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October 4, 2021

Professor Rachel Bayefsky of the University of Virginia School of Law explains in a Q&A what nominal damages are and the implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

September 14, 2021

Tax breaks for charitable giving should be expanded, not eliminated, to encourage community engagement among all income levels, says University of Virginia School of Law professor Andrew Hayashi.

August 27, 2021

University of Virginia School of Law professor Paul B. Stephan ’77 is looking at questions over how laws of armed conflict can address cyberattacks as the rise of big data makes clashes more likely.

August 23, 2021

Professor Margaret Foster Riley of the University of Virginia School of Law predicts that as COVID-19’s delta variant continues to spread and vaccines continue to receive FDA approval, states, schools and employers will make it harder to avoid vaccination.

July 19, 2021

As protests grow against the communist regime in Cuba and state forces crack down on the citizen movement, University of Virginia School of Law professor Camilo Sánchez looks at legal questions surrounding the human rights crisis.

June 25, 2021

University of Virginia School of Law professor Naomi Cahn explains the law behind conservatorships in light of Britney Spears' recent court hearing. (Photo by Drew de F Fawkes/Creative Commons)

April 19, 2021

Professor Kevin Cope of the University of Virginia School of Law explores how vaccine passports are not only legal but may be a constitutional obligation.

March 12, 2021

A new study co-authored by University of Virginia School of Law professor Cathy Hwang is upending nearly two decades of influential scholarship on how corporations are governed and valued. 

March 4, 2021

Professor Paul Mahoney of the University of Virginia School of Law discusses his new co-authored paper outlining how to improve regulation of index fund markets.

February 18, 2021

Professor Kenneth S. Abraham of the University of Virginia School of Law examines how repealing qualified immunity for law enforcement could affect insurance markets.

February 15, 2021

Professor Danielle K. Citron of the University of Virginia School of Law has been working to stamp out how internet companies profit from destructive activity — like so-called “revenge porn” or cyberstalking — for more than a decade. She discusses the movement to reform how such companies handle harmful content.

January 11, 2021

Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 answers questions about the future of democracy and the attack on the U.S. Capitol. He directs the University of Virginia School of Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

November 11, 2020

Professor A. E. Dick Howard of the University of Virginia School of Law reflects on progress made 50 years after he helped draft the state constitution and looks ahead.

October 19, 2020

Women are profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at work and at home, but the health crisis also presents an opportunity for lawmakers to improve women’s lives in the long term, University of Virginia School of Law professor Naomi Cahn finds in new research.

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.

May 11, 2020

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

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.

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.

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.

September 27, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law professor Saikrishna Prakash said political partisanship will inevitably influence how lawmakers approach the impeachment process.

July 23, 2019

University of Virginia School of Law professor Saikrishna Prakash, an expert on presidential power, offers a preview of the issues at stake involving obstruction in advance of Robert Mueller’s testimony.

April 1, 2019

In a new paper and Q&A, Professor Saikrishna Prakash of the University of Virginia School of Law explains how Congress’ power to impose deadlines affects ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

September 24, 2018

Plaintiffs financially betting for or against companies they are suing sounds like insider trading. It isn’t, says University of Virginia School of Law professor Albert Choi, but the practice raises a host of legal and ethical concerns that Choi explores in a new paper.

August 30, 2018

The new Karsh Center for Law and Democracy at the University of Virginia School of Law promises to serve as an institution that promotes and studies core facets of a democratic society. Professor Micah Schwartzman explains his goals as director.

July 30, 2018

Professor Michael Gilbert of the University of Virginia School of Law reviews the downside of disclosure in a new paper.

June 28, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law professors John Harrison and A. E. Dick Howard offer thoughts on Justice Anthony Kennedy’s legacy and what’s next for the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 25, 2018

Professor Ruth Mason answers questions about South Dakota v. Wayfair, a U.S. Supreme Court case tackling states’ authority to implement taxes on online sales.

June 7, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law professor Michael Livermore explores how new technologies can change federal agencies’ notice-and-comment process.

April 25, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law professor Kenneth Abraham discusses how automated vehicles should reshape car insurance and American tort law.

March 30, 2018

Professor A. E. Dick Howard in a Q&A discusses the Second Amendment and how it’s been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 22, 2018

Professor Quinn Curtis in a Q&A explains how the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule could potentially cost consumers.

January 29, 2018

Professors Ethan Yale and George Yin offer their opinions on the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on taxpayers, businesses and the economy in general.

