News Archive

July 26, 2017

Professors Julia Mahoney and Saikrishna Prakash of the University of Virginia School of Law have recently been elected as members of the American Law Institute.

July 24, 2017

A new initiative led by faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law aspires to understand the obstacles that prevent criminal justice reform from advancing in the state, and move change forward.

July 19, 2017

A new book penned by two University of Virginia School of Law students details the history of the University’s Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, the oldest student organization on Grounds, of which Edgar Allan Poe and Woodrow W

July 13, 2017

The question of how to stem the nation’s opioid epidemic now has a major detailed response.

July 12, 2017

In his time, composer Giuseppe Verdi had to navigate censorship. He also gave voice to a people’s aspirations and helped shape a nation, said University of Virginia School of Law professor A. E. Dick Howard.

July 11, 2017

For the first time, a new online database curated by the University of Virginia School of Law Library compiles the preparatory documents for nine international human rights conventions created by the United Nations.

July 7, 2017

UVA Lawyer catches up with what alumni are doing 5, 10, 15 and 25 years out of law school.

July 6, 2017

New research from the University of Virginia School of Law, which is a partner in the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensics Evidence, or CSAFE, suggests that jurors have good reason to question what they'

July 5, 2017

Everyone who works for Neiman-Marcus receives an employee discount, but for senior vice president and general counsel Tracy Preston ’91, there’s an added benefit — and a challenge — that comes once a year.

June 30, 2017

A group of Virginia law professors assembled by University of Virginia Law professor A. E.

June 30, 2017

This year, for the first time, the University of Virginia School of Law presented the LL.M. Graduation Award, recognizing an outstanding LL.M. student. The award went to Jacqueline Jennifer Bronsdon.

June 28, 2017

Melody Barnes, a former White House Domestic Policy Council director, has joined the University of Virginia School of Law as a distinguished fellow.

June 27, 2017

Calling all armchair historians: The University of Virginia School of Law Library has begun a crowdsourcing initiative to transcribe centuries of handwritten legal history, and seeks your help.

June 26, 2017

For both poets and lawyers, words are their stock-in-trade. Yet the two types of writers differ in how they express language.

Annie Kim ’99, UVA Law’s assistant dean for public service and director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service, would make a counterargument.

June 23, 2017

Chances are good that someday you will receive a package via drone, courtesy of Amazon Prime Air and Jeff Immel ’12. Immel, who joined the Seattle-based company as counsel in November 2015, is helping to address legal challenges for drone delivery.

June 21, 2017

Crystal Shin, a 2010 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law with experience in child advocacy and special education law, will be the new director of the Program in Law and Public Service, starting July 1.

June 20, 2017

Prominent national security scholars and other experts, including former and current government officials, convened at the University of Virginia School of Law for the 25th National Security Law Institute earlier this month to di

June 16, 2017

J. Warren Gorrell Jr. '79 is CEO emeritus and partner at Hogan Lovells, former chairman of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), and former co-CEO of Hogan Lovells.

June 15, 2017

Health law expert Dayna Matthew, a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and former assistant professor here, will return to UVA Law as a full professor, starting in the fall.

June 13, 2017

Much like the university where it's made its home, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School can trace its roots back to America's Founding Fathers.

June 12, 2017

After the 2008 landslide election of Barack Obama, many declared that racial barriers in the United States had finally fallen. Yet today the future of race relations feels uncertain for many, with the country facing a seeming rise of racially motivated violence and hate speech.

June 9, 2017

Catherine Baylin Duryea was studying Middle Eastern history and culture at American University in Cairo in 2009 when she learned that one of her classmates had been arrested.

Duryea found herself swept up in an organizing effort working for her classmate’s release.

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.

June 6, 2017

Litigator Andrea Neuman '90 of Gibson Dunn has made a name for herself handling high-stakes national and international cases.

June 5, 2017

A recently expanded database offering the world’s largest collection of legal documents related to corporate crime is launching today at the University of Virginia School of Law.

