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Angela Banks

December 17 - Professor Angela Banks and Elizabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg president and former William & Mary faculty member Mitchell Reiss, spoke at the naturalization ceremony for 28 new citizens at the Colonial Capitol.  Read the story in the Virginia Gazette.

Jeffrey Bellin

November 12 - In a story in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Professor Jeffrey Bellin commented on Virginia evidence Rule 2:408 ("a trap for the unwary") in the context of news that the Supreme Court of Virginia is amending the rule. Professor Bellin is noted as author of a book on Virginia evidence rules [The Virginia and Federal Rules of Evidence: A Concise Comparison with Commentary (2015), Online]. Read the story (requires subscription).

November 9 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin appeared on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis on 89.5 FM (Norfolk's NPR affiliate) to talk about the state's Conflict of Interest Act in relation to news that Virginia Beach's mayor has been charged with five misdemeanor counts of violating the act. Listen to the interview (starts at 02:45 into broadcast).

September 18 - Salon published an op-ed by Professor Jeffrey Bellin titled "Justice for the 1 Percent: A Corrupt Governor Stays Free, Those Who Should Have Never Been Jailed Die There." Read the op-ed.

September 4 - We had good news about great professors. Four professors were recently promoted: Jeffrey BellinTara Leigh Grove, and Vivian E. Hamilton to Professor of Law; Patricia Roberts to Clinical Professor of Law. Read the press release.

September 3 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin appeared on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis, a program of NPR's Norfolk affiliate, to discuss what may lie ahead for former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as his case took a surprising twist: the U.S. Supreme Court made an unusual announcement on August 31 - McDonnell does not have to begin his sentence while the Court decides whether or not to review his convictions. Listen to the program (segment begins at 27.50 into the recording).

July 10 - Professor Jeff Bellin is quoted in the AP story "Appeals court upholds former Virginia governor’s convictions." Read the article.

May 10 - The Associated Press quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin in a story about former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell titled "Some Developments Go Ex-Governor's Way as Hearing Nears." The story was published by ABC News, Salon, the Washington Post, and other outlets.  Read the story.

April 24 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was quoted about the Daubert test in the article, "Justices Deny Rehearing in Major Product Liability Case." Read the story (site requires subscription & password).

April 13 - Professors Jeffrey BellinEvan CriddleAdam Gershowitz and Allison Orr Larsen were among 20 W&M faculty honored with 2015 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence. Read the story.

April 7 – CNN.com published an editorial by Professor Jeffrey Bellin titled, " Menendez and America's public corruption problem." Read the editorial.

April 1 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin told Bloomberg News that prosecutors in the case of Sen. Robert Menendez may have a harder task ahead then did prosecutors in the case of former VA Governor Robert McDonnell. Click the link to read the story, "Menendez Seen Casting Charges as Favors Between Old Buddies."

March 11 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin discussed the prospects that the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will be overturned on appeal on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 FM, Norfolk's NPR affiliate). Listen to the discussion (starts at around 04:50).

March 1 - A law review article by Professor Jeffrey Bellin was referenced in a Newsday article titled, "NYPD Commissioner William Bratton to Speak on Crime Trends; Shootings Up; Stop and Frisks Down." Read the story

February 24 -  In August 2013 a three-judge Special Committee appointed Professor Jeffrey Bellin as Special Counsel to investigate a misconduct complaint filed against a prominent federal judge. The Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability issued a second published opinion, dated February 29, that highlighted Professor Bellin's thorough investigation of the allegations in the complaint. Read the story.

February 20 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was quoted in a Bloomberg Business article titled, "Virginia's Ex-First Lady Probably Will Get A Merciful Sentence". Read the story

February 19 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was quoted in a Washington Times article regarding the sentencing of Maureen McDonnell, former first lady of Virginia. Read the story

January 8 - Pilot Online quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin in their coverage of Maureen McDonnell's upcoming sentencing. Read the story

January 7 - The Associated Press quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin in the story, "Two-Year Sentence for Ex-Virginia Governor Good News for Wife."  The story was published by numerous news media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Seattle Post Intelligencer, ABC News, WTOP, Daily Mail (UK), Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daily Press, The Daily Progress, The News & Advance, Fredicksburg.com, and News Leader.

January 7 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin discussed the sentencing of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on HearSay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 FM, WHRV, Norfolk's NPR affiliate). Listen to the interview. (Professor Bellin's remarks begin at about 15:19).