November 7, 2017

The government is coming. They are going to take your land, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Or is there?

October 23, 2017

Cities need money to operate. When the economy slumps and the tax base weakens, it’s tempting for municipalities to turn to alternative methods of raising revenue, including fines administered by police departments.

August 9, 2017

When Professor Margaret Foster Riley traveled 4,000 miles away to Germany this summer to teach health law, she walked away with fresh ideas to apply at home.

June 7, 2017

The sanctuary cities movement, motivated by President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, shouldn’t be viewed as a simple knee-jerk political reaction by state and local authorities to sweeping federal policy, a University of Virginia School of Law professor says.

April 26, 2017

Mila Versteeg, a University of Virginia School of Law professor who studies the world's constitutions, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

April 17, 2017

Professor Leslie Kendrick, an expert in free speech, torts, property and constitutional law, will be the new vice dean of the University of Virginia School of Law starting July 1.

March 28, 2017

In the wake of an election season that featured anti-elitist rhetoric, proposals such as stricter taxes on executive compensation may sound appealing to some populists.

February 2, 2017

Stop making so many arrests. That's the unconventional law enforcement approach a University of Virginia School of Law professor advocates in a new paper.

November 7, 2016

A new paper by University of Virginia School of Law professor Charles Barzun '05 critiques a recent movement in legal theory that claims to find provide support for originalism in current law.  

October 31, 2016

University of Virginia law professor Brandon Garrett is on a mission to see that the legal system presents science accurately when it introduces forensic evidence into the courtroom.

October 17, 2016

Thomas Jefferson — founding father and founder of the University of Virginia and its Law School — can add one more title to his prodigious list of accomplishments.

Human resources professional.

July 22, 2016

Professor J. Gordon Hylton, a legal historian  and UVA Law alumnus, teaches courses on the history of African-American lawyers, trusts and estates, professional responsibility and property.

July 8, 2016

Professor Cynthia Nicoletti, a legal historian, began teaching at the Law School in 2014.

June 10, 2016

Professor Stephen Braga, who first taught at the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011, will offer Taking Effective Depositions in addition to directing the Appellate Litigation Clinic next year.

March 9, 2016

Power is multiplied when a business person sits on multiple corporate boards — but two University of Virginia School of Law professors have found that the influence of these cross-affiliated directors extends well beyond the companies involved.

January 21, 2016

Director of Admissions Grace Applefeld Cleveland, Assistant Director of Admissions Holly Bennett and Director of Financial Aid Jennifer Hulvey comment on what works, and what doesn't work, in personal statements and applicant interviews. 

January 11, 2016

The stakes are high in the percolating South China Sea controversy, a dispute involving China's aggressive ocean boundary and island sovereignty claims.

December 16, 2015

Cost-blind regulations aren't always better for the environment and practitioners and scholars are misreading a critical Supreme Court case on the matter, University of Virginia law professor Michael A. Livermore argues in a new article co-authored by New York University law professor Richard L. Revesz.

September 30, 2015

UVA Law professor George Yin, who previously held one of the most influential tax positions in the country when he headed the nonpartisan staff of the U.S. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation, claims in his latest paper that the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee violated the law in 2014 when it released to the public the tax return information of 51 taxpayers.

July 13, 2015

If long-term relationships already come with strong relational penalties when the understood boundaries of the relationship are violated, why are formal contracts needed at all?

November 17, 2014

One of the most contested questions in international law is whether and when it is lawful for a state to use force before it suffers an armed attack. University of Virginia School of Law professor Ashley Deeks recently penned a chapter on the debate for "The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law," which is slated for release in January.

September 9, 2014

University of Virginia School of Law professor Josh Bowers has spent his academic career exploring the power and discretion of prosecutors and police officers and how it affects the criminal justice system.

April 28, 2014

A growing number of geneticists, wildlife biologists and conservationists believe that "de-extinction" — or bringing back an extinct species, such as the woolly mammoth, via cloning — is a very real possibility, and one that is not far off.

April 2, 2014

In political discussions, it is often considered a given that United States constitutionalism is exceptional in nature.

March 22, 2013

Nations should ask more questions and take additional steps before obtaining permission to use force in another country, such when taking action against terrorists abroad, argues University of Virginia associate law professor

February 19, 2013

Every corporate law student learns that in America, directors and officers face liability for breaching their fiduciary duties — duty of loyalty, good faith and care — to their shareholders.

