Josh Black '96, Grace Applefeld Cleveland '09 Join UVA Law Admissions Office

Grace Applefeld Cleveland and Josh Black

Grace Applefeld Cleveland '09 and Josh Black '96 will help recruit future classes of students.

September 15, 2014

Josh Black '96 and Grace Applefeld Cleveland '09 recently joined the Admissions Office at the University of Virginia School of Law.

In their new roles as directors of admissions, Black and Cleveland will work directly with the application, recruiting and admission process for new students, which includes reading all applications, interviewing student applicants and welcoming new students.

"As alums, Josh and Grace bring both a deep understanding of the school and a love of the UVA Law community to the Admissions Office. They already have hit the ground running. We've added two good people to these important roles," said Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions Cordel Faulk.


Josh Black

"I have always been very proud to be an alumnus of Virginia Law School, and it is a thrill for me to walk these halls again every day, surrounded by all that positive energy and intellectual horsepower," Black said.

Prior to joining the Law School, Black practiced in Boston from 1996 to 2013, specializing in labor and employment law. During that time, he was co-founder and managing partner of the law firm Bello Black & Welsh. Most recently he was based in Charlottesville as an equity partner with LeClairRyan. While in practice, he was elected to the Best Lawyers in America and ranked as a leading labor and employment lawyer in the Chambers Guide.

As a law student at Virginia, Black was an editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and received the American Bar Association's Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor Law. He also interned at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society.

Most recently, he was chairman of the Board of Directors for Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, an organization that provides horseback riding — based therapy to kids with special needs.

Black earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.


Grace Applefeld Cleveland

Cleveland worked most recently as a clerk for David C. Norton, U.S. district judge for the District of South Carolina. She worked as a law clerk for Stephanie A. Gallagher, U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Maryland from 2011-12.

Cleveland practiced trademark and copyright law at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C., as an associate. She served on the Board of Trustees for Roland Park Country School in Baltimore from 2009-12.

Cleveland is a member of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia bar associations.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know our applicants this year," said Cleveland. "I had a wonderful law school experience, and I'm excited to help build the next class."

At law school, Cleveland was a Dillard Fellow, served as a Peer Advisor and as first-year co-chair for the admitted students open house. She was also an editor for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law.

Cleveland received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.


Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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