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April 9, 2020
April 9, 2020

The spring issue of UVA Lawyer profiles Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear ’03 and the closely watched gubernatorial contest that launched him into the national spotlight. 

April 8, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law professor Darryl Brown ’90 will conduct research at the University of Cambridge as a Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow in spring 2021.

April 7, 2020

Despite troubling times, we’re not quite where we were during the 2008 financial crisis, according to a University of Virginia School of Law professor Paul Mahoney.

April 7, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law psychologist Kate Gibson offers advice for students coping with social distancing and virtual learning.

April 6, 2020

A decade after the birth of the Program in Law and Public Service at the University of Virginia School of Law, three alums who were there in the beginning share their career stories.

April 6, 2020

Cathy Hwang, an expert in business law whose work merges theory with real-world practice, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in the fall.

April 3, 2020

By now you’ve probably used Zoom — the virtual meeting tool utilized for online classes and meetings at the University of Virginia — but there may be some advanced tricks you’re still curious about.

April 3, 2020

Jehanne McCullough ’21, a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses how internships nurtured her interest in political advocacy and the law.

April 2, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the 2020 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law. 

April 1, 2020

A new book by University of Virginia School of Law professor Pierre-Hugues Verdier shows how the United States made foreign banks pay following the 2008 financial crisis.

March 31, 2020

Why did colonists wear Native American costumes at the Boston Tea Party? Professor Farah Peterson investigates the history of mob protests for economic rights on the path to America’s unwritten constitution.

March 31, 2020

When she investigated why colonists dressed as Native Americans at the Boston Tea Party, “Common Law” guest Professor Farah Peterson found an untold story about an unwritten American constitution.

March 30, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law students volunteered over 2,050 hours of pro bono service during Alternative Spring Break.

March 27, 2020

Third-year student Jasmine Lee is this year’s recipient of the University of Virginia School of Law’s Rosenbloom Award, established to honor students with a strong academic record who have significantly enhanced the academic experience of their peers.

March 26, 2020

Second-year University of Virginia School of Law student Katharine Janes has been elected president of the Student Bar Association.

March 26, 2020

With this year’s live performance of the Libel Show at the University of Virginia School of Law canceled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, we’re sharing 10 classic skits and musical numbers from the past.

March 25, 2020

In the span of eight days, the novel coronavirus has changed almost everything about how the University of Virginia School of Law operates.

March 25, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law professors Mila Versteeg and Kevin Cope are part of a team who looked at Americans’ tolerance for waiving their rights during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

March 24, 2020

Frustrated cities could soon be closer to having more control over their destinies, according to University of Virginia School of Law professor Richard Schragger, who is working on a new home-rule project. 

March 20, 2020

Mihir Khetarpal ’21, a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses his interest in moot court and his work with the Virginia Law Review.

March 19, 2020

The Federalist Society at the University of Virginia School of Law was named winner of the James Madison Award for national chapter of the year for the first time.

March 18, 2020

The federal government, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should provide more leadership over the country’s response to contagions such as the novel coronavirus pandemic, a University of Virginia School of Law student argues in a new paper.

March 17, 2020

Campaign Legal Center founder and President Trevor Potter ’82 delivered the keynote address at the 2020 Ele(Q)t Project for LGBTQ+ Leadership symposium. He reflected on his experiences as a gay man in the Republican Party, as chairman of the Federal Election Commission and as general counsel to John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns. He also spoke about rising inequality in campaign finance.

March 17, 2020

The Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law has won national chapter of the year honors for the sixth time since 2002.

March 16, 2020

Students at the University of Virginia School of Law are entering a new world of online learning Thursday. These quick tips will help them get them started.

March 13, 2020

The University of Virginia School of Law is adapting to a rapidly evolving situation in the wake of the national coronavirus outbreak.

March 12, 2020

A memo that environmental law scholar Jonathan Z. Cannon wrote as general counsel at the EPA undergirds the Supreme Court decision Massachusetts v. EPA.

March 11, 2020

Donald Baker, co-founder of the law firm Baker & Miller and former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, delivered the keynote address for the 2020 Virginia Journal of International Law symposium, “Antitrust in the Global Economy.” Baker discussed how various countries’ antitrust agencies have responded to the increased stresses of the digital age.

March 11, 2020

Four students recently represented the University of Virginia School of Law at the Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

March 10, 2020

John Merchant ’58, the first black graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, who opened doors for minority golfers, died Thursday. 

March 9, 2020

The eight students in the Human Rights Study Project at the University of Virginia School of Law ventured overseas in early January to learn about human rights law in India.

March 6, 2020

El Salvador native Ana Tobar-Romero ’21, a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses her family’s story and work as an advocate for fellow immigrants.

