Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Virginia Criminal Justice Policy Reform Project

This new project will research — and encourage the adoption of — policies aimed at improving the fairness of criminal adjudication, preventing wrongful convictions, reducing recidivism and costs, diverting low-risk offenders from jail or prison, and easing societal re-entry for the formerly incarcerated. 

Through a related seminar, students will research and write papers on such issues as improving interrogation policies, the use of mental health dockets in criminal adjudication, and bail and discovery reform.

Virginia Journal of Criminal Law

This student-edited journal is one of only a handful at leading law schools focused on criminal law. The journal, which also sponsors legal symposia and conferences, publishes twice a year. Website

Domestic Violence Project (DVP)

This pro bono student organization educates the Law School community about domestic violence and monitors domestic violence–related criminal justice proceedings in local jurisdictions. The project assists the commonwealth’s attorney offices of Charlottesville and of Albemarle County in their prosecution of these cases by interviewing victims of domestic violence. The group also organizes police ride-alongs and more. Website

Virginia Innocence Project Pro Bono Clinic

Students assist clinic attorneys in evaluating claims of innocence by prisoners in Virginia and assessing the appropriate avenues of legal relief available. Website

Virginia Law in Prison Project

This student organization sponsors speaking events, pro bono experiences and educational opportunities on correctional practices and policy.

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan and “The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Ethics and the Criminal Law”