A team of students from the University of Virginia School of Law won awards in this year’s International and European Tax Moot Court competition, among other achievements and recognition for members of the Law School community.

The moot court team was made up of second-year students Jacob Cohen and Moksha Padmaraju, and third-years Kathryn Peters and Riley Ries. Kathryn Kenny, a third-year who was a member of last year’s team, served as student coach. The competition, held in Belgium, concluded March 29.

After reaching the semifinals, the team won awards for best pleading and best pleading applicant team, and Padmaraju won for best individual advocate for the applicant. UVA finished fourth, with teams from the U.S., Europe and Asia competing. The team was supervised by Professors Andrew Hayashi and Ruth Mason, director of the Virginia Center for Tax Law.

The UVA Law team has built a successful track record since it first started competing in 2017. The school became the first U.S. team ever to win the competition in 2018, launching a three-year winning streak.

The competition allows law students to sharpen their oral and written argument skills on tax issues with global implications. The event is sponsored by the Institute of Tax Law of KU Leuven and the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation.

Legislature Commends Goluboff

Risa Goluboff

The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution March 4 commending Risa Goluboff’s term as dean, which ends June 30. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Creigh Deeds, Sen. Scott Surovell ’96 and Del. Rip Sullivan ’87, noted in part that “Risa Goluboff made history at UVA Law both by becoming the school’s first female dean and through her achievements in the areas of faculty hiring, fundraising, and student experience.”

Goluboff is the author of “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s” and “The Lost Promise of Civil Rights.” She is the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and a professor of history at UVA.

Federalist Society Honors Bamzai, UVA Chapter

Professor Aditya Bamzai was named this year’s recipient of the 2024 Joseph Story Award at the Federalist Society’s National Student Symposium at Harvard Law School on March 9. Recipients demonstrate excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students and make “significant public impact in a manner that advances the rule of law in a free society,” according to the Federalist Society.

On March 27, Bamzai delivered Harvard Law School’s 2024 Scalia Lecture, “Statutory Interpretation and the Separation of Powers,” in which he argued that the Supreme Court should create an analytical structure for lower courts to follow when deciding whether to defer to administrative agencies.

Bamzai is the Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law. He is co-author of the forthcoming ninth edition of the casebook “Administrative Law: The American Public Law System, Cases and Materials.”

Also at the symposium, the Federalist Society chapter at UVA Law was named recipient of the 2024 Samuel Adams Award for Membership Growth.

Citron Recognized for Scholarship on Privacy

Danielle Citron

Professor Danielle Citron received the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ 2024 Privacy Leadership Award at the Global Privacy Summit on Tuesday. The Leadership Award recognizes an individual or organization who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues, and advancing the growth and visibility of the profession, according to the association. She previously won the association’s award for best paper in 2016 and 2014.

Citron, who co-directs the school’s LawTech Center, is author of the books “The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age” and “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.” She is the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law, and the Caddell and Chapman Professor of Law.

3Ls Team Up for Transactional Law Competition

3Ls Clint Roscoe and Shri Dayanandan were recognized as runners-up for drafting. Courtesy photo

Shri Dayanandan ’24 and Clint Roscoe ’24 were runners-up for drafting in the inaugural Colonial Cup transactional law competition at William & Mary Law School on Saturday. The competition consisted of two parts: drafting and negotiating. The drafting portion required teams to draft a merger agreement from scratch on behalf of the assigned client. The negotiation portion involved teams negotiating based on the documents drafted against two different teams.

“The judges were M&A professionals and law school professors who gave the teams really valuable feedback,” Dayanandan said.

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