Explore the milestones and achievements of the 2021-22 school year at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Robert Mueller ’73 and the attorneys who led the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election taught a short course in the fall, The Mueller Report and the Role of the Special Counsel.
Faculty scholarship and teaching were awarded or otherwise recognized. Frederick Schauer won the Hart-Dworkin Award in Legal Philosophy, and Rachel Bayefsky won Best Untenured Article on Federal Jurisdiction, from the Association of American Law Schools; Quinn Curtis’ paper was named one of the top 10 corporate and securities articles of 2021; Payvand Ahdout won The Yale Law Journal’s inaugural Emerging Scholar of the Year Award; a paper co-authored by Kristen Eichensehr and Cathy Hwang was accepted to the 2022 Harvard/Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum; and Megan Stevenson and her team received a $200,000 grant to study the hidden long-term effects of incarceration.
The new year started with a snowstorm blanketing North Grounds.
At the 41st Annual Federalist Society National Student Symposium, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin encouraged students and others who wish to make a difference in their communities to get involved at the state government level.
Americans are still taking part in the democratic experiment Thomas Jefferson launched with the Declaration of Independence, said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer upon receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.
Faculty and administrators were recognized for going above and beyond. Professor Rachel Harmon was a recipient of one of this year’s All-University Teaching Awards; Professors Deirdre Enright ’92 and Jennifer L. Givens received a Collaborative Excellence in Public Service Awards; and Jennifer Markham Hulvey, assistant dean for financial aid, was this year’s staff recipient of UVA’s John T. Casteen Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award.
A team of UVA Law students placed second in this year’s International and European Tax Moot Court competition (top).The school’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team advanced to the round of 32 in the international rounds and its written submissions placed third among U.S. teams.
Graduates earned prestigious fellowships: Christopher Benos will pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University as a Class of 2023 Schwarzman Scholar; Nevah Jones will work at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in North Carolina as a Skadden Fellow; and Meredith Kilburn will work with the Education Law Center in Newark, New Jersey, as the 21st Powell Fellow in Legal Services.
With help from a record $801,000 in grants, 167 students will work in public service roles this summer. The school’s Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center awarded $761,000 in UVA Law Public Service Summer Grants and the Public Interest Law Association added an additional $40,000 from the PILA+ program. (Pictured: Grant recipients Scott Chamberlain ’23, Ruby Cherian ’23, Sydney Merritt ’24 and Taleena Nadkarni ’24)