June 2, 2017

Adrienne Penta, senior vice president and executive director of the Brown Brothers Harriman Center for Women & Wealth and a 2003 graduate of UVA Law, shared her philosophies on wealth-building in a UVA Lawyer Q&A.

June 1, 2017

The track record for new sports leagues is hit-or-miss. A few, like the American Football League, make it. Most — recall, if you can, the United States Football League or XFL — don’t. Sports super-agent Don Yee ’87 thinks he has an idea that can beat the odds.

May 31, 2017

Judge Carlton Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a protector of the hard-earned rights of the people in his state.

May 31, 2017

Five University of Virginia School of Law professors presented papers at the American Law and Economics Association annual meeting earlier this month.

May 30, 2017

Associate Professor Andrew Hayashi of the University of Virginia School of Law has had a paper accepted to the 2017 Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum.

May 29, 2017

Rep. A. Donald McEachin ’86, newly elected to congress from Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, has been in the majority and he has been in the minority — and he will freely tell you that being in the majority is better.

May 28, 2017

In the UVA Law professor’s hypothetical baseball game, a batter hits a ground ball sharply up the middle. The second baseman fields it and flips to first, but his throw goes high and wide, hitting a fan in the stands and causing severe injury. Has the second baseman committed a tort?

May 26, 2017

Emerson Stevens, a client of the University of Virginia School of Law Innocence Project, walked out of the Greensville Correctional Center on May 19 a free man, though he is not yet cleared of the crime for which he was convicted.

May 25, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law experts are available to speak to the media about U.S. Supreme Court decisions as the 2016 term wraps up.

May 25, 2017

Other bands might break up due to ego clashes, spats over publishing rights or any number of other sticking points filed under the category of "creative differences."

May 24, 2017

Several graduates of the Class of 2017 reflected on how they bonded with best friends they met at the University of Virginia School of Law.

May 23, 2017

Often criticized for its perceived political leanings, the U.S.

May 22, 2017

The Supreme Court today released a decision that will significantly curb so-called "forum-shopping" in patent infringement cases, handing a win to a legal team that includes John Duffy, a University of Virginia School of Law professor.

May 21, 2017

When life asks you to lead the cafeteria committee, you should open up your briefcase, take out some humility and gladly serve. That was a life lesson 2017 commencement speaker Catherine Keating, the president and CEO of investment firm Commonfund, shared with graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law on Sunday. She used the concept of a briefcase's contents to illustrate what qualities graduates should take with them into the working world.

May 19, 2017

One-stop shopping for the Class of 2017 graduation commencement: ceremony details, graduates' stories, a 360° view of the Lawn and speaker Catherine Keating '87.

May 18, 2017

Casey Trombley-Shapiro Jonas, an enthusiastic advocate for women's rights who will participate in commencement at the University of Virginia School of Law on Sunday, chose to add a sweet little challenge to her three-year law school experience.

May 17, 2017

Gulardi Nurbintoro, a 2014 LL.M. graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law who is completing his S.J.D. here, will clerk at the International Court of Justice, the primary judicial branch of the United Nations, in the upcoming year.

May 17, 2017

Robert S. Mueller III, a 1973 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover, has been appointed as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and ties to the Donald Trump campaign.

May 16, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed A. Benjamin Spencer, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. 

May 16, 2017

Amber Strickland, a third-year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law, has won the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.

May 15, 2017

During her career, Catherine M. Keating, a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, has been in charge of hundreds of billions of dollars in investment assets for clients.

May 12, 2017

Helen Hardiman and Kim Rolla, 2013 graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law, have a message for any company in Virginia that seeks to take advantage of a new government program to redevelop old public housing for low-income residents: Follow the law, or face a challenge.

May 11, 2017

How liability insurance law is understood and applied for years to come will be the subject of debate at this month's annual meeting of the American Law Institute, when the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance comes up for final approval.

May 10, 2017

As clean energy, climate policy and the Atlantic Coast pipeline crowded headlines about the environment this year, the work of students in the University of Virginia School of Law's Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic followed in step.

