November 5, 2013 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) Assistant Professor of Law Stephen Wilks regularly writes in the areas of governance and regulation with a particular interest in processes used to design, implement and enforce rules in public and private spaces. He has two forth-coming articles that will appear in renowned publications later this year.
Wilks’ latest article, “The Governance Ecology of Electronic Food Stamp Delivery,” will appear in an upcoming edition of the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. The paper discusses how Electronic Benefits Transfers (EBT) impact America’s food stamp program and the provision of other social welfare programs. The Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice was originally founded as an internal publication of the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and has grown into an independent annual journal committed to publishing scholarship addressing social and economic issues affecting African-Americans and other minorities, as well as other innovative works by minority scholars and students. Being a trained social worker now teaching and writing in the area of commercial law gives Wilks a unique voice within the field, and allows him to bring a fresh perspective to this particular area of scholarship.
Wilks has co-authored a peer-reviewed paper that will appear in the Supreme Court of Canada Law Review later this fall and form part of a book chapter to be published by LexisNexis. The paper is a comparative study entitled “A Tale of Two Countries: Regulating The Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion In Canada and The United States.” The paper examines how legal systems in Canada and the U.S. respond to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct within the contexts of tort law, professional licensing bodies, public inquiries and innocence commissions.
Wilks joined LMU-DSOL in 2011 after a decade of legal practice and three years of post-secondary teaching. His primary research interests explore the cross-disciplinary field of governance and regulation. His doctoral thesis, titled “Swimming in the Crosscurrents: Rethinking the Dynamics of Remittance Regulation within the Framework of Networked Global Governance,” examined the strategic importance of domestic and global payment systems as governance instruments.
Wilks was educated in Canada where he practiced law and gained his initial teaching experience. He has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses at York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and Humber College. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston; a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto; and his LL.M. and Ph.D. from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. During his studies at Osgoode Hall, Wilks received the Harry Arthurs Fellowship (2008), the Willard Estey Teaching Fellowship (2009-2010), and the Nathanson Fellowship (2010).
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