January 6 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin provided his reaction to the sentencing of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Read the story

January 6 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin about the upcoming sentencing of former Virignia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife. Read the story.  

January 5 - The Washington Post quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin about the upcoming sentencing of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in, "Lawyers Look to Avoid Prison for Bob McDonnell Before Sentencing". Read the story

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Nancy Combs

April 26 - Professor Nancy Combs, who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article by Jess Bravin titled "History Suggests Kennedy Holds Key to Gay Marriage Case." Read the story.

April 10 - Professors Nancy CombsAllison Orr LarsenAlan Meese and James Stern were featured in a W&M Law story about their experiences clerking for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Read the story.

February 24 - Professor Nancy Combs was quoted in the International Justice Tribune article titled, "The ICC's Trouble with Witnesses." Read the story

February 1 - Professor Nancy Combs' research on the International Criminal Court was referenced by Andrew F. Quinlan in an opinion article published in The Washington Times. Read the story.

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Evan J. Criddle

April 13 - Professors Jeffrey BellinEvan CriddleAdam Gershowitz and Allison Orr Larsen were among 20 W&M faculty honored with 2015 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence. Read the story.

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Darryl W. Cunningham

October - Adjunct Professor Darryl W. Cunningham, managing attorney of the Domestic Violence Clinic, was quoted in an article in the October issue of Essence magazine titled "When Love Turns Violent." Go to the article excerpt.

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Neal E. Devins

November 13 - A discussion on "Congress and the Executive Branch" featuring Professor Neal Devins and other experts that was filmed at the Federalist Society’s 2015 National Lawyers Convention is available on the C-SPAN website. Go to the recording. Professor Devins' formal remarks begin about 19:30 into the recording. He addressed the conditions under which Congress is willing to assert its institutional authority to check the president.

November 13 - Professor Neal Devins commented on the Casey standard in the USA Today article, "Supreme Court Will Wade Back into Abortion Debate." Read the story.

Octobert 16 - Adam Liptak of the New York Times quoted Professor Neal Devins in the article, "It's Illinois v. Illinois in Supreme Court Duel for Justices' Attention." The article also cited Professor Devins' Yale Law Journal article, with Saikrishna Prakash, titled "Fifty States, Fifty Attorneys General, and Fifty Approaches to the Duty To Defend." Read Adam Liptak's article. Go to the journal article.

October 8 - The Wall Street Journal quoted Professor Neal Devins in its story, "Governors, Attorneys General at Odds Over Obama Policies." Read the story (may require login).

October 6 - Professor Neal Devins was a guest on a HuffPost Live panel about the Supreme Court's docket moderated by Nancy Redd. Watch the discussion.

October 4 - Professor Neal Devins was quoted by Adam Liptak in the New York Times in his story, "Supreme Court Prepares to Take On Politically Charged Cases." In his interview, Professor Devins noted “the Roberts court has generated more marquee decisions divided by party alignment than all other courts combined.” Read the story.

September 10 - Case Western Law School Professor Jonathan Adler took note of a Cornell Law Review article by Professors Tara Leigh Grove and Neal Devins in a post on The Volokh Conspiracy blog (Washington Post) titled "Scholarship on Congressional Standing (and a Prediction)." Read Professor Adler's postGo to SSRN to learn more about the article by Professors Grove and Devins, "Congress's (Limited) Power to Represent Itself in Court."

April 9 – Jacob Gershman, Wall Street Journal reporter and blogger, discussed a new study co-authored by Professor Neal E. Devins in the WSJ LawBlog, "Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students." Read the blogRead the study.

April 6 - The Washington Post cited a study by Professor Neal Devins and co-authors in an article titled "The Science of Why You Really Should Listen to Science and Experts." Read the storyRead about the study on SSRN.

February 27 - study by Professor Neal Devins and Professor Lawrence Baum (OSU) was cited in a Washington Post Opinion essay titled "Obamacare Threatens to End John Roberts's Dream of a Nonpartisan Supreme Court." Read the story.

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Davison M. Douglas

November 22 - Dean Davison M. Douglas, author of a book on the desegregation of the Charlotte (N.C.) schools, was among those interviewed by the Charlotte Observer for a story looking back on the bombings of four civil rights leaders' homes in the city on November 22, 1965. Read the story.

June 29 - Dean Davison M. Douglas was among guests on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 FM, NPR, Norfolk) on a program that explored the future of the practice of law. Listen to the program.

