Law school announces associate dean and faculty promotions
July 21st, 2016
As of July 1, the following Wake Forest University School of Law faculty have been promoted to new or existing positions (full stories available through links): Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jonathan Cardi; Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement Kami Chavis; Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Simone Rose; Associate Professor Gregory Parks; and Associate Professor Andrew Verstein.
Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77) appointed Jonathan Cardi to executive associate dean of academic affairs. Cardi most recently served as the law school’s associate dean for research and development. In his previous position, he created a number of new programs, including a series of weekly faculty discussions on teaching fundamentals, research and service, entitled TeRSe Talks, as well as a summer series for works in progress, entitled the Half-Baked Ideas Discussion Series.
Kami Chavis, the founder and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, took over Cardi’s research and development position as the first associate dean for research and public engagement.
Reynolds says the change in title is meant to highlight Chavis’ passion for public engagement. Chavis says among her goals for her new position is to emphasize Wake Forest Law’s faculty and their scholarship and marry them with public engagement on current issues.
Simone Rose, a respected member of the law faculty since 1993, is the first associate dean of innovation and entrepreneurship, a position created out of the growing demand for the combining of intellectual property, business law, science and regulation.
Reynolds appointed Rose because of her engineering background and rich professional life in the study and practice of intellectual property. Rose hopes to create a strong law school presence in the Innovation Quarter’s Bioscience and Engineering programs.
Gregory Parks and Andrew Verstein both have been promoted to associate professor. Parks’ research focuses on race and law issues as well as science and law issues. He teaches Civil Procedure among other courses. Verstein teaches Business Associations, Contracts, Corporate Finance and Securities Litigation and has spoken at a number of prestigious workshops and seminars about financial law topics. Both professors have published extensively in their fields of law.