Wake Forest Law Scholarship & Engagement Spring 2017

Professor Mark Hall releases A Study of Affordable Care Act Competitiveness in North Carolina

Professor Mark Hall, Director of Wake Forest School of Law’s Health Law and Policy program, released A Study of Affordable Care Act Competitiveness in North Carolina, a report included in the larger study, Five-State Study of ACA Marketplace Competition, which was sponsored by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

With the assistance of his research fellow, Katherine Booth (JD ’16), Professor Hall concludes that North Carolina consumers are not suffering despite the lower competitiveness of the state’s exchange marketplace. For most consumers, relatively high premiums are offset by premium subsidies. The study indicates that these higher premiums are not necessarily linked to the lack of competition. Instead, “higher prices are being driven mainly by underlying health care costs. Those costs result both from provider pricing and from the health needs of people who are enrolling.

Professor Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law, public policy, and bioethics. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution and the author or editor of twenty books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press) and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen). He also teaches in Wake Forest University’s Bioethics and MBA graduate programs.

Professor Tanya Marsh organizes first-ever symposium on Funeral and Cemetery Law

Professor Tanya Marsh, professor of law at Wake Forest School of Law, organized “Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death,” an event sponsored by the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy. The symposium featured keynote speaker, Caitlin Doughty, a New York Times best-selling author and advocate of the death positive movement.

Professor Marsh is a scholar and advocate for legal change within funeral and cemetery law. She is the co-author of the first-ever textbook, Cemetery Law: The Common Law of Burying Grounds in the United States (God’s Acre Publishing), and recently published the award-winning article, “When Death and Dirt Collide: Legal and Property Interests in Burial Places”, which was recognized by the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Probate and Property magazine.

Professor Marsh is also a scholar in property law and co-authored the casebook, Real Property for the Real World: Building Skills Through Case Study, which features in-depth case studies based on real cases, real people, real documents and real problems as a supplement to property law courses.

Professor Omari Simmons authors forthcoming book,College Access from the Ground-Up: Narratives Transformed

Professor Omari Simmons, Director of Wake Forest School of Law’s Business Law program, authored the forthcoming book, College Access from the Ground-Up: Narratives Transformed (forthcoming Rutgers University Press).

According to Professor Simmons, “College Access from the Ground-Up: Narratives Transformed contextualizes the experience of one college access organization, the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), within the broader realm of existing education practice, academic theory, and public policy.” The book contains unfiltered reflections from in-depth interviews with vulnerable students as they navigate the important decision of whether and where to attend college.

Professor Simmons is a recognized scholar on corporate governance and education policy. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a nonprofit organization that provides college consulting services and mentoring to vulnerable students. He recently authored, “Judging the Public Benefit Corporation”, a chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law (forthcoming Cambridge University Press).

Professor Richard Schneider participates in Law Library of Congress event, “Understanding Seclusion: the Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto”

Professor Richard Schneider, Associate Dean of International Affairs at Wake Forest School of Law, presented “Shylock and the Law” at the Law Library Congress event, ‘Understanding Seclusion: the Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto.” Using the works of Aristotle, Michel de Montaigne, and Giovanni Boccaccio, he presented possible legal defenses for Shylock, the Venetian Jewish character from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

Professor Schneider is currently organizing the Law Library of Congress’ third program, “Justice for Shylock: A Mock Appeal Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto”, which will take place on June 21, 2017. Wake Forest Law’s Dean Suzanne Reynolds will join Professor Schneider on the five-judge panel hearing the mock appeal. Connie Morella, a former U.S. Representative from Maryland, is also expected to take a seat on the panel with the presiding judge, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Professor Barbara Lentz authors chapter in forthcoming textbook, Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum

Professor Barbara Lentz, Associate Professor of Legal Writing at Wake Forest School of Law, authored the forthcoming chapter, “Incorporating Reflection into Law Teaching and Learning” in Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (Carolina Academic Press). She is also co-authored the recent Tennessee Journal of Business Law article, “Integrating Transactional Skills Training into the Doctrinal Curriculum”.

Professor Lentz has taught more than ten courses with Wake Forest School of Law, consistently stressing experiential learning and integrating substantive knowledge with practical application to help her students prepare for modern legal practice.

Professor Joel Newman authors A Short and Happy Guide to Federal Income Taxation

Professor Joel Newman, professor of law at Wake Forest School of Law, authored A Short and Happy Guide to Federal Income Taxation (West Publishing Company), a publication that addresses basic law school income tax course topics such as deductions, capital recovery, and mixed motive expenses.

Professor Newman is an internationally-recognized tax lawyer and scholar. He has contributed over fifty scholarly articles and authored the multi-edition casebook, Federal Income Taxation: Cases, Problems and Materials. In addition to his scholarship, Professor Newman has provided consultations through the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI), formerly providing insights to Macedonia, Uzbekistan, the Ukraine, the City of St. Petersburg, Lithuania, and Slovakia.

Professor Russell Gold authors forthcoming Washington Law Review article, “‘Clientless’ Lawyers”

Professor Russell Gold, Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at Wake Forest School of Law, authored the forthcoming Washington Law Review article, “‘Clientless’ Lawyers”, an article that examines what class actions can learn from criminal law when determining lawyer accountability.

He is also the author of the forthcoming Boston University Law Review article, "Civilizing Criminal Settlements", which considers what the criminal plea system can learn from the civil settlement system.

Professor Gold is the former Associate Director of the Lawyering program at New York University School of Law. He is currently researching prosecutor’s duties to their public clients and is the author of the recent Notre Dame Law Review article, “Compensation’s Role in Deterrence”.

faculty host panel discussions on the potential impacts of the trump administration

Wake Forest School of Law faculty organized several panel discussions to address the uncertain futures of current government programs and initiatives under the Trump Administration.

"Energy, Environment and Climate Policy with the Trump Administration" featured: Don Jodrey, Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Professor of Law; John Knox, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment and Professor of International Law; Dick Schneider, Associate Dean for International Affairs and Professor of Law; and Sidney Shapiro, Frank U. Fletcher Chair of Administrative Law.

Part one of "What Will Happen with the Trump Administration" covered topics such as the future of Obamacare, criminal justice, and the Supreme Court. The second part of this series discussed climate change regulation, immigration, and health and safety regulations.

"The New Administration's Refugee and Immigration Policy: What Does It Mean?" featured Professor Margaret Taylor and Adjunct Professor Helen Parsonage as they discussed the legal framework and local impact of President Trump's executive order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States".

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