October 31, 2012

Students whose learning problems are connected to poverty may be wrongly excluded from access to special education programs under federal law, University of Virginia law professor Jim Ryan argues in a new article.

October 16, 2012

Uncovering how much government officials and those running for office pay — or should pay — in taxes has been a popular pastime for longer than many realize, as a new article by University of Virginia law professor George K.

October 10, 2012

The law on when and whether public officials can be held liable for violating constitutional rights is incoherent, says Professor John C. Jeffries Jr. in a forthcoming Virginia Law Review article.

October 4, 2012

In a new article, two University of Virginia law professors offer a solution to the conflicts of interest that can arise when physicians who are participating in medical studies also advise patients in the study.

September 17, 2012

With several new justices added in recent years after a long draught, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' bench is more conservative but still a work in progress, says University of Virginia law professor A. E.

August 15, 2012

As many as 1.7 million young illegal immigrants may qualify for temporary legal status under a new federal policy, known as "deferred action," that goes into effect Wednesday.

July 20, 2012

Four states — Idaho, Kansas, Montana and Utah — do not allow criminal defendants to claim that they were not responsible for their actions on the grounds of insanity.

April 9, 2012

Whether a policy is legal appears to play only a minor role in the decision-making process of the American public officials who implement it, University of Virginia School of Law professor Frederick Schauer writes in a new

March 19, 2012

Citizens United v. FEC, the controversial U.S. Supreme Court case that helped proliferate Super PACs, did more than change the funding model of U.S.

February 9, 2012

While love and marriage might go together like a horse and carriage in most Valentine's Day fantasies, marriage fraud and the legal system don't fit together quite as neatly.

January 25, 2012

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama outlined a number of significant tax reform proposals that he said would spur domestic economic growth, encourage job creation and require the wealthiest Americans to pay more in taxes.

January 3, 2012

Courts could do more through contract law to help Americans facing mortgage foreclosures, University of Virginia law professor and contracts expert George Cohen says in a new paper.

December 29, 2011

An executive order issued by President Barack Obama in March marked a significant shift in U.S. policy dealing with detainees, according to a forthcoming paper by University of Virginia School of Law professor Thomas B. Nachbar.

December 15, 2011

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 cast a spotlight on the conduct of BP and the fund it created to compensate the victims of the environmental disaster.

November 2, 2011

University of Virginia School of Law professor Richard C. Schragger explores the debt crises facing state and local governments around the country in a forthcoming Yale Law Journal article, "Democracy and Debt."

October 21, 2011

While the federal health care reform law enacted in 2010 brought about a long list of changes to the health care system, it notably lacked substantial reforms targeting medical malpractice liability.

October 20, 2011

The spread of the Occupy Wall Street movement to cities across the country has led to a national discussion on the role of corporations and brought the term "corporate personhood" to the fore in recent weeks.

October 17, 2011

Professor George Rutherglen's new paper examines what has worked, and what hasn't, when applying the 13th Amendment to employment concerns heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 11, 2011

Pinning down what makes a person commit a terrorist act is difficult compared to understanding risk factors for other forms of violence, University of Virginia law professor John Monahan explains in his new article, "The Individual Risk Assessment of Terrorism," now available on SSRN and forthcoming in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law in early 2012.

October 6, 2011

Pharmaceutical companies have been enormously profitable in recent years, thanks in large part to sales generated from drugs protected by patents and other mechanisms that reduce or eliminate competition in the marketplace, according to University of Virginia School of Law professor Margo Bagley.

September 23, 2011

The U.S. Constitution is not nearly as strong of an influence on other countries' constitutions as it was in the past, according to a forthcoming article co-authored by University of Virginia School of Law professor Mila Versteeg.

July 25, 2011

Professor Brandon Garrett's latest article on the subject focuses on U.S. government prosecutions of foreign corporations, a practice that has grown dramatically in the past two decades.

May 25, 2011

Both living constitutionalism and old-style originalism are largely dead, and it's time for interpreters of the Constitution — especially progressives — to embrace a new, principled method, Professor James Ryan argues in a new article.

May 2, 2011

Three University of Virginia law professors are questioning the expert evidence behind one of the most controversial cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, Dukes v. Wal-Mart.

March 31, 2011

A country's embrace of jus cogens — or the idea in international law that some universal norms or principles override state sovereignty — largely depends on background assumptions about the present and future of the international system, Professor Paul Stephan writes in a new article, "The Political Economy of Jus Cogens."