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Spring 2014

A quick update on the latest events, developments, and news from the Law School

Human Rights

Fellows Survey Human Rights Concerns in Ghana; Exposure of Small-Scale Miners to Mercury Among Problems
A group of six students who are Cowan Fellows in the student-run Human Rights Study Project traveled to the Republic of Ghana to do field research on the status of some of the West African country’s ongoing human rights issues.

Law School

Compensation Fills Need in Wake of Mass Catastrophes
As one of the nation's leading experts in alternative dispute resolution and administrator for funds for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the BP oil spill, and the Boston marathon bombings, among others, Kenneth Feinberg has helped decide who gets billions in compensation.

Softball Invitational Bats $25,000 to Charity, Sets Record Attendance
Students helped raise more than $25,000 for charity through the 31st annual Virginia Law Softball Invitational, an event that brought together 1,700 law students from across the country, as well as UVA alumni.

The Road to 100 Years: Virginia Law Review’s Early History Had Its Uncertainties
While the review enjoys an enduring reputation for publishing top legal scholarship, early editorial doubts, a nearly insurmountable debt, and criticisms about the value of law reviews created uncertainties during the review’s early history.

Engaged to Marry, Students Also Team Up to Win Moot Court
Engaged couple Kevin Richards and Grace Bielawski, third-years, won the school's 85th Lile Moot Court Competition


Expert in Tax Policy & Legislative Process Returns to UVA Law
Michael Doran, an expert in tax policy and legislative process at Georgetown, will rejoin the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in the fall as a professor of law.

Expert in Civil Procedure & Jurisdiction to Join Faculty
A. Benjamin Spencer, an expert in federal civil procedure and jurisdiction at Washington and Lee, will join the faculty in the fall as a professor of law.


 Students Pen Legislation to Protect Immigrants from Being Scammed
A bill championed by third-years Julianne Jaquith and Roxana Miller to protect unsuspecting immigrants in the Commonwealth from immigration consultant fraud is currently on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk, where he is expected to sign it.


Reunion Prize Competition Heats Up
With Law Alumni Weekend (May 9-11) less than three weeks away, the competition for the reunion giving prizes presented on Saturday morning, May 10, is entering its final phase. Each year, the Law School Foundation awards three trophies which recognize the class with the highest giving participation percentage (based upon gifts and pledge payments received), the class with the largest reunion class gift (based upon gifts received and pledges made), and the class with the most donors (based upon gifts and pledge payments received). 

The 2014 awards will be based upon reunion giving totals as of Tuesday, May 6 at 5 pm so there’s still time to help your class to victory. You may make your gift or pledge payment now by clicking here.  (And, if you have not yet registered for your reunion, you may do so here.)

The top five in each category, as of this morning, are:

Highest Giving Participation Percentage: The Class of 1964 (47%) leads the way followed by 1974 (44%), 1979 (39%), 2009 (35%), and 1969 (34%).

Largest Reunion Class Gift: The Class of 1974 ($743,078) stands ahead of 1969 ($413,649), 1979 ($305,003), 1989 ($291,593), and 1964 ($267,957).

Most Donors: The Class of 2009 (138) occupies first place, with 1979 (127), 1989 (114), 1974 (111), and 1984 (105) rounding out the top five. 

And you won’t want to miss the All-Class Assembly from 9:30-11:30 am on May 10 featuring the dean’s Law School Update and a presentation of “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” by Larry J. Sabato, Director of the UVA Center for Politics.


Your Alumni Career Network
The best way to fuel your career is by building relationships and exploring options, whether you are a new graduate or considering a major life change. The Law School hosts an Alumni Career Network (ACN) – a group of alumni volunteers who will provide career, life-stage, or general advice to Law students and fellow alumni. We welcome your participation on both sides of this service – as a volunteer and/or as a resource. The ACN is not a job-posting/seeking database.

To join the Alumni Career Network, look for the Join Alumni Career Network link in the column labeled CAREERS.


Online Alumni Services

Law Alumni Connection allows you to update your profile, submit a class note, search job listings, and find classmates. (Directory information for UVA Law alums is viewable only by fellow alumni.) If you're a first-time user or can’t remember your log-on information, contact For information about upcoming events, see our Alumni Calendar.

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