June - The June edition of the Virginia Lawyer took note of a presentation by Dean Davison M. Douglas on the new Art of Appellate Advocacy video produced by the Law School.

April 6 – Dean Davison M. Douglas moderated a panel featuring W&M alumni experts on the topic "Free Speech Under Fire." Watch the video.

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James Dwyer

December 15 - An essay on cns.com by Professor Lynn D. Wardle of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University took note of a recent Jurist op-ed by Professor James Dwyer ("A Child-Centered View of Foster Parenting by Same-Sex Couples"). Read Professor Wardle's essay titled "Gay Foster Parenting: Dispositive Consideration Must Remain BIC, Not Adults’ Sexual Preferences."

December 8 - Jurist featured an op-ed by Professor James Dwyer titled "A Child-Centered View of Foster Parenting by Same-Sex Couples." Read the op-ed.

July 23 - In an interview on Scholastica Blog, Professor James Dwyer shared his thoughts about the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling, the potential battleground in some states if opponents challenge it on the grounds of religious freedom, and the need for activists to rally public support to combat discrimination against members of the LGBT community in critical areas such housing, employment and parental rights. Read the article.

July 6 - Professor James Dwyer was among the experts quoted in The Atlantic’s “Prison Born: What Becomes of Babies Born to Mothers Behind Bars?” Read the article.

July 1 - Professor James Dwyer discussed "Infants and Inmates" on NPR’s “On Point With Tom Ashbrook.” Listen to the discussion.

June 26 - Professor James Dwyer was among local observers quoted by the Virginia Gazette following the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.  Read the story.

June 10 - Professor James Dwyer appeared on NBC 5 in Chicago to talk about incarcerated mothers and the welfare of their newborns in a story about Heather Mack, a Chicago woman who is serving a sentence in Indonesia in connection to the murder of her mother and who recently gave birth to a baby girl. Watch the video and read the story.

June 1 - Professor James Dwyer discussed "Free-Range Parenting" on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 FM, NPR, Norfolk). Listen to the discussion.

May 20 - Professor James Dwyer among legal experts quoted in Main Street story about potential legal challenges facing transgender parents in disputes about custody and visitation. Read the story.

April 3 – The Orlando Sentinel featured a guest column on marriage equality by Professor James Dwyer.  Read the column.

February 22 - In an interview that aired Feb. 22 on NPR's All Things Considered, a reporter who has written about prison nurseries noted that Professor James Dwyer has raised concerns about whether such programs are in the best interests of children. Read the story.

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Adam M. Gershowitz

December 26 - Professor Adam Gershowitz discussed the legal implications of dashboard camera use with automoblog.net in the story, "Are Dash Cams a Necessity or Problematic Accessory?" Read the story.

December 2 - The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) interviewed Professor Adam Gershowitz about Fourth Amendment protections for the story, "Judge Rules Homeless Man's Privacy Violated." The story notes "a Clark County Superior Court judge ruled that Vancouver police officers violated a homeless man’s privacy rights when they looked inside his makeshift dwelling, despite him being camped illegally in downtown Vancouver." Read the story.

November 11 - Professor Adam Gershowitz commented on the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Mullenix v. Luna in the Daily Press story,  "Supreme Court Case Probably Won't Change Course of Local Police Shooting Cases, Experts Say." Read the story.

October 29 - Professor Orin Kerr (of George Washington University Law School), writing on The Volokh Conspiracy blog (Washington Post), explored the Supreme Court of Colorado's recent opinion in People v. Herrera. Professor Kerr took note of some similaritities between the Court's arguments and those made by Professor Adam Gershowitz in his forthcoming article, "The Post-Riley Search Warrant: Search Protocols and Particularity in Cell Phone Searches." Read the post. Read about Professor Gershowitz's article on SSRN.

September 8 - Professor Adam M. Gershowitz was asked by the Houston Chronicle about a proposed cap of $33K for the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Professor Gershowitz called the cap "absurdly low." Previous estimates of the cost ranged from $285K to $2M. Read the story. Professor Gershowitz was co-author of a 2011 study (with Professor Laura Killinger) on the harm done by excessive prosecutor caseloads.

August 18 - As the new school year began, Professor Adam Gershowitz took on a new role, that of Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. Read the press release.

August 5 - Nebraska.TV published a story about Hall County's budget and prosecutors' request for funding a new position to help handle the rise in court cases there. The story cited a 2011 study by Professors Adam Gershowitz and Laura Killinger on the harm done by excessive prosecutor caseloads. Read the Nebraska.TV article

June 16 - Professor Adam Gershowitz was among the experts who shared their thoughts with wallethub.com on how states can most effectively deter drunk driving. Read the story.

