Explore the milestones and achievements of the 2016-17 school year at the University of Virginia School of Law.
The accomplished Class of 2019 officially began its journey in legal studies Aug. 24. Read stories about the class’ Dillard Scholars and how it has the highest concentration of military-affiliated students since the school started keeping track.
A new ranking showed that UVA Law faculty rank No. 3 in the number of professors among the top 100 faculty in the country cited by the judiciary. Three professors — Brandon Garrett, Douglas Laycock and Caleb Nelson — rank among the top 25.
Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon ’85, then the co-chair of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s transition team, discussed the challenges the next president would face on national security.
The 2016 Princeton Review rankings rated UVA Law as No. 1 in quality of life and top five for best professors, classroom experience and career prospects.
From environmental crimes to free speech on campus, the Law School hosted a range of symposia that touched on hot topics, including environmental crimes, expansion of administrative regulations, free speech on campus, human rights scholarship, President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy, conflicts in the Middle East, and criminal justice and mental illness.
Ten years after the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic officially launched in the fall of 2006, the number of cases the clinic has taken on and successfully argued is the envy of any law firm in the nation. In the fall, the Supreme Court will hear the clinic case Epic Systems Inc. v. Lewis, which could have far-reaching implications for class actions, collective bargaining and an employee's right to take his employer to court.
UVA Law students Siarra Rogers and R. Cooper Vaughan touch base with a fruit picker on a Central Virginia farm where he works — part of the yearly outreach the Migrant Farmworker Project provides. The project has been running for more than 30 years.
Faculty books published this year include Kimberly Kessler Ferzan’s “Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael S. Moore”; Kim Forde-Mazrui’s “Racial Justice and Law: Cases and Materials”; John Norton Moore’s “The Presidential Debates: Issues and Questions for the 2016 Election and Beyond”; George Rutherglen’s “Transnational Civil Litigation: Principles and Prospects”; and Richard Schragger’s “City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age.”
The Virginia Law in Prison Project, a new organization launched by students, supports incarcerated people and provides students with a better understanding of the correctional practices behind prison walls.
A total of 150 students have participated in the Externships Program since the program launched in the spring of 2013. This year participants included Emily Reeder '17, who externed for Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Danny Cohen '17, who externed with Sen. Sherrod Brown. More
UVA Law welcomed new faculty members Aditya Bamzai, whose expertise ranges from federal courts to national security; Maureen E. ‘Molly’ Brady, a legal historian and property expert; Cale Jaffe ’01, who leads the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic; and Joshua Fischman, a law and economics scholar who returned to UVA Law from Northwestern. The school also welcomed Lauren Parker '08, formerly commercial litigation and antitrust attorney, to the Career Services office; Kate Duvall ’06, formerly an attorney at the Legal Aid Justice Center, as director of student affairs; and Chris Colby ’04, who joined the Admissions Office as director of admissions after working at the Law School Foundation.
A UVA Law team of alumni, faculty and students challenged Virginia's policy of automatically suspending the driver's licenses of individuals who are willing, but unable, to pay their fines and court costs. Though the case was dismissed by a federal court judge, the team plans to appeal.
“Making a Murderer” attorney Dean Strang '85 returned to UVA Law to co-teach the January Term short course Persuasion. Strang, a defense attorney who was featured prominently in the popular Netflix documentary, spoke about the importance of storytelling.
A banner year for BLSA: The Black Law Students Association won National Chapter of the Year honors at the organization's national conference in Houston in March. A number of students took national leadership offices, and Charis Redmond ’17 reflected on her time as vice chair of the National Black Law Students Association.
The Shaping Justice Conference brought students, alumni and public interest lawyers together Feb. 3-4 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Public Service Center and recognize alumni who are having an impact in their fields.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, this year's recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, said in a lecture in Caplin Auditorium that lawyers carry a unique burden to pursue the truth.
Professor Fred Schauer delivered the acclaimed HLA Hart Memorial Lecture at Oxford in May. Catch up on the recent accomplishments of other faculty, including Kenneth S. Abraham, Stephen Braga, Jonathan Cannon, Albert Choi, Kim Forde-Mazrui, Risa Goluboff, Andrew Hayashi, Toby Heytens, Leslie Kendrick, Michael Livermore and Caleb Nelson, and Amul Thapar. More Faculty News
Students in Section H won the inaugural Goluboff Cup, which recognizes charitable giving, pro bono service and student-organization leadership, in addition to participation in the North Ground Softball League's regular-season play.
Tuba Ahmed and Kyle Cole found their differences offered the right combination of strengths to win the 88th William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition. Students collected a number of other accolades this year. See stories about GPA stars; the award-winning Tax Assistance Program; the new Ritter Scholars; a National Jurist Law Student of the Year; an award-winning tax paper; the new Virginia Law Review chief; a clerk for the World Court; the new SBA president; the Rosenbloom Award winner; an American Bankruptcy Institute medal award; the extramural moot court teams' winning year; how students, alumni and a professor helped the UVA mock trial team win a national championship; and the latest from the Tri-Sector Fellows program.
And UVA Law students and alumni made their mark on public service awards. Amber Strickland '17 (pictured above) won the Virginia State Bar Association's Oliver White Hill Award; Angela Ciolfi '03 won the Virginia Legal Aid Award; Megan Durkee '15 became the 16th Powell Fellow; six alumni were named inaugural Shaping Justice award winners for outstanding public service; and two new student DeWilde Fellows, Jennifer Popp and Cassondra Murphy, were named.
Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III ’73 was appointed as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and ties to the Donald Trump campaign. Another graduate, Aaron Zebley '96, also joined the investigation team.
Catherine Keating '87, the president and CEO of investment firm Commonfund, used the concept of a briefcase's contents to illustrate what qualities members of the Class of 2017 should take with them into the working world. More: The Class of 2017: The Stories Behind the Graduates
The Supreme Court released a decision in May that will significantly curb so-called "forum-shopping" in patent infringement cases, handing a landmark win to a legal team that included Professor John Duffy.