William and Mary Law School

Faculty Activities

November - Professor Darian M. Ibrahim's article "Delaware Law as Lingua Franca: Theory and Evidence," co-authored with Brian Broughman and Jesse Fried, will be published in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Law and Economics. 

October 8 - Professor Cynthia Ward was among the panelists at an event sponsored by the Women's Law Society to discuss the campus's sexual assault policy, the legal response, and how students are affected. The panel was moderated by Professor Susan Grover, Vice Provost for Academics & Faculty Affairs.  Both Ward and Grover are members of the William & Mary Sexual Assault Taskforce.

October 3 - Professor Timothy Zick spoke at the University of Richmond School of Law on the topic of "Freedom of Expression and Gay Equality" as part of the Emroch Faculty Colloquy Series.

October 2 - Professor Thomas J. McSweeney and Professor of History Fahad Bishara hosted the first meeting of the William & Mary Legal History Seminar. The Seminar featured paper presentations by area scholars. 

September 25 - Professor Christopher L. Griffin, Jr. presented a lecture titled "Connecticut's Public Pension Crisis: What's at Stake, and What Should We Do About It?" in Norwalk, Connecticut at an event organized by the Connecticut Policy Institute. 

Fall - Professor Darian Ibrahim's article titled "Delaware's Familiarity" was accepted for publication in the San Diego Law Review. The article shows that firms incorporate in Delaware because they are familiar with its corporate law, not because Delaware law is necessarily better than the corporate law of other states. 

Fall - Professor Fredric I. Lederer wrote an Evidence question that appeared on the July 2014 California Bar Exam. 

Fall - Professor Linda A. Malone was invited to join the Editorial Committee for the Benchbook on International Law, a resource developed by the American Society of International Law to introduce judges to international law issues in U.S. courts. 

Fall - Professor Paul Marcus gave a speech on "Comparative Criminal Justice" and "Teaching Excellence" at the University of Kansas and Howard University.  

Fall - Professor Christie S. Warren traveled to Burma with an ABA delegation to work with the Burmese government, lawyers, and former political prisoners. She gave a presentation on comparative law, as the legal community in Burma is debating whether to move away from a pure common law system and introduce aspects of civil code systems and laws applied in other Asian countries.  

July 20-22 - Professor Nancy Combs presented "From Proscutorial to Reparatory: A Valuable Post-Conflict Change of Focus" at the Sixth Annual CrimProf Conference held at Rutgers School of Law in Newark. 

July 1 - Professor Jayne Barnard has been named to the WHRO-TV (and radio) Board of Directors for 2014-17.

July - Professor James Dwyer wrote an amicus brief that was filed in State of Tennessee v. Jacqueline Crank, on behalf of an organization called Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty and eight other organizations. The case involves a mother convicted of child neglect after she chose prayer over medical treatment for her daughter's ultimately fatal bone cancer. 

July - Professor Adam M. Gershowitz contributed an article title "An NTSB for Capital Punishment" to Texas Tech Law Review's criminal law symposium. The article has since been highlighted on the Sentencing Law and Policy blog

July - Vice Dean Laura A. Heymann attended the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. 

June 27-28 - Professor Nancy Combs presented "Fact-Finding Without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions" at a conference on "Proof in International Criminal Trials," held at Bangor University in Wales. 

June 25 - Professor Adam M.Gershowitz's amicus brief, authored on behalf of 28 criminal law professors, was cited twice in the United States Supreme Court's opinion in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie.  The amicus brief argued that police should not be permitted to search a cell phine incident to arrest without a warrant. 

Summer - Professors Jayne Barnard and Nathan B. Oman participated in a symposium on the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. on the blog the Conglomerate.

Summer - Professor Fredric I. Lederer welcomed the Chief Judge and other members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Law School.  The group viewed the McGlothlin Courtroom and discussed the Commission's technology needs.

Summer - Professor Alan J. Meese's article "Antitrust, Regulatory Harm, and Economic Liberty," a solicited response to Tom Nachbar's article "The Antitrust Constitution," was published by the Iowa Law Review Bulletin. Read the article

Summer - Professor Alan J. Meese's article "Competititon Policy and the Great Depression: Lessons Learned and a New Way Forward" was published in the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. Read the article

May - Professor Adam M. Gershowitz served as a commentator at the Neighborhood Criminal Justice Conference at Duke Law School.   

May 12-13 - Professor Tara Grove's most recent article, Standing Outside of Article III, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. __ (2014), was one of three articles selected for presentation at the 2014 New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop at Vanderbilt Law School.

