Faculty Scholarship and Engagement December 2016

Professor John H. Knox publishes Statement of United Nations following mission to Madagascar

Professor John H. Knox, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights and the environment and professor of international Law at Wake Forest Law, published a Statement of the United Nations following the conclusion of his mission in Madagascar. “Madagascar, unfortunately, is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change,” writes Professor Knox. “Most immediately, southern Madagascar is currently experiencing a severe, life-threatening drought attributed to the El Niño effect and exacerbated by global warming.”

Professor Knox is an internationally-recognized expert on human rights law and international environmental law. Recently, Professor Knox presented “Children’s Rights and the Environment” to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier this year, he wrote the chapter, “Human Rights Principles and Climate Change,” for The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law.

Professor Knox will present a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2017. He is currently working on a forthcoming book publication entitled, The Evolution of Environmental Rights.

Professor Mark Hall leads Health Law and Policy study on Medicaid for North Carolina military veterans

Professor Mark Hall, director of Wake Forest Law’s Health Law and Policy program, and Katherine Booth, Health Law and Policy fellow, authored the study Can Medicaid help (North Carolina) military veterans? analyzing how Medicaid could assist twelve-thousand uninsured North Carolina veterans. The report studied low-income veterans who do not have access to full health insurance coverage due to current state policy.

A Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, Professor Hall recently published the chapter “Employment-Based Health Coverage” in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law and co-wrote the article “How to Get Rid of Surprise Medical Bills” in Fortune Insiders.

Professor Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of healthcare law, public policy, and bioethics. He is the author or editor of twenty books and is a frequent commentator on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

Professor Wendy Parker contributes to panel discussion on desegregation and authors forthcoming publication

Professor Wendy Parker, the James A. Webster Professor of Public Law at Wake Forest Law, presented “How Alabama School Desegregation Succeeded (And Failed)” at The Law-Review Conference hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law in October 2016. Her forthcoming publication of the same title will be published in the Case Western Reserve Law Review.

Professor Parker’s research focuses on identifying solutions for how the law has created both intentional and unintentional inequalities in employment and education. Her scholarly publications have appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and the Texas Law Review among others. Prior to teaching, she focused on litigated school desegregation cases as a Skadden Arps fellow. She also served as staff attorney for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Professor Michael Kent Curtis authors “Race as a Tool in the Struggle for Political Mastery” and receives Legal Theory Blog accolades

Professor Michael Kent Curtis published “Race as a Tool in the Struggle for Political Mastery: North Carolina’s ‘Redemption’ Revisited 1870-1905 and 2011-2013” in the University of Minnesota Law School’s Journal of Law and Inequality. For this work, Professor Curtis received a “highly recommended” status on the Legal Theory Blog.

Professor Curtis is currently the Judge Donald L. Smith Professor in Constitutional and Public Law at Wake Forest Law. He is one of the foremost constitutional historians in the United States and an award-winning author and co-author of multiple books and articles, including Free Speech, "The People’s Darling Privilege" Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History and No State Shall Abridge: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights. Recently, Professor Curtis co-wrote a letter asking President Barack Obama to grant former Ohio Congressman John A. Bingham the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Professor Jagdeep Bhandari participates in empirical legal studies panel at Duke University School of Law

Visiting Professor Jagdeep Bhandari participated in the 11th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies at Duke University School of Law on November 18. His panel presented and discussed “Judging in Europe: Do Legal Traditions Matter?” written by Angela Huyue Zhang and Jingchen Liu.

Professor Bhandari is a visiting professor of law at Wake Forest Law, specializing in business law and economics. He was formerly an executive at the International Monetary fund and was an advisor to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

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