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September 18, 2020

Faculty and alumni at the University of Virginia School of Law are sharing memories and honoring the impact of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. She was 87.

September 18, 2020

The new Center for Law & Philosophy at the University of Virginia School of Law will serve as a focus for one of the strongest groups of legal theorists in the nation.

September 16, 2020

Professor Paul Stephan of the University of Virginia School of Law has been appointed special counsel to the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense.

September 8, 2020

Professor Ashley Deeks has been named director of the National Security Law Center at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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 19, 2020

Professor Naomi Cahn will serve as the inaugural director of the new Family Law Center 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.

August 5, 2020

Professor Rip Verkerke, Nooreen Reza ’21 and Eliza Schultz ’21 of the University of Virginia School of Law co-authored a public report they hope will spur changes to state living wage laws.

July 31, 2020

Noted legal theorist Lawrence B. Solum will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty.

July 29, 2020

Recent University of Virginia School of Law faculty scholarship has contributed to the study of race and law, including offering pathways to reform.

July 28, 2020

Megan Stevenson, an economist with a scholarly focus on criminal law, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in August.

July 24, 2020

Professor Frederick Schauer of the University of Virginia School of Law was named a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

July 22, 2020

Jay Butler, an expert in international law and corporations, will serve as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law this year.

July 21, 2020

Could the United States ever file bankruptcy and restructure? Two University of Virginia School of Law professors assert in a new paper that it could.

July 14, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law faculty discuss news-making rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court term.

July 7, 2020

Cathy Hwang, an incoming professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses her new co-authored paper examining how pandemic cancellations have challenged contract law.

June 30, 2020

Our nation’s recent presidential impeachment wasn’t the first time in modern history that we’ve asked the question: When is a payment a bribe?

June 24, 2020

Richard M. Re, an expert in criminal procedure, federal courts and constitutional law, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty.

June 24, 2020

National security law expert Kristen Eichensehr will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty as a tenured professor.

June 18, 2020

Naomi R. Cahn, an influential scholar in the field of family law, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in the fall.

June 15, 2020

UVA Law professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson discusses her chapter in the recent book, “A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy,” which she edited for NYU Press. Robinson says Congress could work with states and localities in an incremental fashion to close opportunity gaps. Robinson is the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law and a senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.

June 15, 2020

UVA Law professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson foresees new fights at the Supreme Court as litigants seek fairness in public school funding across the nation. Her new book, “A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy,” is published by NYU Press. Robinson is the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law and a senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.

June 15, 2020

The year at the University of Virginia School of Law was marked by new achievements and milestones, even as the community was tested when classes moved online in the spring due to COVID-19.

June 10, 2020

Professor Rachel Harmon of the University of Virginia School of Law has co-authored a new report offering concrete ways to implement police reform.

June 8, 2020

Instructors of Seminars in Ethical Values courses at the University of Virginia School of Law share their book and film assignments as suggested summer entertainment.

June 4, 2020

Changes to the University of Virginia School of Law’s public service programming will better prepare students for careers in the public interest while strengthening the school’s counseling services.

June 3, 2020

Professor Crystal Shin ’10 will direct a new juvenile justice clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law.

June 2, 2020

Professor Cynthia Nicoletti, a legal historian and professor of law at the University of Virginia, has been named a recipient of the UVA Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award.

May 27, 2020

Barbara Armacost, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and a former UVA nurse, has penned a new paper that argues officer-involved shootings should be reviewed in the same way that medical mistakes are.

May 21, 2020

Harvard Law School fellow Thomas Frampton, an expert in criminal law and constitutional procedure, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty this summer.

May 18, 2020

Professor A. Benjamin Spencer of the University of Virginia School of Law will be the next dean of William & Mary Law School.

May 14, 2020

Law School researchers found last year that, from the years 2000-2019, about a third of elected presidents worldwide attempted to stay in office beyond the limits of their terms.

May 11, 2020

Professor Michael Gilbert says his study reveals the impact of voter ID laws.

April 30, 2020

The U.S. president’s authority has grown so expansive that it’s time for Congress to rein it in, Professor Saikrishna B. Prakash argues on the latest “Common Law,” a University Virginia School of Law podcast.

April 29, 2020

You know that whole “marketplace of ideas” concept that says if you hear all arguments the best will win out? Well, it's a bunch of hooey.

