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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance ’85 discusses a revolution in how prosecutors are thinking about and pursuing justice.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
From pro bono projects to spending time with family, UVA Law students, faculty and staff talk about their plans for winter break.
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.
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.
Darnell Phillips, a client of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, spoke at the Law School to show his gratitude to those at the clinic who helped free him, and continue to work on getting his record cleared. Innocence Project Directors Dierdre Enright and Jennifer Givens facilitated the discussion.
Avi Garbow ’92, environmental advocate at Patagonia and former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency, and UVA Law professor Jon Cannon discuss the role that the private sector can play in advocating for progressive reforms to address the impacts of climate change. Garbow served as the keynote speaker during the Virginia Environmental Law Journal’s 2019 symposium, “The Green New Deal: Examining Climate Change in the Business Context.”