Spring 2014 Colloquium: “Law as Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation”

The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Spring 2014 colloquium – “The Law As Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation” – starting on April 10th.  The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Law Review, the Wake Forest Humanities Institute, and Wake’s Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe).  The colloquium will kick off on with a reading from Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip, an acclaimed professional poet, author, and playwright.  The reading will be at 6:30pm in the Byrum Welcome Center auditorium.  It is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 11th, roundtable discussions will begin at 8:30am in the lower auditorium at Wingate Hall.  The colloquium’s focus will be on the various ways in which law effects violence on all within its purview.  As Robert Cover poignantly put it: “Legal interpretation takes place in a field of pain and death….A judge articulates her understanding of a text, and as a result, somebody loses his freedom, his property, his children, even his life.”  This is an aspect of the law that many of us either forget or do not fully comprehend.

The colloquium will be followed by a free play, Our Country’s Good, at 7:30pm at the Main Stage in the Scales Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public.

A list of topics and abstracts is available here.

The schedule of events is available here.

The Law As Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Schedule of Events


8:30 AM                       Policing Violence and Alternatives

Kami Simmons             Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and Visiting Professor at University of Maryland                                                        Frances King Carey School of Law

Rima Veseley-Flad       Professor at Warren Wilson College

Dean Franco                Professor at Wake Forest University


10:00 AM                     Conceptions of Violence in the Humanities

Audrey Golden             Professor at University of Virginia

Richard Schneider       Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law

Sarah Higinbotham     Professor at Georgia State University

James Martel               Professor at San Francisco State University


12:00 PM                     Break for Lunch


1:00 PM                      “Violence, the Strong State, and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration”

                                     Keynote Speech, for Stuart Hall, 1932-2014

Jonathan Simon          Professor at University of California at Berkeley


2:00 PM                     The Intersection of Law’s Violence with Race and Poverty

Gregory Parks            Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law

Gene Nichol               Professor at UNC School of Law

Sarah Krakoff             Professor at Colorado Law

Lia Epperson              Professor at American University Washington College of Law


3:30 PM                      The Law’s Violence in the Every Day

Rebecca Morrow         Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law

Katherine Federle       Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Andrew Verstein          Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law

Sidney Shapiro            Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law

Vince Cardi                  Professor at West Virginia University College of Law and Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University                                                    School of Law


5:30 PM                      Break for Dinner


7:30 PM                      Performance of Our Country’s Good at the MainStage Auditorium in Scales Fine Arts Center

Fall 2013 Symposium: “Internet Privacy Regulation”

The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Fall 2013 symposium, “Internet Privacy Regulation,” on Friday, October 25th, at the School of Law. Participants will examine how social media has affected (and effected) legal norms about identity, group formation, governmental regulation, intimacy, secrecy, and zones of privacy. Contributions will arc in multiple directions, but the symposium’s nexus will be a focus on regulatory responses to privacy challenges posed by the Internet’s increasing centrality to our everyday lives.

The notion of developing privacy doctrine to deal with emerging technologies is as old as Olmstead v. United States, in which Justice Brandeis wrote a dissent on how to translate constitutional concerns for privacy into a world where police could use wiretaps to listen into telephone conversations. Cyberspace presents problems that even Justice Brandeis could not have predicted in his penetrating passages. The symposium will examine the balance between privacy and free expression. This is essential in a world where technology often advances at a rate to which law struggles to stay abreast. Participants will take on challenging issues about the design of Internet architecture, special threats to minorities, the role of social movements, constitutional limitations, and constitutional sources of federal authority.

The symposium will run a total 6 ½ hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, on October 25, 2013.  Attorneys who attend the symposium will receive 6.5 hours of CLE credit.

Spring 2013: Business Law Symposium – “Agency Theory: Still Viable?”


The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Spring 2013 business law symposium on Friday, March 22, at the School of Law.  The Symposium, for which Professor Alan Palmiter is serving as faculty adviser, will address whether the assumptions about human motivations implicit in modern agency theory are still viable.

Michael Jensen, who in 1976 expounded the agency costs theory of the modern corporation, will give the keynote talk.  In addition, a panel of distinguished scholars will consider whether contemporary corporate governance mechanisms — such as executive compensation, board composition, and effective oversight of management by independent directors, institutional investors, financial intermediaries, and the media — are producing the promised benefits of reducing agency costs within modern business corporations.

