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January 2011

A quick update on the latest scholarly events, intellectual developments, and other news at the Law School . . .

In This Issue:

Constitutional Law

Supreme Court to Hear Two Clinic Cases on Same Day
The Supreme Court Litigation Clinic landed its third case for the term before the Court, and also reached a new milestone — clinic instructors recently learned they will argue two cases on the same day, March 22.

Criminal Law

Innocence Project Clinic Seeks to Overturn Death Sentence
Students in the Innocence Project Clinic are waiting on a pivotal court ruling after months of effort to clear the name of a client sentenced to die.

PUBLIC Service

Harris, Roth Receive Skadden and Independence Foundation Fellowships
Two third-year students have been named recipients of prestigious, nationally competitive public service law fellowships.

Students Help Disabled Veteran in Appeal for Benefits
Law students who volunteer in a program to help disabled veterans are celebrating a client’s recent victory, the latest success for the three-year-old program. Students in the Veterans Medical Disability Appeals Pro Bono Program work on the cases of veterans appealing denied disability benefit claims. They do legal research, write statements of fact and assist the attorneys representing the veterans.


Nelson’s 'Statutory Interpretation' Offers Fresh Take on Understanding Legislation
A recently published casebook by Caleb Nelson offers a new framework for understanding how to interpret statutes. “Statutory Interpretation,” available from Foundation Press, grew out of materials Nelson used to teach his course on legislation.

Law School

Graduation Speaker Announced
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2011 on May 22. "The Class of 2011 is thrilled to have Attorney General Holder as our graduation speaker,” said Student Bar Association President Chris Martin. The SBA oversees invitations to the commencement speaker each year, and Martin said graduating students voted overwhelmingly to invite Holder to speak.


Hayden ’02 Joins Career Services as Director of Law Firm Recruiting
Patrice Hayden’02 has joined the Career Services Office as the director of law firm recruiting, a new position in which assists students who wish to pursue law firm employment. Hayden, a graduate of the J.D.-M.B.A. program, returns to UVA after an eight-year tenure at Bryan Cave in Washington, D.C.


Judge John Roll LL.M. ’90 Remembered
U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll, a 1990 alumnus of the Graduate Program for Judges, was among the victims in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting.

Rediscover UVA Law During Law Alumni Weekend
Law Alumni Weekend, April 29-May 1, is the time to renew friendships and create new memories while learning about the current state of the Law School. University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan will speak at the Alumni Assembly on April 30.

All alumni are welcome to return to Charlottesville, while class-specific events are planned for the classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006. Reunion activities include fine dining, softball, a barbecue featuring activities for children of all ages, and two CLE courses.

In addition, alumni may attend a panel on the undergraduate admissions process, uncover the history of the University during a walking tour, and explore Monticello. Gifts made to the Annual Giving Campaign by reunion classes ensure the continuing strength of the Law School community. The record-breaking generosity of our alumni benefits current and future students, and continues to set the standard.

Please visit the Reunions homepage for more information about Law Alumni Weekend events and contributing to your class gift.

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