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January 18, 2018

John Tunney '59, former U.S. senator and inspiration for a Robert Redford film, honed his public-speaking skills at UVA Law.

January 17, 2018

Jay Jones ’15, the youngest member of the Virginia House of Delegates, discusses his time at UVA Law, his family’s legacy of public service and what millennials can contribute to politics.

January 15, 2018

The University of Virginia School of Law will posthumously honor Gregory Hayes Swanson, the first African-American enrollee at UVA and UVA Law, on Feb. 5 with a special ceremony that will bestow an inaugural award named after him, feature the unveiling of his portrait and present history related to his life.

January 12, 2018

The Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law has secured the conditional release of man serving a 132-year sentence for a robbery the clinic says he didn’t commit.

January 11, 2018

A two-day symposium at UVA Law will explore the 50-year legal legacy of Loving v. Virginia, which struck down state bans on interracial marriage.

January 10, 2018

LL.M. and S.J.D. students from Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Kuwait, Panama, Thailand and Vietnam describe their experience in the Graduate Studies program at UVA Law in their own words.

January 9, 2018

Professor Aditya Bamzai will present oral argument as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 16.

January 9, 2018

Family, friends and the UVA Law community memorialize Richard Austin Merrill, seventh dean of the Law School, who died Oct. 26, 2017.

January 9, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law Professor Toby J. Heytens has been named the next solicitor general of Virginia.

January 8, 2018

Jeffrey Kerr ’87 has won the Shaping Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement, and Kim Rolla ’13 and Jeree Thomas ’11 are co-recipients of the Shaping Justice Rising Star Award. They will be honored at the second annual Shaping Justice conference in February.

January 5, 2018

A pair of third-year University of Virginia School of Law students recently argued a case in St. Croix that may help decide appeals jurisdiction.

December 28, 2017

The NCAA has hired veteran litigator Beth Wilkinson ’87 to play defense in a class-action lawsuit.

December 26, 2017

Though it has so far received less attention than the Trump administration’s “travel ban,” another executive order seeking to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities is also facing legal challenges, one of them filed by Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes ’84 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

December 19, 2017

Judges handed the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law a win on Monday in the first case it argued this year.

December 18, 2017

Halima Nguyen, a third-year student enrolled in UVA’s Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic, worked on an amicus brief for the Mattaponi tribe in a lawsuit over a Virginia transmission line project.

December 15, 2017

Dean Risa Goluboff and Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick of the University of Virginia School of Law have been recently elected as members of the American Law Institute, increasing the number of UVA Law professors affiliated with ALI to 25.

December 14, 2017

Taylor Fitchett will retire this month as only the third full-time director of the Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law. In two decades, she has built a modern collection with millions of assets and a full-service, 26-member staff possessing extensive legal research training.

December 12, 2017

Based on the National Law Journal’s analysis of clerk hires from 2005 to 2017, the University of Virginia School of Law is No. 4 nationally in law school feeders with 32 clerks.

December 11, 2017

Cory Sagduyu, a third-year University of Virginia School of Law student, has received a Skadden Fellowship to work on behalf of immigrant victims of workplace abuses.

December 8, 2017

In the quest for a charismatic leader who can articulate a vision, UVA has found someone who doesn’t claim to have all the answers but can ask some pretty engaging questions.

December 7, 2017

Crystal Shin '10, director of the Program in Law and Public Service, discusses the features of the program.

December 7, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law students are learning to think like high-level wonks in a new policy simulation course taught by UVA Law Distinguished Fellow Melody Barnes, who worked for the Obama administration.

December 6, 2017

Jason Dugas '01, UVA Law's assistant dean for academic services and the registrar, explains the "fixed" exam process.

December 5, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law faculty shared a few of the books they will be reading over winter break, as well as their favorite books of 2017.

December 4, 2017

The University of Virginia School of Law reflects on the top 20 stories of 2017.

December 1, 2017

The second annual Shaping Justice conference, aimed at inspiring students and lawyers to promote justice through public service, will take place Feb. 2-3 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

November 30, 2017

Retired Supreme Court of Virginia Justice John Charles Thomas '75, Virginia B. Theisen of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and retired U.S. Judge James R. Spencer teach the seminar Appellate Practice.

November 29, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law professor Richard Bonnie delivered a preliminary report on Monday urging Virginia’s state legislators to prioritize community mental health services in 2018.

November 28, 2017

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Virginia School of Law share what they are thankful for.

November 28, 2017

We asked students, faculty and alumni for their top tips for preparing and taking exams.

November 27, 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.

November 27, 2017

However you think of fall, for students at the University of Virginia School of Law, the school’s location — at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains — makes the season a vibrant part of the graduate experience. Reminisce on this autumn with our photo tour of the Law School landscape.

November 21, 2017

A panel of national security experts discusses what actions constitute a "cyber attack," when a state can respond to a cyber attack through the use of armed force and how the Law of Armed Conflict applies to cyber attacks and state responses.  The panel consists of Col. Gary Corn, staff judge advocate to the United States Cyber Command; retired Col. Gary Brown, former staff judge advocate to the United States Cyber Command; retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr., executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University; and Capt. Todd Huntley, faculty at the Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.

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. Morris Law Library is building a digital archive and reaching out to partners “across the pond” to open these legal history materials to scholars and the public. When complete, the archive will provide users with access to the previously hidden histories of people living through an era of profound change.

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 13, 2017

Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed, an expert on Thomas Jefferson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history for her work on Sally Hemings' family, delivered the McCorkle Lecture on Thursday at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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

Tim Phillips '97 is general counsel and assistant secretary of The American Cancer Society Inc. and the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network Inc.

November 7, 2017

Learn about 15 alumni of the University of Virginia School of Law who are leaders in the nonprofit world.

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

Ten years ago, Allegra Nethery ’95 faced a professional crossroads. A labor and employment law partner at Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, she had begun to find her work unfulfilling and decided to leave the firm to explore other career options. She wanted to do something that felt more socially focused and began taking classes in nonprofit management, thinking that she might try to join a charitable foundation. A few months into her break, she had lunch with J. Stephen Poor ’80, her former firm’s managing partner. Poor noted that Seyfarth had recently formed its own charitable foundation. Shortly after that meeting, he asked if Nethery would consider running it.

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 3, 2017

Fifty-five recent University of Virginia School of Law alumni are clerking for judges nationwide.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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

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 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 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.