William and Mary Law School

February 18, 2011

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"Jefferson's Vision Fulfilled"
While 1779 marks the beginning of legal education at William & Mary, the year 1762 is also a year of note in our history.  That year, Dean Davison M. Douglas writes in the W&M Alumni Magazine, "George Wythe was asked to take on a particularly promising recent William & Mary graduate [Thomas Jefferson] as an apprentice in his law office."  Jefferson's vision for legal education and Wythe's mentorship of many future leaders of the fledgling nation would have a profound effect on American history. Click here for story.

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Charter Day 2011: Audience Welcomes House Majority Leader Eric Cantor '88 and New Traditions; Professor Jayne Barnard Receives Jefferson Award
More than 2,000 alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the College gathered on Feb. 4 for W&M's annual Charter Day celebration.  Click here for the story and videos of remarks by Congressman Cantor and Professor Jayne Barnard. Click here for a profile of Professor Barnard, a corporate law expert, civil rights advocate, and the 2011 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award.

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The Moral Superiority of Children: Professor James Dwyer
Click here for a video in which Professor Dwyer speaks about his latest book, “Moral Status and Human Life: The Case for Children’s Superiority” (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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Come Join Us!  Alumni Weekend April 15-16
Come join us in Williamsburg to celebrate our bonds to W&M Law. The festivities include the Dean's reception, PSF Silent Auction and BLSA event on Friday, and, on Saturday, a barbecue lunch and reunion parties for the Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2010.  Click here to visit website.

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 Constitutional Dilemmas: Professor Allison Orr Larsen on Health-Care Reform Legislation
President Obama’s health-care reform legislation has been the subject of lively political and legal debate.  A number of lawsuits claim that Congress exceeded its power in enacting certain provisions of the new law.  In this video, Professor Allison Orr Larsen, one of the most recent additions to our faculty, discusses the constitutional arguments at issue.


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New! Taylor Reveley Award for Public Service
The Law School Alumni Association has announced that it will honor the contributions of W&M President Taylor Reveley with the creation of an award to be given annually to a recent graduate of the Law School, whose career has demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service.  Deadline for nominations: March 25.  Click here for story.

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Citizen Lawyer: Brian Golden '92
His father’s example of public service inspired Brian Golden '92 to pursue a career as a soldier, Massachusetts state legislator, and public servant. Click here for story.

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Powell Scholarship Recipient Justin Hoover '11
Hoover '11, the most recent recipient of the Bolling R. Powell, Jr., Scholarship, used Trial Team as a springboard to his future career as a prosecutor. Click here for story.

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Beijing Property Rights Conference to Focus on Global Perspectives
On Oct. 14-15 the Property Rights Project will host its annual conference for the first time overseas in cooperation with Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will receive the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize at the conference and also will be a featured speaker. Click here for information about the conference and the optional post-conference travel tour to sites in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  CLE credit will be available.

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On the Calendar

Feb. 24: 2011 Silver Tongue Award: Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler

Feb. 25-26: IBRL and Law Review Symposium: "Constitutional Transformations"

Feb. 25: 16th Annual Oliver Hill Scholarship Banquet

April 2: Ali's Run

Oct. 14-15 (Beijing): Eight Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference


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The Marshall-Wythe E-News is published by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at the William & Mary Law School, P.O. Box 3527, Williamsburg, VA 23187-3527, tel: 757-221-3795.

Editor: Jaime Welch-Donahue
Contributing writers: Ami Dodson, Rachel Ganong '12, Brian Kelley '13, David Williard, Erin Zagursky
Contributing videographer: David Williard
Graphic Design, Layout and Production: Gretchen Bedell