March 5, 2020

A new environmental program housed at the University of Virginia School of Law will kick off with an event looking at how communities can respond to climate change.

March 4, 2020

Chloe Fife, a first-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, begins her presidency of the student organization Lambda Law Alliance on Thursday with a focus on advocacy and inclusivity.

March 3, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court case McGirt v. Oklahoma could decide whether 3 million acres in eastern Oklahoma still comprise the Creek Nation’s reservation. Professor Lindsay Robertson ’86 of the University of Oklahoma discusses the case and its broader implications for Native American land rights.

March 3, 2020

UVA Law students discuss the reasons they joined a journal, such as the Virginia Law Review or Virginia Tax Review, and what experiences they gained from it.

March 3, 2020

As women began to enter law school, educators worried about whether the curriculum was fit for female ears, UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin explains. These same issues manifest today in debates over whether professors can teach the law of sexual assault in an era of trigger warnings.

March 3, 2020

Teaching the law of sexual assault, though a difficult topic for students and professors alike, is still a critical step on the path to reforming such laws, University of Virginia School of Law professor Anne Coughlin explains on the latest “Common Law” podcast.

March 2, 2020

UVA Law professor George Geis discusses issues surrounding offers and acceptance in contract law with his 1L Contracts class. Taking place early in students’ first semester at law school, this session examined questions surrounding what exactly constitutes an offer of a contract, and what constitutes an acceptance of that offer. Geis illustrated these concepts using historical examples of advertising offers.

March 2, 2020

Trevor Potter ’82, president of the Campaign Legal Center and former FEC chairman, discusses the state of elections and their role in democracy.

March 2, 2020

Professors Pierre-Hugues Verdier and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia School of Law were cited in a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.

February 27, 2020

Understanding our system of civil litigation is critical to understanding how law shapes society. Faculty at the University of Virginia explore the dimensions of both making and applying law. 

February 26, 2020

Lobsang Sangay, regent of the Central Tibetan Administration, delivers the Human Rights Program spring lecture. Sangay discusses his experiences leading a government in exile, representing the Tibetan diaspora, and advocating for political autonomy and power for greater Tibet.

February 26, 2020

A new handbook co-edited by Professor Kimberly Kessler Ferzan of the University of Virginia School of Law examines contemporary issues in criminal law.

February 25, 2020

Trevor Potter ’82, founder and president of Campaign Legal Center, will deliver the keynote at the Ele(Q)t Project for LGBTQ+ Leadership symposium March 5, an event designed to increase LGBTQ representation in government and politics. 

February 24, 2020

Laura Howell ’11 and Adriana Vito have joined the University of Virginia School of Law as director of admissions and assistant dean for graduate studies, respectively.

February 24, 2020

Experts will discuss antitrust laws regulating multinational corporations at a Virginia Journal of International Law symposium March 4 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

February 21, 2020

Ron Beach ’21, a University of Virginia School of Law student, discusses how family, including a father and grandfather who were police officers, fostered his interest in law.

February 20, 2020

The University of Virginia School of Law chapter of the Black Law Students Association won chapter of the year at the Mid-Atlantic BLSA convention this month in Philadelphia.

February 19, 2020

Professor Dayna Bowen Matthew ’87 of the University of Virginia School of Law has been named the next dean of George Washington University Law School. She is the fifth woman to serve on the UVA Law faculty before becoming dean at a top law school.

February 18, 2020

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance ’85 discusses a revolution in how prosecutors are thinking about and pursuing justice.

February 18, 2020

Prosecutors across the country are rethinking their roles in how to make communities safer, former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance ’85 explains on the latest “Common Law,” a podcast of the University of Virginia School of Law.

February 17, 2020

A panel of legal scholars discussed the relationship between originalist legal philosophy and stare decisis, the legal principle of using precedent to determine outcomes in litigation. The panel consisted of UVA Law professors John Harrison and Deborah Hellman; University of Richmond law professor Kurt Lash; and UVA Law student Henry Dickman ’20. Professor Emeritus Lillian R. BeVier served as moderator. This panel was part of the Federalist Society symposium “Originalism and Precedent: Exploring Paths to Reform.”

February 17, 2020

Third-year University of Virginia School of Law Student Sarah Houston reports on her fall semester studying abroad in Israel.

February 14, 2020

Two University of Virginia School of Law students helped a client persuade state regulators to compel a utility company to pursue renewable energy strategies.

February 13, 2020

Darnell Phillips, an Innocence Project Clinic client who was paroled in September 2018, discusses his case and how the clinic helped him. Phillips had been sentenced to 100 years in prison but was released early after the clinic uncovered new evidence.

