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July 26, 2021

Four years after the deadly attack on the Charlottesville community, a federal lawsuit led by Integrity First for America is proceeding against the white supremacists in court. IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, lead attorneys Karen Dunn and Roberta Kaplan, and Dean Risa Goluboff discuss the suit, Sines v. Kessler, and the process of holding extremists accountable. UVA Batten School Dean Ian Solomon and UVA Law professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 also offer remarks. This event was sponsored by UVA Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, The Miller Center, and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UVA.

June 2, 2021

Robert S. Mueller III ’73 and three former senior members of his team — including Aaron Zebley ’96 — are participating in a class at the University of Virginia School of Law that will take students inside the special counsel investigation that dominated headlines during the Trump administration.

May 14, 2021

The Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, housed at the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Virginia Bar Association have launched an ambitious campaign to help society bridge its differences.

April 20, 2021

Professor Michael D. Gilbert, an expert on election law, democracy, and law and economics, will serve as the new vice dean at the University of Virginia School of Law, starting July 1.

January 20, 2021

The legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is reviewed in a new University of Virginia School of Law short course offered in coordination with the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

January 19, 2021

As President Donald Trump prepares to leave office, can he give himself a presidential pardon? An expert panel focuses on the constitutional basis of the pardon power, its history and limits, the relationship between pardoning and impeachment, and the legal and political implications of an attempt by the president to self-pardon. The panelists are UVA Law professor John C. Harrison; Michigan State University law professor Brian Kalt; Stanford University professor Bernadette Meyler; and UVA Law professor Micah Schwartzman, director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

January 11, 2021

Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 answers questions about the future of democracy and the attack on the U.S. Capitol. He directs the University of Virginia School of Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

November 5, 2020

Recounts may not make much of a difference in the presidential election, but other factors might, University of Virginia School of Law professors said Thursday.

September 3, 2020

With anti-Semitism surging globally, scholars are convening to discuss the role of law in combating religious and racial hatred, at a conference Sept. 10 co-hosted by the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

August 6, 2020

Professor Naomi Cahn, who joined the University of Virginia School of Law faculty this fall, has been named to two new professorships promoting the rule of law and democratic ideals.

January 30, 2020

Mary Beth Tinker, a plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, discussed the importance of free speech for youths to combat injustices such as inequality and poverty. UVA Law professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 introduced Tinker. The keynote was part of the symposium “Speech Inside the Schoolhouse Gates: 50 Years After Tinker v. Des Moines.”

January 30, 2020

Professor Frederick Schauer discusses the state of student free speech rights 50 years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines. His speech was part of the Virginia Law Review symposium “Speech Inside the Schoolhouse Gates: 50 Years After Tinker v. Des Moines,” supported by the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. 

November 13, 2019

Faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law discussed the legal implications of the impeachment inquiry in a three-part series hosted by the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

November 11, 2019

Professors Ashley Deeks and John Harrison discuss impeachment and national security. Their discussion centered around the implications for those powers for the presidency, especially with respect to matters of national security. Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 introduces the discussion. This event is the third of a planned three-part series on impeachment hosted by the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

November 4, 2019

Professors Deborah Hellman and Michael Gilbert discuss how agreed-upon meanings of terms like “corruption” and “bribery” will have an impact on how impeachment proceedings could play out. Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 introduces the discussion. This event is the second of a planned three-part series on impeachment hosted by the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

October 22, 2019

Professors Frederick Schauer and Saikrishna Prakash discuss impeachment, including what the impeachment clauses and powers delegated to Congress are, what the implications of these powers are for the presidency and what offenses fall within the scope of impeachment. Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 introduces the discussion. This event is the first of a planned three-part series on impeachment hosted by the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

August 5, 2019

Three new endowed chairs tied to the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy will fund the work of scholars at the University of Virginia School of Law.

January 8, 2019

Financier-philanthropist David Rubenstein interviews recently retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at the kickoff for the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. The show “A Justice For All” originally aired on PBS.

January 8, 2019

Dean Risa Goluboff, Bruce Karsh ’80 and Martha Lubin Karsh ’81 introduce retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and interviewer David Rubenstein, a philanthropist and financier, at the inaugural event for the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

November 16, 2018

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said Friday at a special event held at the University of Virginia School of Law that he has no regrets for retiring from the court when he did — and that despite recent contentiousness related to confirming new justices, the court and its time-honored processes still work.

November 14, 2018

UVA Law professors Frederick Schauer and Saikrishna Prakash discuss the roles the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional law play in American political discourse.

November 8, 2018

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be interviewed by financier-philanthropist David Rubenstein at a Nov. 16 event launching the new Karsh Center for Law and Democracy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

October 23, 2018

When Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe founded the University, they understood that the new nation needed to educate citizen-leaders for the experiment in self-government to succeed. That founding ambition is as relevant today as it was then.

October 16, 2018

Three University of Virginia School of Law faculty panels will discuss topics surrounding the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.

August 30, 2018

The new Karsh Center for Law and Democracy at the University of Virginia School of Law promises to serve as an institution that promotes and studies core facets of a democratic society. Professor Micah Schwartzman explains his goals as director.

May 10, 2018

Alumni Martha and Bruce Karsh announced Thursday they will donate $43.9 million to the University of Virginia School of Law. The gift is the largest in the Law School’s history.

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