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November 17, 2017

Thirty years after the University of Virginia School of Law acquired a trove of legal documents from Scotland’s Court of Session, the supreme legal court there, the Law School’s Arthur J.

November 15, 2017

UVA Law professors Rich Schragger and Molly Brady, and Yishai Blank, professor of law at Tel-Aviv University, discuss if cities have — or should have — free speech rights that override restrictive state laws.

November 14, 2017

UVA Law professor Brandon Garrett delivers a chair lecture on his new book, "End of Its Rope," to mark his appointment as the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs. "End of Its Rope" describes analyses of hand-collected national data on death sentences from 1990 to 2016.

November 13, 2017

Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed delivered the McCorkle Lecture on "Black Citizenship, Law, and the Founding."

November 13, 2017

The Student Legal Forum at the University of Virginia School of Law, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has hosted an impressive list of influential public figures over time.

November 10, 2017

In a ceremony at the Pentagon on July 26, Charles Pede ’87 was sworn in as the 40th judge advocate general of the Army. The ceremony also marked Pede’s promotion from brigadier general to lieutenant general.

November 8, 2017

UVA Law professor Barbara Armacost gives an overview of the police response to the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville on Aug. 11-12. She also describes her experiences as a legal observer during the protests.

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?

November 7, 2017

In theory, helping indigent clients with their legal needs while providing experience to lawyers-in-training is an idea that few would oppose. 

November 3, 2017

As a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Tim Heaphy ’91 put them in prison. Now a partner with Hunton & Williams, Heaphy recently started The Fountain Fund to help them when they get out.

November 3, 2017

Former Law School Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. '73 received the University of Virginia's Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in scholarship at Fall Convocation ceremonies Friday.

November 2, 2017

A former appointee to the Securities and Exchange Commission and dean of two law schools, Isaac C. Hunt Jr., a 1962 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, died Sunday, in Washington, D.C. He was 80.

November 2, 2017

Faculty, students, alumni and staff contributed to the 2017 #UVALawDay, a day in the life of the Virginia Law community.

November 2, 2017

A panel of UVA Law faculty advises 1L students on selecting electives for their spring semester. The panel features UVA Law professors Deborah Hellman, George Geis and Crystal Shin, and Dean Risa Goluboff.

November 1, 2017

Trevor McFadden '06, a former Justice Department official who was recently confirmed to the District Court for the District of Columbia, will be the keynote speaker for the 30th annual Sokol Colloquium on Private International Law at the University of Virginia School of Law on Nov. 10.

November 1, 2017

No matter what the Russia investigation might find, Special Counsel Robert Mueller '73 is expected to conduct the probe as he has always gone about his work — conscientiously.

October 30, 2017

Richard Merrill, the seventh dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, died Thursday of Parkinson’s Disease at age 80.

October 28, 2017

Dean Risa Goluboff of the University of Virginia School of Law has won the John Phillip Reid Book Award from the American Society for Legal History for “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s.”

October 26, 2017

A panel of journalists discusses challenges they face in reporting truthfully and objectively.

October 25, 2017

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a housing crisis and a flawed welfare program have left tens of thousands of citizens living in slums. Cecelia Dieuzeide, an Argentine lawyer, human rights advocate and now student in the University of Virginia School of Law, is fighting to change that.

October 23, 2017

Risa Goluboff, dean of the School of Law and chair of the Deans Working Group, reflects on Aug. 11-12, the academic issues those events raise, and the University’s response to them.

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.

October 20, 2017

Ed Whalen, co-author of “Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived,” and UVA Law professors Aditya Bamzai and John Duffy, all former Justice Antonin Scalia law clerks, discuss how Scalia’s speeches reflected his personality and writing style outside the Supreme Court.

October 20, 2017

A symposium panel of experts looks at what happens when the federal government deregulates environmental protections and states and organizations step in to fill the gap.

October 19, 2017
John Lowe, a University of Virginia alumnus and the attorney who argued successfully for full coeducation at the University of Virginia, died last weekend due to complications from an enlarged aorta. He was 80.
October 17, 2017

Adam Sorensen earned the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence for graduating with the highest GPA in the Class of 2017. He recently shared some of his secrets for academic and early-career success.

October 16, 2017

How is dialogue about politics possible when people disagree not only about values and policy, but also about the relevant facts reported by the media?

October 16, 2017

Why wasn’t Confederate President Jefferson Davis ever tried for treason?

October 16, 2017

UVA Law Professor Cynthia Nicoletti discusses her new book, "Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis." The book focuses on the post-Civil War treason prosecution of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, which was seen as a test case on the major question that animated the

October 13, 2017

Zack McDermott was 26 when he suffered his first major psychotic break, complete with hallucinations and the belief that he was on a television show about his life.

The 2008 University of Virginia School of Law graduate was a public defender in New York City at the time.

October 13, 2017

As the U.S. administration has moved toward deregulating federal environmental protections, states and other groups have pledged to uphold them. A symposium sponsored by the Virginia Environmental Law Journal on Oct. 19 in Caplin Pavilion will look at the issues involved in Virginia and at the grassroots level.

October 11, 2017

Kirstjen Michele Nielsen, a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, will be nominated as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the White House said Wednesday.

October 10, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law Dean Risa Goluboff has won the American Historical Association's 2017 Littleton-Griswold Prize, the third major award for her recent book, “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s.”

October 6, 2017

Recent DNA testing on the garments of a child rape victim identified “touch DNA” profiles that exclude Darnell Phillips, the client of the University of Virginia School of Law Innocence Project Clinic who is currently serving 100 years in prison for the 1990 crime.

