel Moneyball: A Demonstration Project," symposium presentation at Washington and Lee University School of Law; November 2012 in Lexington, Virginia (with Ralph Peeples).
  • "Frisks and the Long Arc of Police Regulation," presentation to the Federalist Society at Duke University School of Law; October 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.
  • "The Wickersham Commission and Local Control of Criminal Justice," symposium presentation at Marquette University School of Law; October 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • "Prosecution Office Culture as the Link Between Inputs and Outputs," presentation to the University of Virginia; September 2012 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • "Statistics and Faculty Involvement in the Admissions Process," presentation to the annual meeting of the Law School Admissions Council; June 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida.
  • "Prosecution in 3D," presentation for the University of Arizona law faculty; February 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. 
  • "The Dutch Prosecutorial Service and Community Prosecution," presentation for the Wake Forest Law Review Fall Symposium; November 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 
  • "Prosecutorial Discretion and the “Structure” of Sentencing Laws: Testing the Effects of “Depth” and “Distance",” paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology; November 2011 in Washington D.C. (with Rodney L. Engen).
  • "Religious Literacy and the Lawyer," presentation for the Voices of Our Times series at Wake Forest University; September 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 
  • "Disclosure versus Command-and-Control as Regulatory Strategies for Prosecutor Behavior," presentation at annual meeting of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions; August 2011 in Portland, Oregon.
  • "The Cultural Range of Prosecutor Services in North Carolina," presentation at conference on Comparative Study of Prosecution Systems, at the Institute on Crime and Public Policy, University of Minnesota Law School; April 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • "Padilla and the Theory of the Criminal Defense Firm," presentation at UCLA Law Review symposium on Criminal Law and Immigration Law; January 2011 in Los Angeles, California. 
  • "Criminal Litigators and the Information Age," presentation at Adaptation and Resiliency in Legal Systems; University of North Carolina School of Law; October 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 
  • "Popular Control of Criminal Justice Actors," presentation to the faculty at Emory University School of Law; September 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • "When Does Grandma Scotus Converse Nicely With Others in Criminal Procedure?," Presentation at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools; August 2010, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • "Continued Convergence of Immigration and Criminal Practice after Padilla v. Kentucky," presentation at North Carolina Bar Association; June 2010, in Cary, North Carolina.
  • "Political and Bureaucratic Accountability of Prosecutors," presentation at Prosecutorial Power: A Transnational Workshop; Washington and Lee University School of Law; April 2010, in Lexington, Virginia.
  • "Public Defender Elections and Popular Control Over Criminal Justice," presentation at the 2010 Missouri Law Review Symposium, Broke and Broken: Can We Fix our State Indigent Defense Systems?; University of Missouri School of Law; February 2010, in Columbia, Missouri.
  • "Election of Public Defenders," presentation to the faculty at the University of Arizona, Rogers School of Law; February 2010, in Tucson, Arizona.
  • "How Do Baby DAs Grow Up, and Why Should We Care?," presentation to faculty and students at University of Arizona, Rogers School of Law, Program in Criminal Law and Policy; February 2010, in Tucson, Arizona.
  • "Systems and Culture in a Prosecutor’s Office to Promote Compliance," panel discussion at the Conference on Prosecutor Compliance with Disclosure Obligations at Cardozo School of Law; November 2009 in New York City.
  • "Encouraging Electoral Challenges to Incumbent Prosecutors," presentation at annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools; August 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • "Mexican Drug Violence and Adversarial Experimentation," presentation to the Conference on the Future of the Adversary System at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; April 2009 at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • "The Power of Information Versus the Power of Enforcement," testimony before the United States Sentencing Commission during regional hearings to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of federal sentencing legislation; February 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "Roundtable on “Second Look” Sentencing Reforms," roundtable discussion sponsored by American Bar Association’s Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions; December 2008 in Washington, D.C.
  • "Sentencing Guidelines and Community Corrections," presentation to California Summit of Judicial Leaders, sponsored by the Judicial Council of California; October 2008 in Monterey, California.
  • "Discovering the Old World of Content Analysis," presentation to the Judicial Behavior Workshop at the University of Chicago Law School and the Northwestern University School of Law; October 2008, in Chicago (with Mark Hall).
  • "The Balance of Power Between Prosecutors and Judges," plenary presentation to the National Association of Sentencing Commissions; August 2008 in San Francisco.
  • "Progress Report on the Law School’s Law Range Plan," presentation to the Law Alumni Council and Law School Board of Visitors at the Leadership Conference; July 2008 in Kiowah Island, South Carolina.
  • "Why Prosecutor Elections Fail Us," round table presentation, Ohio State University symposium on Prosecutorial Discretion; July 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • "Scholarship Methods, Scholarship Topics," presentation to the AALS New Law Teachers’ Conference; June 2008 in Washington, D.C.
  • "Social Norms among Prosecutors," presentation for faculty colloquium at Washington University School of Law; February 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • "Dead Wrong," presentation at the symposium Beyond Innocence, University of Utah, Quinney School of Law; November 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • "Criminal Justice Metrics for the People," The Hoffinger Colloquium Lecture at the New York University School of Law; September 2007, in New York City.
  • "Charge Movement and Theories of Prosecutors," presentation at the symposium on Plea Bargaining and Dispute Resolution, Marquette University School of Law; April 2007, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • "Prosecutor Responses to Racial Disparities in Policing," presentation to a faculty colloquium at the University of Georgia School of Law; February 2007, in Athens, Georgia.
