Wake Forest Law Faculty Scholarship and Engagement November 2016

Professor Ronald Wright contributes to White House Domestic Policy Council’s “Roundtable on Criminal Justice"

Professor Ronald Wright, the Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, participated in a “Roundtable on Criminal Justice” hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council in conjunction with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution on Monday, October 24, 2016.

The conference addressed criminal justice reform and the role of prosecutors in improving and developing public relationships, equity, and effectiveness. Geographic inconsistency in prosecution, militarization of law enforcement, and minority representation in wrongful imprisonment were central topics among experts and domestic policymakers.

Professor Wright is one of the leading criminal justice scholars, previously serving as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has co-authored two casebooks in criminal procedure, one of which was recently cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Betterman v. Montana. Professor Wright is the thirteenth-most cited criminal law and procedure faculty member in the United States from 2010-2014 according to Brian Leiter’s law school report.

Recently, Professor Wright received a grant from the Law and Social Sciences of the National Science Foundation for a project on peremptory challenges and jury bias. He is currently interviewing prosecutors across North Carolina as part of his research where he will generate the first database of jury selection outcomes in felony trials in all one hundred counties of North Carolina.

Professor Sidney Shapiro elected as public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States

Professor Sidney Shapiro, the Frank U. Fletcher Chair of Administrative Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, was elected as a public member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Professor Shapiro is one of the leading experts in administrative procedure and regulatory policy in the United States. A current Vice President of the Center for Progressive Reform, Professor Shapiro has been a consultant to government agencies, frequently testifying before Congress on regulatory subjects. He has written ten books, contributed chapters to seven additional books, and authored or co-authored more than fifty-five articles. He is the nineteenth-most cited administrative law faculty member in the United States from 2010-2014 according to Brian Leiter’s law school report.

Recently, Professor Shapiro co-authored “Obama’s Use of Executive Orders, to Bypass Gridlock,” published in the New York Times. He has also contributed to regional news sources on banking regulations and forced arbitration. Professor Shapiro’s “Arbitrariness Review Made Reasonable: Conceptual and Structure Reform of ‘Hard Look’” is a forthcoming publication in the Notre Dame Law Review.

Professor Gregory Parks co-authors Indiana Law Journal article, “‘A Choice of Weapons:’ The X-Men and the Metaphor for Approaches to Racial Equality”

Professor Gregory Parks' “‘A Choice of Weapons:’ The X-Men and the Metaphor for Approaches to Racial Equality” was published by the Indiana Law Journal and co-authored with Matthew W. Hughley.

Professor Parks’ research focuses on race and social sciences, specifically as it pertains to what implicit attitudes and biases portend for the law. He is the author and co-author of twelve books such as The Wrongs of the Right: Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama and African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision. His article, “Judicial Recusal: Cognitive Biases and Racial Stereotyping,” was published by the New York University Journal of Legislation & Public Policy.

Professor Parks is currently an associate professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law. He formerly practiced in Trial Group in the D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP with previous experience as a law clerk on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Professor Christine Nero Coughlin authors The National Jurist article "Get Ready for '1L of a Ride" and featured blog post on Huffington Post Politics

Professor Christine Nero Coughlin’s “Get ready for ’1L of a Ride,” an article advising how to excel in legal writing, was published by The National Jurist. Her recent blog post, “Election 2016: The Potentially Polarizing Effects of Search Engines, Social Media and Motivated Reasoning” was featured on Huffington Post U.S. Politics.

Professor Coughlin is the director of the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program and professor of legal writing at the Wake Forest University School of Law. She recently co-published a book on legal writing entitled, An Advocate Persuades, that continues on themes from her previous co-publication, A Lawyer Writes. "An Advocate Persuades explains how to develop and redefine trial-level and appellate arguments and then how to present those arguments orally,” says Professor Coughlin.

Professor Coughlin is a multiple-award winning teacher, recognized for both her teaching and teaching innovation. She also has appointments in the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where she is a core faculty member of the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health & Society and the Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine’s Translational Science Institute.

Professor Michael Green co-authors chapters in Forensic Epidemiology and European Product Liability: An Analysis of the State of the Art in the Era of New Technologies

Professor Michael Green, the Bess and Walter Williams Distinguished Chair and professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, co-authored “Epidemiologic Evidence in Toxic Tort Cases” in Forensic Epidemiology and “Product Liability in the United States of America” in European Product Liability: An Analysis of the State of the Art in the Era of New Technologies.

Professor Green is one of the country’s most respected experts in the area of tort law. He currently serves as a Co-Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability and Physical Harm. He is a member of the European Group on Tort Law and a founding member of the World Tort Law Society where he continues to serve as an executive committee member. Professor Green has recently contributed to media coverage on bankruptcy legislation and the deadly Ikea dresser recall.

Recently, Professor Green participated in a panel discussion among Multidistrict Litigation judges, specifically commentating on the admissibility of scientific expert opinions under the 1993 Supreme Court case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.

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