February 13, 2020

A panel of advocates and scholars discuss what restorative justice looks like and how it could potentially provide alternatives to the current criminal justice system. The panel featured Liz Porter-Merrill, restorative justice director for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender; Mikayla Waters-Crittenton, executive assistant/program associate at Restorative Justice Project; and Shannon Sliva, assistant professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Professor Josh Bowers acted as moderator. This panel was part of the 2020 Shaping Justice conference, sponsored by UVA Law’s Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center and Program in Law and Public Service; the Public Interest Law Association; and numerous other student organizations.

February 13, 2020

Students, alumni and public interest lawyers discussed how to promote justice through public service at the fourth annual Shaping Justice conference Feb. 7 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

February 12, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law alumna Elissa Cadish ’89, one of four female justices serving on the Nevada Supreme Court, discusses her path to Nevada and the judiciary.

February 11, 2020

Members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law returned to Cape Town, South Africa, to aid efforts aimed at reducing violence.

February 10, 2020

Arjun Ogale, a second-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. The 29 students who make up the new board began their roles Monday.

February 7, 2020

UVA Law professor Ashley Deeks discusses how contemporary advancements in machine learning could impact developments in international law. The presentation was hosted by the Virginia Journal of International Law.

February 7, 2020

If University of Virginia School of Law student Amanda Swanson ’20 couldn’t play for her coaching idol, she could write about her contributions to women’s athletics and sports law instead.

February 6, 2020

A panel of activists and scholars discuss how neighborhood zoning policies, uneven environmental protection rules and “proactive” police enforcement can negatively affect health outcomes in minority communities. The panel featured Vernice Miller-Travis, executive vice president of Metropolitan Group; Marianne Engelman-Lado, a lecturer at Yale and a visiting professor at Vermont Law School; and Jeffrey A. Fagan, a Columbia Law School professor. David Toscano ’86, a former delegate and minority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, served as moderator. This panel was part of the symposium “Healing Hate: A Public Health Perspective on Civil Rights in America,” hosted by the University of Virginia Schools of Law, Medicine and Nursing.

February 6, 2020

University of Miami School of Law professor Mary Anne Franks, Susan Kruth of FIRE, UVA Law student Anna Cecile Pepper ’21 and LaTarndra Strong of the Hate-Free Schools Coalition discuss the balance between protecting speech and protecting the learning environment. UVA Law professor Richard Schragger moderated the panel, which 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.

February 6, 2020

A symposium sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law on April 2 will explore whether the United States should recognize a federal right to education and what that would look like.

February 5, 2020

Daniel Richardson, a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, will clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer next term.

February 4, 2020

Angela P. Harris, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, delivered the opening keynote address at a conference hosted by the University of Virginia Schools of Law, Nursing and Medicine: “Healing Hate: A Public Health Perspective on Civil Rights in America.” Harris presented her research on how racial disparities in access to and quality of health care in America have lifelong impacts on communities of color. UVA Law professor Dayna Bowen Matthew ’87 introduced Harris.

February 4, 2020

The Supreme Court took on New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in 1964, in part, to protect the civil rights movement. But did justices go too far in making libel hard to prove? UVA Law professor Frederick Schauer explains new concerns.

February 4, 2020

The rampant spread of false information is causing some experts to reconsider a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that established modern libel law, Professor Frederick Schauer explains on the latest “Common Law,” a podcast of the University of Virginia School of Law.

February 3, 2020

Professor Margaret Foster Riley of the University of Virginia School of Law has been appointed to a new National Institutes of Health advisory committee that’s exploring challenges with emerging biotechnologies.

January 31, 2020

UVA Law student Manal Cheema ’20, University of North Carolina School of Law professor Mary-Rose Papandrea, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law professor Emily Gold Waldman and William & Mary Law School professor Timothy Zick discuss the status of student rights 50 years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines. UVA Law professor Kimberly Robinson moderated the panel, which 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.

January 31, 2020

From Amazon to Papa John’s, several alumnae of the University of Virginia School of Law are leading legal departments as general counsel.

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. 

January 30, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law alumna Susan Murley ’86 found that building relationships and saying ‘Yes’ to taking on new work served her well on her path to becoming co-managing partner at WilmerHale.

January 29, 2020

The University of Virginia School of Law is having an unusual convergence of milestones in 2019-20, celebrating both the bicentennial of its founding and a centennial of coeducation.

January 28, 2020

Three University of Virginia School of Law alumni — Claire Blumenson ’11, Chioma Chukwu ’12 and Chris Kavanaugh ’06 — will be honored for their public service work at the fourth annual Shaping Justice conference Feb. 7.

January 27, 2020

Professor John Norton Moore, an educator and public servant who has worked to promote the rule of law, retires from the University of Virginia School of Law this month.

January 27, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law professor Robert F. Turner, the associate director of the Center for National Security Law at UVA, will retire at the end of this month.

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