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The Criminal Justice Program

The Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program is designed to facilitate critical thinking and scholarly engagement around issues related to the criminal justice systems in the United States. The Criminal Justice Program offers students interested in criminal justice an opportunity to engage in intellectual discourse about issues related to criminal law, as well as the opportunity to participate in experiences that will enhance their doctrinal classroom experiences. In addition to publicizing the advocacy and scholarship of those working in the field of criminal justice, the program will be a resource for those within the broader community who are interested in substantive criminal justice issues such as prosecutorial discretion, sentencing, mass incarceration, search and seizure, police practices, etc.

The Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, is a Professor of Law who currently teaches courses related to criminal law and criminal procedure. After earning her J.D. from Harvard Law School, Professor Simmons worked as an associate at private law firms in Washington, D.C., where she practiced in the areas of civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. Prior to joining Wake Forest, she was also an assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and participated in a wide range of criminal prosecutions and appeals on behalf of the U.S. government. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the American Criminal Law Review, the Journal of Criminal and Criminology and the Wake Forest Law Review. Professor Simmons frequently makes presentations on law-enforcement issues and is a national expert in the field of police accountability.

Professor Kami Simmons

Program Director Professor Kami Simmons

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For more information on the Criminal Justice Program, contact Professor Kami Simmons.