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WFU law school to host discussion on community/police tension

closetohomeA campus-wide discussion, “Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

The event is free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available here.

A panel discussion from 5 to 6:30 p.m. focusing on recent events of police brutality and public unrest — including last week’s police shooting in Charlotte and the subsequent riots — will be followed by a student leadership roundtable and small group discussions. Light refreshments will be served.

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Hall appointed at the Brookings Institution

Wake Forest School of Law professor Mark Hall poses in the law library on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Hall, the director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program, has been appointed as the only Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, part of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank’s Economic Studies research program.

“At great law schools, faculty work to solve some of society’s most vexing problems. The Brookings Institution has recognized Mark Hall as a major contributor in his fields of expertise,” Professor Hall’s appointment letter states.

The Brookings Institution is the No. 1 think tank in the U.S in the annual think tank index published by Foreign Policy and No. 1 in the world in the Global Go To Think Tank.

Of the 200 most prominent think tanks in the U.S., the Brookings Institution’s research is the most widely cited by the media, Hall says.

One of Washington’s oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development, according to its website. Its stated mission is to “provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.”

Brookings has five research programs at its Washington, D.C., campus (Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Governance Studies, Global Economy and Development and Metropolitan Policy)as well as three international centers based in Doha, Qatar (Brookings Doha Center), Beijing, China (Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy) and New Delhi, India (Brookings India).

Comings and Goings for July 2016

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in July 2016:

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August 2016 staff milestones

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August 2016 faculty milestones

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Law professor organizes special event with Justice Ginsburg

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law’s Professor Richard Schneider and the Honorable U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat on the judicial panel of a “Merchant of Venice” mock appeal hearing on July 27 in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy. The mock hearing, which was organized by Professor Schneider at Justice Ginsburg’s request, was part of a series of events hosted by Compagnia de’ Colombari and Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice in celebration of the intersection of the 500th anniversary of the formation of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Other events include symposia, lectures by Shakespeare scholars Stephen Greensblatt of Harvard University and James Shapiro of Columbia University, receptions and a six-performance production of “The Merchant of Venice,” marking the first time the play was performed in its historic, famous setting.

Students in Professor Schneider’s summer Law, Literature, and Culture course, which addressed “The Merchant of Venice” and other Italian literature, accompanied Professor Schneider to Venice and participated in several of the events. Students observed the oral arguments and attended a reception with the involved dignitaries, such as U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Philips, another member of the judicial panel, and Justice Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg also spent a day with the students and lectured on the high court and its work, as she has done twice before for Professor Schneider’s class in Venice.

Professor Schneider was featured in the New York Times article, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Presides Over Shylock’s Appeal,” for his contributions to the “Merchant of Venice” project, as well as in Lisa Snedeker’s Huffington Post blog entry, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hears A Different Argument,” both on July 27.

MTV series on controversial cases to feature Wake Forest faculty

A new MTV television series, “Unlocking the Truth,” is expected to feature Wake Forest faculty in an examination of a criminal case that has involved the School of Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic.

Interviews for the new documentary series were filmed, in part, at Wake Forest for an episode focused on Kalvin Michael Smith, a man from Winston-Salem convicted in the assault of Jill Marker at a Winston-Salem retail business.  Smith is incarcerated at a North Carolina prison.

The series premieres at 11 p.m. Aug. 17.  The case associated with Smith is introduced in the first episode, but is examined closely in the second episode.

Some of the filming occurred at the offices of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at the School of Law in Worrell Professional Center.  The center is directed by Mark Rabil, who is among those interviewed for the series.

More information is available on the School of Law website.

Update: Faculty promotions

This is an update to a previous announcement regarding faculty promotions:

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who have received promotions, recently.

Promoted to full professor:

Miriam Ashley-Ross (Biology)
Michaelle Browers (Politics and International Affairs)
Judy Kem (Romance Languages)
Stephen Murphy (Romance Languages)

Promoted to associate professor:

Michael Anderson (Biology)
R. Jarrod Atchison (Communication)
Tina Boyer (German and Russian)
Hana Brown (Sociology)
Samuel Cho (Physics and Computer Science)
John Dalton (Economics)
Susan Harlan (English)
Sarah Mason (Mathematics and Statistics)
Gregory Parks (Law)
John Ruddiman (History)
Michael Sloan (Classical Languages)
Joel Tauber (Art)
Andrew Verstein (Law)
Christian Waugh (Psychology)
Heiko Wiggers (German and Russian)

Promoted to associate librarian:

Kyle Denlinger
Jeffrey M. Eller

Promoted to teaching professor:

Lynn Book (Theatre/Dance)
Angela King (Chemistry)
Kathryn Levy (Music)
Pat Lord (Biology)
Darlene May (Romance Languages)
Al Rives (Chemistry)

Promoted to associate teaching professor:

Jack Dostal (Physics)
David Hagy (Music)
Adam Kadlac (Philosophy)

Promoted to professor of the practice:

Justin Catanoso (English)
Yasuko Rallings (East Asian Languages)

Promoted to associate professor of the practice:

Brantly Shapiro (Theatre/Dance)

Faculty publications: June 2016 updates

Boyer, Tina Marie. (German & Russian). The Giant Hero in Medieval Literature (Explorations in Medieval Culture series). Brill. June 2016.

Gilreath, Shannon, & Lydia Lavelle. (Law). Sexual Orientation and Identity: Political and Legal Analysis. West Academic. May 2016.

Krcmar, Marina, David R. Ewoldsen, & Ascan Koerner. (Communication). Communication Science Theory and Research: An Advanced Introduction. Routledge. May 2016.

Law school announces associate dean and faculty promotions

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.

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