October 5, 2017

Lisa Friel ’83, senior vice president and special counsel for investigations at the NFL, discusses her investigations into player conduct.

October 5, 2017

A panel of experts from the worlds of professional and collegiate sports discuss the complexities of investigating athletes for alleged wrongdoing, including acts that may take place off the playing field, as well as other issues related to legal compliance.

October 5, 2017

Two members of the Class of 2020 at the University of Virginia School of Law — Manal Cheema of Sharon, Massachusetts, and Suzanne Deuster of Milwaukee, Wisconsin — are recipients of the inaugural Virginia Public Service Scholarship.

October 4, 2017

Cynthia C. Hogan, vice president for public policy for the Americas at Apple Inc., will deliver the 2018 University of Virginia School of Law commencement speech at the Law School’s graduation ceremony May 20. She is a 1984 alumna of the Law School.

October 2, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law faculty listed here are available to speak to the media about the 2017-18 Supreme Court term. The list will be updated as more cases are announced.

October 2, 2017

Two University of Virginia School of Law students were recently honored for having the top grade-point averages among their classmates.

Daniel Richardson ’18 was awarded the Jackson Walker LLP Award, given to the student with the highest GPA after four semesters.

September 29, 2017

Update: John Lowe died Oct. 15. In Memoriam

September 28, 2017

Justices on Thursday agreed to hear the latest case brought by the University of Virginia School of Law Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, City of Hays v. Vogt, which seeks to better define when and under what circumstances Fifth Amendment rights apply.

September 28, 2017

The University of Virginia School of Law received the inaugural Champion of Justice Award from the Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center at an event Saturday evening celebrating the center’s 50th anniversary.

September 27, 2017

Students at the University of Virginia have been relying on support from within the Law School community as a way to move forward following last month’s bigoted demonstrations that led to violence.

September 26, 2017

The Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law started off with one client it hoped to represent before the U.S. Supreme Court.

September 26, 2017

Lisa M. Friel, special counsel to the NFL and a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, will be among experts at a symposium Monday that will focus, in part, on how investigations of accused athletes unfold.

September 22, 2017

Neil Eggleston, now a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, speaks about the presidency and his experiences in the Obama administration as White House counsel.

September 21, 2017

Third-year University of Virginia School of Law student William “Billy” Phalen has landed a fall internship with the legal office of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany.

September 21, 2017

Professor Brandon Garrett joins Karen Newirth, senior staff attorney, Innocence Project; Judge Robert Kane, former Massachusetts Superior Court judge; Darrel Stephens, executive director, Major City Chiefs Association; and Tom Albright, director of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in a discussion on the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

September 20, 2017

Jeremy Bennie, Kirsten Jackson, Scott Shermetaro and Phoebe Willis have been named 2017-18 Ritter Scholars at the University of Virginia School of Law.

September 19, 2017

The Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law recently won a case argued before the Virginia Corporation Commission on behalf of an environmental advocacy group who alleged that a power company’s proposed service option would have been a bad deal for consumers.

September 19, 2017

Professors A. E. Dick Howard, Barbara Armacost, Michael Gilbert and Micah Schwartzman discuss key cases from the recent U.S. Supreme Court term, and look ahead to the coming year.

September 18, 2017

Statistically speaking, capital punishment has one foot in the grave.

September 15, 2017

James E. Ryan, a 1992 graduate and former professor of the University of Virginia School of Law, has been chosen as the next president of the University of Virginia. His term begins Oct. 1, 2018.

September 14, 2017

University of Virginia professors convened a panel discussion at the Law School on Tuesday meant to help students make sense of what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 11 and 12.

September 13, 2017

Buoyed by increased funding for summer public service jobs, a growing number of second-year students at the University of Virginia School of Law are spending both their first and second summers working in public interest roles. Meet four students on their way to public service careers.

September 12, 2017

The next Supreme Court term could see “bolts of thunder and lightning,” compared to “an uncommonly quiet” term last year due to the lack of a ninth justice, said A. E.

September 11, 2017

The University of Virginia working group of deans and other community members charged with assessing the events of Aug. 11 has released a new report analyzing the University's response and recommending changes to the school's policies.

September 8, 2017

Professor Benjamin Spencer, one of the nation's leading experts in civil procedure, teaches incoming law students about the life of a case.

September 7, 2017

Professor Molly Shadel speaks to incoming law students about preparing for class.

September 7, 2017

The Class of 2020 included a record number of recipients of the prestigious Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarships. This year, 43 students were awarded the scholarship, which offers full tuition to a select group of incoming students at the University of Virginia School of Law.

September 6, 2017

Professor Toby Heytens teaches a sample class at orientation to incoming law students.

September 6, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law professor Molly Bishop Shadel is one of four law professors leading a new class offered by The Great Courses, Law School for Everyone.

August 31, 2017

Farah Peterson, a legal historian whose focus has been statutory interpretation, will join the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in January as an associate professor.

August 31, 2017

Professors at the University of Virginia School of Law are challenging the legal case for keeping the Robert E. Lee statue and other Confederate monuments that helped spark the protests in Charlottesville on Aug. 11-12.

August 29, 2017

UVA Law professor Kimberly Kessler Ferzan's seminal work explores criminal intent by connecting criminal law theory with the philosophy of the mind. 

August 25, 2017

UVA Law’s Office of Student Affairs recently launched a new community-building program for first-year students that emphasizes working together across differences.

August 23, 2017

Members of the Class of 2020 are starting their legal careers and looking forward to building a tight-knit community as they head into the classroom today at the University of Virginia School of Law.

August 22, 2017

Zane Memeger '91, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and current partner at Morgan Lewis, delivered the annual orientation welcome address to members of the Class of 2020.