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May 1, 2018

When diplomat Ralph Bunche, the first black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, insisted on a desegregated audience for his UVA Law talk, Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy ’51 delivered.

April 23, 2018

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III '72 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit discussed his book "All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s" with Dean Risa Goluboff. In the book, Wilkinson shares what life was like in the 1960s, and describes the influence that decade has today. He asks his own generation to recognize its youthful mistakes and pleads with future generations not to repeat them.

April 20, 2018

Joe Charlet, a member of the Class of 2018 at the University of Virginia School of Law, has thought a lot leading up to graduation about how others like him who were orphaned, or gay or black, may not have had similar opportunities.

April 20, 2018

Joe Charlet, a member of the Class of 2018, has thought a lot leading up to graduation about how others like him who were orphaned, or gay or black, may not have had similar opportunities.

April 5, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law professor Anne Coughlin and a local man, Lester Jackson, are working together to start a conversation about race and policing in the classroom.

March 19, 2018

The Center for the Study of Race and Law is marking 15 years of facilitating conversation at the University of Virginia School of Law.

March 7, 2018

Members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law ventured to Cape Town, South Africa, to interview victims of apartheid as part of its annual international service trip.

February 8, 2018

The University of Virginia and the Law School honored the legacy of its first black student, Gregory Swanson. The ceremony also included the presentation to law students Jah Akande and Toccara Nelson of the Inaugural Gregory H. Swanson Award, which recognizes students who embody courage, perseverance and commitment to justice. Speakers included Professors Kim Forde-Mazrui, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law; Dean Risa Goluboff; Monifa Love Asante, associate professor of English and modern languages at Bowie State University; Evans D. Hopkins, author and chair of the Swanson Legacy Committee; Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia; and Frank M. Conner III '81, rector of the University of Virginia.

February 8, 2018

Law enforcement experts critique community policing and police culture during a panel discussion at the Law School. Panelists include Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota, Florida, Police Department; Joe Brann, founder and CEO of Joseph Brann & Associates; professor Rachel Harmon; and Charles Ramsey, a former Philadelphia police commissioner and former chief of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police. The panel was moderated by Timothy Longo, adjunct professor and senior program director of public safety administration at the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The event was sponsored by the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

February 1, 2018

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, delivers the keynote address at "Loving: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

February 1, 2018

Professor Dayna Bowen Matthew moderates the panel "Loving’s Meaning" with Katherine Franke of Columbia University, Randall L. Kennedy of Harvard Law School and Robin A. Lenhardt of Fordham Law School. The event was part of a Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law symposium examining the legal legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia on its 50th anniversary.

February 1, 2018

Professor Deborah Hellman moderates the panel "Loving as a Means of Social and Legal Transformation" with Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui of UVA Law, and Professors Melissa Murray and Angela Onwuachi-Willig of the University of California, Berkeley. The event was part of a Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law symposium examining the legal legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia on its 50th anniversary.

February 1, 2018

Professor Micah Schwartzman moderates the panel "Loving’s Promise for LGBTQ Communities" with Holning S. Lau of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Doug NeJaime of Yale Law School and Catherine Smith of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The event was part of a Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law symposium examining the legal legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia on its 50th anniversary.

January 15, 2018

The University of Virginia School of Law will posthumously honor Gregory Hayes Swanson, the first African-American enrollee at UVA and UVA Law, on Feb. 5 with a special ceremony that will bestow an inaugural award named after him, feature the unveiling of his portrait and present history related to his life.

December 1, 2017

The second annual Shaping Justice conference, aimed at inspiring students and lawyers to promote justice through public service, will take place Feb. 2-3 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

November 13, 2017

Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed delivered the McCorkle Lecture on "Black Citizenship, Law, and the Founding."

November 13, 2017

Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed, an expert on Thomas Jefferson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history for her work on Sally Hemings' family, delivered the McCorkle Lecture on Thursday at the University of Virginia School of Law.

November 2, 2017

A former appointee to the Securities and Exchange Commission and dean of two law schools, Isaac C. Hunt Jr., a 1962 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, died Sunday, in Washington, D.C. He was 80.

September 18, 2017

Statistically speaking, capital punishment has one foot in the grave.

September 15, 2017

James E. Ryan, a 1992 graduate and former professor of the University of Virginia School of Law, has been chosen as the next president of the University of Virginia. His term begins Oct. 1, 2018.

September 14, 2017

University of Virginia professors convened a panel discussion at the Law School on Tuesday meant to help students make sense of what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 11 and 12.

September 12, 2017

The next Supreme Court term could see “bolts of thunder and lightning,” compared to “an uncommonly quiet” term last year due to the lack of a ninth justice, said A. E.

August 31, 2017

Professors at the University of Virginia School of Law are challenging the legal case for keeping the Robert E. Lee statue and other Confederate monuments that helped spark the protests in Charlottesville on Aug. 11-12.

