Explore the milestones and achievements of the 2018-19 school year at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Amanda Lineberry ’19 and Kendall Burchard ’19 won a rare double appeal for an Appellate Litigation Clinic client after presenting oral argument at the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018. In a separate case, clinic students Thomas Howard ’19, Alicia Penn ’19 and Marie Hanewinckel ’19 prevailed for their client in an employment discrimination lawsuit at the Fourth Circuit in April.
The U.S. Supreme Court cited professors at UVA Law more than any other school’s faculty in the past two terms, according to a study of academic journal citations. Professor Caleb Nelson led all authors with six citations, while Professor Saikrishna Prakash was cited four times.
Virginia Del. Danica Roem, the first openly transgender elected state lawmaker in the U.S., spoke at the Ele(Q)t Project symposium in October. The event was designed to inspire LGBT community members to seek office.
A team co-led by Professor Paul Stephan ’77 completed the fourth restatement of foreign relations law. His six-year effort was recognized with the Law School’s Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award. Michael Livermore won the Carl McFarland Prize for junior faculty scholarship in the spring.
A $50,000 matching-fund challenge to prospective donors was one of the highlights of a fundraiser for the Virginia Innocence Project Pro Bono Clinic that featured Jason Flom, attorney Dean Strang ’85, attorney Jarrett Adams and clinic client Darnell Phillips.
UVA Law ranked in the top 10 of The Princeton Review’s five most competitive categories for 2019, including No. 1 in Best Quality of Life and Best Professors, No. 2 Best Classroom Experience, and No. 4 Best Career Prospects. Also, UVA Law’s Class of 2018 was ranked the best in the nation at landing elite jobs.
The Serpentine Society recognized two alumni for their efforts on behalf of the LGBT community at UVA and beyond. U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney ’92 garnered the group’s Bernard D. Mayes Award, while Cordel Faulk ’01, UVA Law’s assistant dean and chief admissions officer, received the 2018 Serpentine Society Outstanding Service Award.
Students with a passion for fighting injustice are able to gain experience doing so through the new Civil Rights Clinic. Two instructors, Adeola Ogunkeyede and Kim Rolla ’13, stand with student Taylor Mitchell ’20, center.
Faculty worked for the greater good: John Duffy and Michael Livermore were appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States. Michal Barzuza was named a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Dayna Bowen Matthew ’87 was chosen for a leadership program to develop solutions to combat racial disparities in hospitals. Richard Bonnie ’69 chaired a National Academies report on adolescent brain development. UVA recognized Julia Mahoney’s instruction on the 2008 financial crisis with an inaugural public service award.
Standout students achieved a variety of recognition. Michele St Julien ’20, above, received this year’s Gregory H. Swanson Award. J.D.-MBA candidate Rachel Barnes ’21 was elected vice chair of the National Black Law Students Association. Irina Danescu ’20, Manal Cheema ’20 and Clay Davis ’19 were semifinalists in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition. William Hall ’19 and Nicholas Allen ’20 were honored for their high GPAs. Campbell Haynes ’19 will pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at China’s Tsinghua University as one of UVA’s three Schwarzman Scholars.
Graduates in the Class of 1990 reported 91 percent career and life satisfaction in a new study published in January in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Professor John Monahan has tracked the progress of the class for almost 30 years.
Douglas Laycock completed the final three volumes of “Religious Liberty.” G. Edward White’s third and final installment in his “Law in American History” series focused on change in the 20th century. Co-authored for the first time by A. Benjamin Spencer, Volume 5A of Wright & Miller’s “Federal Practice and Procedure” was published. Kimberly Kessler Ferzan co-authored “Reflections on Crime and Culpability: Problems and Puzzles.” Paul B. Stephan ’77, Pierre-Hugues Verdier and Mila Versteeg co-edited “Comparative International Law,” and Michael Livermore co-edited “Law as Data.” Cynthia Nicoletti’s “Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis” won the Cromwell Book Prize.
During winter, the Law School had its share of snow — and snowmen.
Students in the yearlong Human Rights Study Project trekked through Nepal in January, a trip made possible through a gift from David Burke ’93, the chief executive officer of Makena Capital Management.
“Common Law,” a podcast sponsored by the UVA Law and hosted by Dean Risa Goluboff and Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick ’06, launched in February. Two other podcasts also kicked off: The Admissions Office talked to diverse members of the UVA Law community about getting in and thriving in “Law Schooled,” and the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center began “Let’s Talk Public Service.”
The third annual Shaping Justice conference honored Chinh Q. Lee ’00 and Julia Pierce ’98 with the Shaping Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement, and Michelle Harrison ’12 with the Shaping Justice Rising Star Award. Larry Krasner, district attorney of Philadelphia, delivered the keynote.
In songs and skits, students lampooned life as a law student in the 111th Libel Show.
From technology’s impact on democracy to corporate responsibility and shareholder activism, events at the school reflected the changing state of law and its impact on society.
Five professors’ law review articles were honored as being among the top law review articles of the year in their fields: Molly Brady for land use law, George Geis for corporate and securities law, Deborah Hellman for philosophy of law, Leslie Kendrick ’06 for First Amendment law, and Richard Schragger for environmental law. Brady was also co-winner of the 2019 Scholarly Papers Competition sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools.
The Law School community celebrated the Virginia men’s basketball team during a historic Final Four run en route to a national championship in April, and Dean Risa Goluboff and Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick ’06, along with President Jim Ryan ’92, attended the final game to cheer on the team.
A Virginia General Assembly decision in April effectively wrapped up a multiyear campaign led by UVA Law alumni and spearheaded by the Legal Aid Justice Center to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court fees and costs. In another LAJC effort, alumni and students won an injunction to enforce adequate health care for female prisoners in Fluvanna.
Students traveled abroad to share and increase their knowledge. Students with the International Human Rights Clinic traveled to Geneva in April to present their research at sessions of a U.N. committee on migrants. Clinic students visited Colombia to research legal remedies for the nation’s air pollution crisis. A group of 16 students traveled to Israel to learn more about how the nation’s laws shape its entrepreneurial culture.
Students and alumni gave back through public service. UVA Law’s grant program supporting summer public interest work gave out a record $703,370 to 166 students; they are among many other students whose work is funded by fellowships and awards. Clayton “Tex” Pasley ’17 was named the 18th Powell Fellow in Legal Services, and will work on housing issues in Chicago. Lindsay Gorman ’21 and Jennifer Kelso ’21 were named 2018 recipients of the Virginia Public Service Scholarship.
The UVA Law community mourned Professor Emeritus Walter Wadlington, an expert in family law, law and medicine, medical malpractice and children in the legal system who was known for his kindness and influence as an academic.
Members of the Class of 2019 notched notable achievements: Katharine Collins and Christopher Macomber won the 90th William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition; A. Cameron Duncan and David Goldman were named this year’s recipients of the Rosenbloom Award; and Kendall Burchard, Aparna Datta, Amanda Lineberry and Jianne McDonald were named this year’s Ritter Scholars.
This year’s Law Alumni Weekend attracted more than 1,200 guests.