May 9, 2017

Ajani Brown first became interested in the idea of pursuing law as a career in high school, when he volunteered at the Legal Aid Clinic of Northwest Texas. The would-be clients were grateful to him just for filling out preliminary forms to hand to an attorney.

May 8, 2017

It was 1957, and Janet Lauck was sticking to her guns. She was the latest law student to be “browbeat” by a certain New York City law firm partner who taught a trusts and estates seminar at UVA.

Former classmate John Shroyer ’57 recalled it this way: “This guy was really something, he was a holy terror. But she stood right up to him — I thought it was just great. And he backed off — and he didn’t always back off. But I think he realized Janet was not the kind of person he could walk over.”

Lauck, now Janet Lauck Blakeman, impressed many of her classmates as one of two women to enter UVA Law in 1954, a time when few women attended law school anywhere in the United States. Women studying at UVA were limited to attending some graduate schools, and the nursing and education schools.

May 5, 2017

Ask them what they're doing this summer, and you won't get a tepid response. They're among the "woke" generation, and they're fired up about doing their part for civil rights.

May 5, 2017

Students in Section H at the University of Virginia School of Law were awarded the inaugural Goluboff Cup last week.

May 4, 2017

During her first week of law school, Jasmine Esmailbegui went to the annual student activities fair and signed up for every organization that promoted women's interests and LGBT affinity.

May 4, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law professor Frederick Schauer will deliver the HLA Hart Memorial Lecture at Oxford's University College on May 9 at 5 p.m.

May 3, 2017

UVA Lawyer profiles leaders and scholars in higher education and explores how the Law School prepares graduates to excel in the field.

May 2, 2017

The University of Virginia School of Law and the UVA Darden School of Business piloted a new faculty exchange program this year meant to give graduates from both schools an edge in the business world.

May 1, 2017

The University of Virginia School of Law's grant program supporting students who will work in the public interest over the summer will offer 137 students $568,500 in funding, a new high on both counts.

April 28, 2017

Meet six members of the University of Virginia School of Law's graduating Class of 2017 who also happen to be siblings.

April 27, 2017

Professor Leslie Kendrick, a 2006 alumna of the University of Virginia School of Law, has earned UVA's All-University Teaching Award. She was nominated by former students who say she reached them on a deeper level.

April 27, 2017

Duke, Harvard, Michigan, Rhodes College, Yale: The University of Virginia's undergraduate mock trial team defeated them all in head-to-head competition to win the National Championship Tournament last weekend in Los Angeles.

April 26, 2017

Exam season can be a stressful time of year for law students — but it doesn't have to be. Here are the best tips and stories about exams we've produced on the University of Virginia School of Law website over the years.

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 25, 2017

Professor Robert Sayler thinks we could all use a bit more Aristotle in our lives.

April 24, 2017

In a few short moments in January, University of Virginia School of Law graduate Katie Barber '15 went from interviewing with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to learning that she would soon clerk for her.

April 21, 2017

Soon, an online library of 375 books hand-picked by the founder of both the University of Virginia and its School of Law will be one click away.

April 20, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law student Kirsten Jackson '18 received the University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Diversity last week.

April 20, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law professor Micah Schwartzman helped file an amicus brief in IRAP v. Trump, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging the Donald Trump administration's travel ban.

April 19, 2017

Professor Stephen L. Braga, director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, will take on an additional role as director of clinical programs.

April 18, 2017

Richard Balnave first realized he wanted to be a lawyer while working as a teacher.

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.

April 13, 2017

Students at the University of Virginia School of Law picked up several awards at moot court competitions across the country this semester.

April 13, 2017

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, this year's recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, said in a talk Thursday at the University of Virginia School of Law that the pursuit of justice is inextricable from the pursuit of truth, and that lawyers carry a special burden because of it.

April 12, 2017

Author John Grisham and Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick will host and facilitate a discussion among five Virginians who were wrongfully convicted of serious crimes during an April 19 fundraiser at the University of Virginia School of Law.