August 18, 2017

Dean Risa Goluboff will chair a University of Virginia working group of deans and other community members to lead efforts in assessing the University's response to the events of last weekend.

August 16, 2017

When Elizabeth Sines ’19 heard about a brewing march by white supremacists on the Lawn, then saw the men gathering as she drove nearby, she called her roommate, Leanne Chia ’19. Did she want to come? She did.

June 12, 2017

After the 2008 landslide election of Barack Obama, many declared that racial barriers in the United States had finally fallen. Yet today the future of race relations feels uncertain for many, with the country facing a seeming rise of racially motivated violence and hate speech.

May 31, 2017

Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a protector of the hard-earned rights of the people in his state.

May 31, 2017

Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a protector of the hard-earned rights of the people in his state.

May 25, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law experts are available to speak to the media about U.S. Supreme Court decisions as the 2016 term wraps up.

April 14, 2017

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch discusses the role of the legal profession in an era of significant polarization. Lynch spoke at UVA Law after receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.

April 13, 2017

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, this year's recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, said in a talk Thursday at the University of Virginia School of Law that the pursuit of justice is inextricable from the pursuit of truth, and that lawyers carry a special burden because of it.

March 20, 2017

Key players in the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas (2016) discuss its implications for the future of affirmative action policies in the United States.

January 31, 2017

Attiya Latif, president of UVA's Minority Rights Coalition, and Larycia Hawkins, Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at UVA's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, discuss how to develop solidarity in the wake of a particularly contentious election.

January 30, 2017

Timothy Longo Sr., former chief of the Charlottesville Police Department, is teaching University of Virginia School of Law students what to expect during the investigation and litigation of police use-of-force cases as part of his new two-week short course, which begins today.

January 30, 2017

Timothy Longo Sr., former chief of the Charlottesville Police Department, is teaching University of Virginia School of Law students what to expect during the investigation and litigation of police use-of-force ca

January 17, 2017

A conference hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law on Feb. 3-4 aims to inspire students and lawyers to promote justice.

January 6, 2017

The words of faculty, alumni and students offer insights into news from 2016.

May 27, 2016

African-Americans played a greater role in shaping international law and the United Nations than most people realize, according to Ananda Burra, the new Charles W. McCurdy Fellow in Legal History at the University of Virginia School of Law and UVA's Miller Center.

March 22, 2016

University of Virginia School of Law student Charis Redmond will serve as the vice chair of the National Black Law Students Association for the upcoming year.

March 15, 2016

H. Timothy Lovelace, an Indiana University law professor and 2006 UVA Law graduate, delivers his talk, "King Making": Brown v. Board of Education and the Rise of a Racial Savior" as part of UVA’s Community MLK Celebration.

February 27, 2015

Civil rights pioneer Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, spoke at the University of Virginia School of Law on Feb. 24.

February 26, 2015

UCLA law professor Cheryl Harris, an expert in critical race theory, discusses how race and class became competing legal arguments for addressing inequality, and the implications today.

February 20, 2014

UVA Law Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui and the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky discuss the current state of affirmative action in the United States from differing perspectives. 

January 27, 2014

Former Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas '75 urges vigilance to protect advances made by the Civil Rights Movement.

November 5, 2013

UVA law professor Kim Forde-Mazrui discusses how the government looks at racial inequality during a Oct. 31, 2013, lecture marking his appointment as Mortimer M. Caplin Professor of Law.

June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act — which denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples — and cleared the way for California to allow same-sex marriage.

March 8, 2013

What does it mean to lead the general counsel's office for one of the oldest and most respected civil rights organizations in the country? Kim Keenan '87 discusses her work at the NAACP and her distinguished career in both the public and private sectors.

February 5, 2013

Mary Bauer '90, legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center and an alumna of the University of Virginia School of Law, speaks as part of the University of Virginia's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 28, 2013

Mary Bauer, legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center and an alumna of the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak at the Law School as part of UVA's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 23, 2013

A battle several University of Virginia law students and a professor were fighting to allow women the right to serve in combat roles ended today when reports emerged that U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was lifting a ban prohibiting women from serving in combat.

December 13, 2012

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases on same-sex marriage for the first time, prompting four University of Virginia School of Law professors to anticipate how the justices may rule.

December 4, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was designed to protect the rights of minority voters.

October 19, 2012

More than 500 students, faculty and staff at the University of Virginia School of Law signed the Diversity Pledge this week, an annual tradition that was moved this year for the first time to the fall semester.

March 22, 2012

The Federalist Society presented a debate between Ward Connerly, the founder and president of the American Civil Rights Institute, and UVA Law Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui on the legality of affirmative action in higher education.

March 14, 2012

University of Virginia School of Law professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin's 2011 book on the civil rights movement, "Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement," on Wednesday was named a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for history.

February 2, 2012

University of Virginia School of Law alumnus Michael Cody '61 and civil rights leader Julian Bond, a history professor in UVA's College of Arts & Sciences, shared their personal stories about Martin Luther King Jr. in a discussion Tuesday night at the Law School.