  • "Systematic Content Analysis of Judicial Opinions," presentation to a faculty colloquium at the Florida State University School of Law; October 2006, in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • "The Black Box of Prosecutorial Discretion," presentation at the Empirical Legal Studies Conference; October 2006, at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.
  • "Delivering the Ideas," presentation to the AALS New Law Teachers’ Conference; June 2006, in Washington, D.C. (presented same address in June 2003 and June 2005).
  • "The Black Box," presentation for faculty colloquia at the University of Alabama School of Law, March 2006, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Florida State University School of Law, April 2006, in Tallahassee, Florida; College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, October 2006, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • "The Power of Bureaucracy after Blakely and Booker," presentation at the Symposium on Sentencing After Booker, sponsored by the University of Houston School of Law; November 2005, in Houston, Texas.
  • "The Rhetoric of the Incremental and the Incendiary after Booker and Blakely," presentation at the Symposium on Sentencing Rhetoric after Booker, sponsored by the Roger Williams University School of Law; October 2005, in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  • "Review of the Constitutional Background for the Sykes Investigation," presentation to the Sykes Administrative Review Committee of the City of Winston-Salem; October, 2005.
  • "Reasons as Law for the “Lawless” Prosecutor," presentation to a faculty colloquium at the University of Iowa School of Law; October 2005, in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • "Trial Distortion and the End of Innocence in Federal Criminal Justice," presentation for the Fall Authors’ Luncheon of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review; October 2005, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • "Blakely and the Role of Certainty in Crime Politics," presentation at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools; July 2005, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • "Sentencing Commissions as Provocateurs of Prosecutorial Self-Regulation," presentation and panel discussion at Columbia Law School; January 2005, in New York City.
  • "Smoother Plea Negotiations After Blakely," presentation and panel discussion at the National Roundtable on Sentencing at Stanford Law School; October 2004; Palo Alto, California.
  • "Crime Politics and Crime Budgets: A National and Historical Perspective on North Carolina’s Current Dilemma," presentation to the North Carolina Symposium on Sentencing and Public Safety; April 2004; Durham, North Carolina.
  • "Plausible Sentencing Reforms, Here and Now, From the State Vantage Point," testimony to the Justice Kennedy Commission of the American Bar Association; November 2003; Washington, D.C.
  • "Researching Prosecution from the Inside Out," presentation to the American Prosecutors Research Institute, May 2003; Washington, D.C.
  • "The Screening Bargaining Tradeoff;" presentation to Stanford Law School, February 2003; Palo Alto, California. Also presented at Tulane Law School, April 2003; New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • "The Supreme Court’s Fire and Ice in Criminal Justice," Washington and Lee University School of Law, March 2002; Lexington, Virginia.
  • "The Sentencing Judge as Immigration Judge," Emory University School of Law, Thrower Symposium, February 2002; Atlanta, Georgia (with Margaret Taylor). Also presented to the Carolina Seminar on Law and Public Policy, October 2002; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • "Is the Drug War De-Escalating? Where to Look and Where Not to Look for Evidence," Association of American Law Schools, Section on Criminal Justice, January 2002; New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • "The House Side of Federal Sentencing in 1984," Federal Judicial Center, Sentencing Workshop for Federal Defenders and CJA Panel Attorneys, March 2001; Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • "Trial Rates, Sentencing Departures, Chickens and Eggs," Federal Judicial Center, Sentencing Workshop for Federal Public Defenders, February 2000; Washington, D.C. 
  • "Kenneth Starr as an Ordinary Prosecutor," North Carolina Civil Liberties Union, Greensboro chapter; October 1998. 
  • "A New Legislative History of the 1984 Sentencing Reform Act," Federal Public Defenders of the Ninth Circuit, September 1998; Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • "Georgia’s Sentencing Options for 1997-98 and Beyond," Georgia Senate Sentencing Commission, June 1997; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "In Favor of the Proposed Victim’s Rights Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution," Debate sponsored by the Committee on Constitutional Integrity; Wake Forest University, October 1996.
  • Expert Panelist, “On Line Hearing” of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, LEXIS/NEXIS Counsel Connect service; October 1996. 
  • "Population Management and Three Phases in the Life of a Sentencing Commission," National Association of State Correctional Administrators, November 1995; San Diego, California.
  • "Incompletely Theorized Power Grabs," Comment on the 1995 Holmes Devise Lecture, sponsored by the Library of Congress, October 1995; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Panel Participant, "Fourth and Sixth Circuit Departures from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," Federal Judicial Center Institute for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits, September 1993; Durham, North Carolina.
  • Testimony before the North Carolina House Judiciary III Committee, regarding sentencing guidelines legislation, March 1993.
  • Panel Participant, "Judicial Departures from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," Federal Judicial Center Institute for the Third, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits, October 1992; Tallahassee, Florida.
  • "Challenges to Guideline Sentences Based on Administrative Law Concepts," ABA Second National Institute on Federal Sentencing Guidelines, September 1992; San Francisco, California.
  • "A Post-IReminder About Delegation and Regulatory Theory," ABA Section on Urban, State, and Local Government, December 1989; Washington, D.C. 
  • "Legal Protection for Maternal Mortality Review," American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Special Interest Section on Investigation of Maternal Deaths, May 1989; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "Using Computer-Based Exercises in Support of Standard Law Courses," AALS Section on Law and Computers, January 1988; Miami, Florida.