April 11, 2017

Softball teams from 51 law schools journeyed to Charlottesville to compete in the 34th annual North Grounds Softball League Invitational this weekend, an event that raised $25,000 for charity.

April 10, 2017

After almost 50 years of studying and teaching nearly every angle of domestic tax law, Professor Thomas R. White III maintains that "tax law is the most interesting and relevant course in law school."

April 7, 2017

Helping others achieve academic success is nothing new to the latest Rosenbloom Award recipient.

A former teacher, University of Virginia School of Law student Andrew Manns '17 is being honored for helping his peers with their academic work.

April 6, 2017

For the first time, the University of Virginia School of Law fielded a team for the International and European Tax Moot Court competition in Belgium, and took home several top prizes.

April 5, 2017

The University of Virginia School of Law's tax faculty are known for converting students who are fearful of studying tax into fans of the field. They're also among the nation's top scholars, collectively making the school's tax program one of the best in the nation.

April 4, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law students and local attorneys are launching an effort to teach men at a local halfway house about their rights.

April 3, 2017

Former student commissioners of the North Grounds Softball League at UVA Law share tales from the diamond in honor of NGSL’s 40th anniversary.

March 31, 2017

During the impassioned student discussions in Purcell Reading Room, you don't hear cries of “fascist!” or “snowflake!” Nobody’s hurling accusations. This, after all, is a law school — one with a well-earned reputation for collegiality.

March 30, 2017

The 109th Libel Show debuts tonight at the University of Virginia School of Law with the 1980s-themed "Libel's Day Off."

The annual staged send-up of Law School life, which features musical numbers and skits, runs through Saturday in Caplin Auditorium. Each performance starts at 7 p.m.

March 29, 2017

Third-year University of Virginia School of Law students Tuba Ahmed and Kyle Cole found their differences offered the right combination of strengths to win the 88th William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition held Saturday.

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.

March 27, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law professor George Rutherglen is providing pro bono legal representation to a seriously ill prisoner in a lawsuit that highlights the challenges of treating inmates for hepatitis C.

March 24, 2017

A murder victim's weighted-down body defies physics and floats 10 miles — upstream.

March 23, 2017

A law firm is considering taking on new clients. They've been asked to represent two officers accused in a high-profile police brutality case. The firm is also considering taking on the police benevolence association in their area — a potential $10 million contract.

March 22, 2017

Experts in criminal justice and mental health will gather for a symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law on March 29 in Caplin Pavilion to analyze how the police and courts deal with mental illness in Virginia.

March 22, 2017

Update: The Senate confirmed Judge Thapar to the U.S. Sixth Circuit on May 25.

March 21, 2017

Gannam Rifkah ’17 went to New Orleans for spring break, but it wasn’t a vacation. Instead, he scoured hours of police body camera footage to look for Fourth Amendment violations.

March 20, 2017

William Minor Lile, the first dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, insisted that law students be well trained in the practical side of their profession.

March 17, 2017

Librarians at the University of Virginia School of Law have collaborated on a new website that compiles a comprehensive dossier of opinions, publications and speeches on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

March 16, 2017

The University of Virginia is releasing a new book that tells the story of the Law School through its buildings, one by one, while making no attempt to put a fig leaf on history.

March 15, 2017

The Sunshine State's recent attempt to gag doctors from advising patients that guns may be hazardous to their health — a rule an appeals court ultimately shot down Feb.

March 15, 2017

Jim Donovan, an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and a managing director of Goldman Sachs, has been nominated to fill the post of deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department.

March 14, 2017

The challenges facing Southern Africa are worlds away from Charlottesville, Virginia, but a recent trip to the region by eight University of Virginia School of Law students brought the everyday concerns facing Zambians to life.

March 14, 2017

Judge Barbara A. Coppeto, a 1958 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and one of only two women in her class, died on Jan. 5. Copetto was a pioneer for women in law, serving as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court from 1981-2001, and senior judge from 2001-15.

March 13, 2017

The Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law won National Chapter of the Year honors at the organization's national conference in Houston last week.

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