April 23, 2020

In his new book, Professor Saikrishna Prakash of the University of Virginia School of Law explains why the executive branch’s power has swelled in recent decades, why he thinks that is a problem and how Congress might respond to defend its authority.

April 21, 2020

As states struggle with significant budget shortfalls nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, a coalition of tax scholars has come together to form Project SAFE, which will provide policy recommendations to help ease the crisis.

April 20, 2020

University of Virginia School of Law students are helping the Pentagon tackle emerging national security challenges in a new UVA multidisciplinary course.

April 17, 2020

As the world battles the novel coronavirus, University of Virginia history professor Christian McMillen discusses what lessons we can learn — and improve upon — from past pandemics.

April 17, 2020

Professor Joe Fore ’11 of the University of Virginia School of Law has been elected a board member of the Legal Writing Institute.

April 16, 2020

The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic matches much of what happened in past battles with virulent diseases, University of Virginia history professor Christian W. McMillen explains on “Common Law,” a UVA Law School podcast.

April 15, 2020

Rather than prioritizing resources based only on who might live or benefit most, hospitals should give people with disabilities additional consideration, Professor Deborah Hellman of the University of Virginia School of Law argues in a new co-authored paper.

April 10, 2020

Professor Michael Gilbert of the University of Virginia School of Law has earned an All-University Teaching Award.

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 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 1, 2020

UVA Law professor Pierre Verdier discusses his forthcoming book "Global Banks on Trial: U.S. Prosecutions and the Remaking of International Finance." He argues that the effectiveness of prosecutions of international banks should not be judged solely based on financial penalties and convictions of high-level executives. According to Verdier, effective prosecutions of these banks can also force compliance with American law and sanctions in furtherance of U.S. foreign policy.

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 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 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 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 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.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

January 7, 2020

Professor Thomas Nachbar of the University of Virginia School of Law has been appointed to the Federal Communications Commission advisory subcommittee that promotes the resiliency of the nation’s communications system.

January 3, 2020

Professors Ashley Deeks and Deborah Hellman of the University of Virginia School of Law were recently elected members of the American Law Institute, increasing the number of UVA Law faculty affiliated with ALI to 26.

December 18, 2019

Ready to test your memory of the past decade? Here are some select highlights from the past 10 years at UVA Law.

December 17, 2019

In his new paper, Professor Andrew Hayashi of the University of Virginia School of Law proposes ways that economics can be used to deter hate crimes.

December 12, 2019

Juvenile justice and child advocacy expert Andrew Block, who recently served as director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, has rejoined the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law.

December 11, 2019

The University of Virginia School of Law is ending the decade on a high note. Check out some of the top stories of 2019.

December 10, 2019

A new book edited by Professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson explores the possibility of a federal right to education.

December 9, 2019

Leon Szeptycki, an expert in water law and policy who is one of the nation’s top experts on water management, has rejoined the University of Virginia School of Law faculty.

December 9, 2019

UVA Law professors and members of the Academic Placement Committee Kimberly J. Robinson and Richard C. Schragger discuss careers in teaching law and answer questions about the path to becoming a law professor.

December 4, 2019

Professor Ruth Mason of the University of Virginia School of Law discusses the potential roadblocks in implementing a wealth tax in the U.S.

December 3, 2019

The University of Virginia School of Law will host the annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in 2021.

December 2, 2019

Professor Mildred Robinson, a tax law professor whose career has emphasized social fairness in financial matters, will retire from teaching at the University of Virginia School of Law at the end of the semester.

November 22, 2019

In her latest paper, Professor Ashley Deeks of the University of Virginia School of Law explains the nonpublic ways governments justify classified national security decisions.

November 15, 2019

UVA Law professor George Rutherglen discusses the continuing relevance of admiralty law in current controversies in international law.

November 13, 2019

UVA Law professor G. Edward White, author of the three-part “Law in American History” series, discusses the changes he’s seen over his 50-year career publishing books in legal history, and the impact of how citations are counted. White served as the lunch speaker during an Alumni Board and Council luncheon.

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 12, 2019

The Supreme Court said the Constitution didn’t guarantee a right to education in the 1973 case San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, but litigation aiming for equity continues, as UVA Law professor Kimberly Robinson explains.

November 12, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law professor Kimberly Robinson says in the latest episode of “Common Law” that an almost 50-year-old U.S. Supreme Court case created a major challenge for educational equity.

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.

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