January 30, 2012

Known for being an advocate of civil disobedience, Martin Luther King Jr.

January 24, 2012

The events of early April 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. — culminating in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — will be the focus of a talk by two prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement on Jan. 31 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

November 14, 2011

Abandoning the LSAT would probably not increase diversity at law schools, a panel of experts in law school admissions said Friday at the University of Virginia School of Law.

November 14, 2011

Kim Keenan '87, general counsel of the NAACP, spoke at the University of Virginia School of Law as part of a conference on increasing diversity in the legal profession.

November 14, 2011

Virginia Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn '86 spoke Saturday at the University of Virginia School of Law as part of a conference on increasing diversity in the legal profession.

November 14, 2011

Powell '82, the first African-American woman to serve on Virginia's Supreme Court, spoke Nov. 10 at the University of Virginia School of Law as part of a conference on increasing diversity in the legal profession.

October 27, 2011

NAACP General Counsel Kim Keenan '87, two Virginia Supreme Court justices and a number of high-profile lawyers and civil rights activists will participate in a conference on increasing diversity in the legal profession hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law on Nov. 10-12 in Caplin Pavilion.

February 8, 2011

The Civil Rights Movement was a ground-up struggle that encompassed much more than landmark acts of the Supreme Court and Congress, Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin writes in a new book from Oxford University Press.

January 19, 2011

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. should be remembered as a symbol of a worldwide social movement, not just as a civil rights leader, a leading King scholar and historian said Monday at the Law School. 

January 18, 2011

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. should be remembered as a symbol of a worldwide social movement, not just as a civil rights leader, a leading King scholar and historian said Monday at the Law School.

January 13, 2011

A team of University of Virginia law professors is teaching a new January Term course that examines how the law affected Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

January 11, 2011

Clayborne Carson, editor of "The Autobiography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," will speak Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. in the University of Virginia School of Law's Caplin Pavilion.

September 16, 2010

Professor Alex Johnson recently became the new director of the Law School's Center for the Study of Race and Law.

February 15, 2010

University of Virginia law professor Alex Johnson, former chair of the Law School Admissions Council and former dean of Minnesota Law School, discusses the black/white LSAT score gap and why law schools are not admitting African-American students at a rate proportional to the test-taking po

February 3, 2010

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizers of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, helped shape the country’s political future, co-founder Julian Bond said during a conference at the Law School on Friday.

February 2, 2010

Rev. Charles Sherrod delivers a keynote address at "50 Years After the Sit-Ins: Reflecting on the Role of Protest in Social Movements and Law Reform."

February 2, 2010

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizers of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, helped shape the country's political future, co-founder Julian Bond said during a conference at the Law School on Friday.

January 27, 2010

Civil Rights Movement leaders Julian Bond and Charles Sherrod will offer keynote lectures at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the sit-in movement Friday and Saturday at the Law School.

September 9, 2009

Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Edward Polk of Foley & Lardner spoke about diversity and its importance in law schools and legal careers Sept. 17 in Caplin Pavilion.

September 8, 2009

Jordan Lane never expected to have tea with the Syrian ambassador to the United States or win "best brief" in a moot court competition, but those were just two of the opportunities made possible by her summer internship at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

May 2, 2009

Richard Cohen '79 spoke to alumni at Reunion Weekend about race relations and hate crimes following the election of President Barack Obama.

April 24, 2009

Stephen Black, founder of Impact Alabama and grandson of Justice Hugo Black, and Professor Daniel Nagin, the director of the Family Resource Clinic, present "Yes We Can? Race, Poverty and Progress in America."

March 25, 2009

A Law School team won the National Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Competition last week in Irvine, Calif., and other students either won awards or earned positions in the organization's national leadership.

February 23, 2009

Keenan, president-elect of the Washington, D.C., Bar spoke about life after law school during a lunch sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

February 13, 2009

Research indicates that marriage is good for society, but there is a pronounced racial divide in the marriage rates and no easy answers on what actions — if any — government should take to rectify it, a panel of experts said Wednesday at the Law School.

February 13, 2009

Research indicates that marriage is good for society, but there is a pronounced racial divide in the marriage rates and no easy answers on what actions — if any — government should take to rectify it, a panel of experts said Wednesday at the Law School. 

February 5, 2009

Law students, faculty and staff are showing their promise to embrace diversity today by wearing T-shirts they received after signing the third annual diversity pledge.

November 25, 2008

The election of the country's first black president could have dramatic implications for the identity of African Americans, visiting Law School professor Guy-Uriel Charles said Thursday at a Center for the Study of Race and Law event.

November 25, 2008

The election of the country's first black president could have dramatic implications for the identity of African Americans, visiting Law School professor Guy-Uriel Charles said Thursday at a Center for the Study of Race and Law event. 

November 17, 2008

Two legislative staffers spoke about their efforts to advance racial reconciliation through political means at an event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Law on Nov. 12. With Keenan Keller (pictured), counsel for Rep.

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