May 3-4 - Professor Timothy Zick participated in the "Free Expression Scholars Conference" at Yale Law School.  The conference was hosted by the Information Society Project and sponsored by the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression. The event brought together scholars to discuss their works-in-progress concerning freedom of speech, expression, press, association, petition, assembly, and related issues of knowledge and information policy.

April 29 - Professor Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program, testified about the Revive My Vote project before the National Commission on Voting Rights. The event was held in Richmond and was organized by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. You can read more about the hearing here.

April 10 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin's "eHearsay" exception is being considered by a federal committee. Read the story.

April 8 - Professor Christie Warren, director of the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, introduced guests of the program, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court and Justice (ret.) Richard Goldstone of South Africa, at a panel presented for law students. Read about the panel in the story titled "Justices Kennedy and Goldstone Discuss Constitutions, Old and New, at the Law School."

March 31 - Professor Susan S. Grover, currently a University Professor for Teaching Excellence, was named the university's vice provost for academic and faculty affairs. Professor Grover has served in a number of campus-wide leadership roles at William & Mary. She will assume her new responsibilities July 1. Read the announcement.

March 30 - Professor Christie Warren, director of the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, introduced Judge (ret.) Albie Sachs of South Africa at a lecture hosted by the program, the Reves Center, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Sachs also lectured at the Law School on March 31. Read about his lecture at CW in a story titled "A South African Founder in Williamsburg."

March 28 - Professor Linda Malone was among the international law professors involved in the amicus brief filed in support of the defendants in Chevron v. Donziger. Read the brief.

March 26 - Professor Alan J. Meese and Professor Sarah L. Stafford were among the professors who signed a letter to Governor Chris Christie criticizing New Jersey's ban on Tesla's practice of distributing automobiles through customer-owned dealerships. Read the letter. Professor Meese devoted two blog posts to the topic: "Do Tesla Buyers Need a Nanny (State)?" and  "New Jersey v. Economic Liberty."

March 24 - Professor Jayne Barnard was the lead organizer  of an amicus curiae brief filed by 44 corporate and criminal law scholars in support of the petitioners in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, cases pending before the Supreme Court. Read the story.

March 21 - Professor Adam M. Gershowitz wrote an amicus brief on behalf of 28 criminal law professors in support of Petitioner Riley and Respondent Wurie in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, cases pending before the Supreme Court. Read the story.

March 21 - Professor Thomas J. McSweeney attended a Magna Carta anniversary planning committee meeting with representatives from the ABA and the Presidential Precinct.

March 21 - Professor Linda Malone was a guest speaker at the JECE Spring Symposium on Environmental Justice sponsored by the Washington and Lee School of Law. An article based on the lecture will be published in fall 2014 in the Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment.

March 14 - Virginia Lawyers Media announced that it will honor Professor Susan S. Grover among its list of "Influential Women of Virginia" at an awards dinner on May 22. Read the story.

March 10 - Professor Timothy Zick was one of more than 65 law professors to sign an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in Lane v. Franks (SSRN).

February 25 - Professor Christie S. Warren presented a lecture at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy titled "Classical Islam, Contemporary Challenges."

February 24 - Professor Christie S. Warren presented at lecture titled "Crossing Borders and Rethinking Development: Human Rights and Measurement Indicators" at the Crossing Borders Symposium hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law.

February 20 - Professor Nathan B. Oman presented the Law School's 2014 Blackstone Lecture titled "Shakespeare and the Predicament of Contract Theory." Read the story.

February 13 - Professor Fredric Lederer presided over a "fractured legal fairy tale" trial conducted by our students for first and second graders.

February - Professor Tara Grove gave a presentation titled "Deciding to Decide: The Supreme Court's Power to Choose the Cases That It Hears" to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg.

January 31 - Professor Timothy Zick participated in a First Amendment Roundtable at Washington University (St. Louis). The event gathered First Amendment scholars from around the country to discuss scholarship and ideas relating to the freedom of speech.

January 27 - The Ruderman Family Foundation announced that Professor Michael A. Stein will receive the inaugural Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. Read the story.

January 23 - Professor Lynda L. Butler presented the Law School's 2014 St. George Tucker Lecture titled "The Resilience of Property." Read the story.

January 16 - Dean Davison M. Douglas led a discussion of Martin Luther King's theory of civil disobedience as articulated in his famous 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Read the story.

January 14 - Professor Michael Steven Green gave an invited talk at the Portmouth, Va., Second Tuesday Forum titled "Why Constitutionally Protect Private Arms Possession?" Watch the video.