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Tentative Orientation Schedule
*Attendance is required
Sunday, August 19
9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. (optional activity)
Fourth Annual Virginia Law New Students Public Service Day
The Student Bar Association’s Public Service Committee would like to invite all new members of the class to participate and volunteer with local organizations.
Students are asked to arrive at the Law School at 9:30 a.m. to sign in and to pick up their free T-shirts (for the first 150 students who register by Aug. 10). Students will return to the Law School around 1 p.m. and have lunch compliments of the SBA Public Service Committee. All incoming students are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know Charlottesville and their fellow students. Any interested spouses or significant others are also welcome.
All interested students can sign up by emailing Kristen Whitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Email your T-shirt size at the time that you sign up for the event.) Questions can also be directed to Kristen or to Cynthia Castillo (email@example.com).
Join us for a screening of "Rashomon" (Akira Kurosawa 1950). Professors Coughlin and Robinson say "Rashomon," a classic film that many critics praise as among the best movies ever made, is well worth seeing in its own right. But the film also is a perfect way to kick-off your law studies, for it raises compelling questions that every lawyer confronts. No matter what their area of expertise, no matter what the nature of the case, lawyers always need to ask, "What happened?" This question is at the center of "Rashomon." What do and should lawyers do when eyewitnesses offer credible, but dramatically different, accounts of "what happened"? The film is short, just 88 minutes, so there is plenty of time for discussion for those who want to stick around after the screening.
Monday, August 20
*Sign-in, Withers-Brown Hall Rooms 126 and 128
*Welcome Session, Caplin Auditorium
Law School Dean Paul G. Mahoney
Anne Richard, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
Alexandra Aurisch, Student Bar Association President
Rebecca Vallas, Class of 2009, Attorney with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Section Meetings with Peer Advisors
SL - Slaughter Hall
WB - Withers-Brown Hall
Lunch with Your Section and Peer Advisors
(Pick up lunches in Caplin Pavilion)
Graduate, Transfers, Sections A & B - 1 p.m.
Sections C, D, E, F, G - 1:10 p.m.
Sections H, I, J, K, L - 1:15 p.m.
*Honor Code/Judiciary Orientation
Withers-Brown Hall Room 126 (in accordance with the following schedule)
Sections A, B, and C - 2:30 p.m.
Sections D, E, and F - 3 p.m.
Sections G, H, and I - 3:30 p.m.
Sections J, K, and L - 4 p.m.
*Wellness and Stress Management in Law School
Dr. Katherine Gibson, Counseling and Psychological Services
Sections G, H, I, J, K and L
Sections A, B, C, D, E, and F; and LL.M.s -
*Meetings with Section Professors
(in rooms where each Section met with its Peer Advisors)
Welcome Picnic for First-Year, Transfer and Graduate Students
Spies Garden (Rain site: Caplin Pavilion)
Tuesday, August 21
9 a.m.-10:40 p.m.
*Introduction Session/Caplin Auditorium
- Cary Bennett, Assistant Dean for Academic Services
- Kimberly Emery, Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest
- Dean Annie Kim, Assistant Dean for Public Service and Director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center
- Taylor Fitchett, Director of the Law Library
- Derek Leach, ITC User Support Manager
- Kevin Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services
- Jennifer Hulvey, Director of Financial Aid
- Greg Streit, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services (Facilities and Safety)
- Leigh B. Middleditch Jr. ’57, for the American Bar Association
- Martha Ballenger, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
- Remarks on Professionalism: Professor George Rutherglen
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
*Mock Honor Trial/Caplin Auditorium
Lunch with Peer Advisors
Peer Advisor sessions*, including law school/library tours and briefing sessions, will be scheduled individually with sections around other orientation activities
Wednesday, August 22*First Day of 1L Classes
Some student parking regulations will be suspended for a week or two in late August/early September to permit students to park in the D-3 parking lot located east of the Law School and south of the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Legal Center and School. Other allowable parking includes the D-3 parking spaces (adjacent to the University playing fields) and spaces at University Hall (approximately one mile from the Law School and served by the University bus service). Those who live in close proximity are advised to walk to the Law School.
Parking is not allowed in D-2 and D-5 faculty and staff parking areas, Law School visitor lots, or other areas posted for restricted use, without an appropriate permit. Further information about parking will be provided during first-year orientation sessions.
Each student must secure a photo ID from the University. This photo ID may be obtained at the ID card office in the Observatory Hill Dining Hall on Central Grounds in August. Please check www.virginia.edu/idoffice for office hours in August. Students who arrive early in Charlottesville may wish to take care of this prior to orientation. You must present an original valid, government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). Check www.virginia.edu/idoffice/photosubmission.html to determine whether it will be possible for you to submit your photo online to expedite the process for obtaining your ID card. Your ID photo will also be used in the Law School’s online photo directory.
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