Fall 2012: Privatizing the Public Good: Emerging Trends in K-16 Education


The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Fall 2012 Symposium on Friday, October 26.  Titled “Privatizing the Public Good: Emerging Trends in K-16 Education,” the symposium will consist of several panels of distinguished scholars and experts that will address privatization trends at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Privatization trends in K-16 education challenge the traditional view of education as a public good and raise interesting questions concerning the role and shape of education reform.  Two panels will discuss privatization trends specific to the K-12 level, including: school choice and competition; accountability mechanisms; the suburban vs. urban divide; and outsourcing educational functions to private entities.  With respect to higher education, the presenters will focus on trends such as: escalating tuition and the student debt crisis; the growth of for profit universities; the changing business model for higher education involving diversified revenue streams and different delivery formats; and the potential for greater regulation of federal aid for higher education institutions.

The symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 1312 (the “big courtroom”) of the Worrell Professional Center (Building #32 on the Campus Map).  No registration is required and admission is free.  With regards to parking, please contact the Symposium Editors of the Wake Forest Law ReviewTaryn Kadar and Will Daughtrey, who will be glad to send you a parking pass for the day of the event.  Any North Carolina attorney in attendance will receive 4.5 hours of CLE credit to satisfy the general requirements.  For any questions or more information on the symposium, please feel free to contact Taryn and Will.

Spring 2012 symposium, “The Asymmetry of Administrative Law: The Lack of Public Participation and the Public Interest”

The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Spring 2012 symposium, “The Asymmetry of Administrative Law: The Lack of Public Participation and the Public Interest” on Friday, March 30, in the Worrell Professional Center.

The symposium, under the guidance of Professor Sidney Shapiro, will focus on a troubling trend in governmental administrative process: a steadying decline in participation by special-interest groups.

The event,  which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center, is free and open to the public.

The 1970s saw a “reformation” of administration, as a more inclusive procedure was designed to allow participation by the public in the form of public interest groups. It was assumed, in short, that the participation of public interest groups would ensure that the administrative process would not tilt in favor of regulated entities.

However, recent research has suggested that this is not in fact that case. Empirical evidence suggests what has long been commonly known to objective observers: such groups simply do not have the resources to effectively participate in all but a few of the current administrative proceedings. It has also been shown that public interest groups are often overwhelmed by the interests of regulated organizations in the administrative process.

This symposium will consider the short and long-term effects of the decline of participation by these groups.

Fall 2011 Community Prosecution and Defense Symposium

The Wake Forest Law Review’s 2011 Community Prosecution and Defense Symposium brought together legal scholars, policy leaders, and practicing attorneys who offer a range of perspectives on “Community Prosecuting” and “Community Defense.”  The Symposium, hosted by Professor Ronald Wright on November 4th, 2011, focused on the connection between communities and the prosecutors and defense attorneys who work in those communities.  In particular, the Symposium focused on growth in the “community” organizational models for prosecutor offices and public defense organizations, which aim to democratize and decentralize the work of criminal justice actors, paralleling the earlier development of “community policing.”

Spring 2011 Sustainable Corporation Symposium

The Wake Forest Law Review’s 2011 Business Law Symposium brought together legal scholars and policy leaders who offer a range of perspectives on “The Sustainable Corporation.” How do business firms contribute to – or undermine – the ability of social, ecological and environmental systems to endure? The question raises issues concerning community development, corporate governance, energy policy, environmental law, institutional shareholders, labor relations, business transparency, nonprofits, and securities markets. The business community is actively engaged in understanding the practical challenges of sustainability. This Symposium seeks to create greater awareness of the legal challenges to the corporation becoming an instrument of sustainability.

Fall 2010 Symposium “Twenty Years After the 1991 Civil Rights Act: What Does the Future Hold?”

Twenty years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, we are once again at a crossroads of the future of civil rights. The number of employment discrimination cases is declining, and the U.S. Supreme Court, in Ricci v. DeStefano, has called into question the continued viability of disparate impact claims.

The symposium focused on the 1991 Act’s ability – or perhaps its inability – to vindicate worker’s rights in employment discrimination cases and examine new approaches, both legal and non-legal, to redress employment discrimination. The symposium addressed both the practical – where do plaintiffs do best – and the theoretical – do we need a Civil Rights Act of 2011?