April 13 - Professors Jeffrey BellinEvan CriddleAdam Gershowitz and Allison Orr Larsen were among 20 W&M faculty honored with 2015 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence. Read the story.

February 18 - The Washington Business Journal's article "Maryland Reintroduces Ban on Google-glassing While Driving," mentions Professor Adam M. Gershowitz's research. Read the story

January 6 - The Virginia Gazette interviewed Professor Adam M. Gershowitz about the challenges prosecutors would face if they tried to convict John Hinckley Jr. in the recent death of James Brady. Read the story.

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Rebecca Green

July 22 - Professor Rebecca Green's Revive My Vote Project receives a $230,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. Read the story. The grant was the subject of a story in WY DailyRead the story.  It was also noted in the August 6 edition of Inside PhilanthrophyRead the story.

June 23 - The Huffington Post quoted Professor Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program, in a story about Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe's announcement that ex-felons would no longer be required to pay outstanding court fees before their voting rights could be restored. Read the story.

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Christopher L. Griffin, Jr.

February 24 - Regionally Speaking with Steve Walsh, a program of Lakeshore Public Media, an Indiana NPR affiliate, featured an interview with Professor Christopher L. Griffin, Jr.,  about a new study, conducted with Professor Michael Stein of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, concerning self-perception of disability among disabled veterans and how this perception affects their post-service employment rates. Listen to the interview (starts around 28:55 minutes into the broadcast). Read more about this research and download the paper ("Self-Perception of Disability and Prospects for Employment Among U.S. Veterans," SSRN).

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Tara Leigh Grove

September 10 - Case Western Law School Professor Jonathan Adler took note of a Cornell Law Review article by Professors Tara Leigh Grove and Neal Devins in a post on The Volokh Conspiracy blog (Washington Post) titled "Scholarship on Congressional Standing (and a Prediction)." Read Professor Adler's postGo to SSRN to learn more about the article by Professors Grove and Devins, "Congress's (Limited) Power to Represent Itself in Court."

September 4 - We had good news about great professors. Four professors were recently promoted: Jeffrey BellinTara Leigh Grove, and Vivian E. Hamilton to Professor of Law; Patricia Roberts to Clinical Professor of Law. Read the press release.

March 16 - Professor Tara Grove’s article “Reconsidering the Political Question Doctrine” was accepted for publication by the NYU Law Review and mentioned favorably on Larry Solum’s blog. Read the articleRead the blog

February 14 - Professor Tara Leigh Grove was quoted in the New York Times article, "Questions on Plaintiffs Unlikely to Derail Health Lawsuit." Read the story. The story was also published in the Huffington Post article, "Obamacare Lawsuit Set for the Supreme Court Despite Plaintiff Obstacles". Read the story.

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Vivian Hamilton

September 4 - We had good news about great professors. Four professors were recently promoted: Jeffrey BellinTara Leigh Grove, and Vivian E. Hamilton to Professor of Law; Patricia Roberts to Clinical Professor of Law. Read the press release.

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James S. Heller

July 18-21 - James S. Heller, Professor of Law, Professor of Public Policy, and Director of The Wolf Law Library, was honored with the American Association of Law Libraries' Hall of Fame Award at the association's 108th annual meeting and conference. Read the story.

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Laura A. Heymann

September 23 - Professor & Vice Dean Laura A. Heymann talked to KPCC’s John Horn on “The Frame” (Southern California Public Radio) about the copyright controversy surrounding “Happy Birthday to You” and fair use in YouTube videos. Listen to the program (her interview is at the start of the recording).

August 16 - Delaware.com | The News Journal quoted Professor Laura Heymann in an article titled "Vineyard Vines, Rehoboth Shop Clash Over Logo." Read the story.

August 13 - Professor Laura A. Heymann talked to reporter James B. Stewart of the New York Times about whether the verb "to google" means that "Google" is generic. Read the article. Read Professor Heymann's law review article, "The Grammar of Trademarks."

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Eric A. Kades

November 10 - A story on Time.com, "Why the Flat Tax Is More Popular Than Ever," noted: "Under a plan authored by Eric A. Kades of William & Mary Law School, federal tax rates would automatically reset from state to state to offset any difference resulting from state codes." Read the story. Professor Kades is author of a paper titled "Corrective Progressivity." Read the paper on SSRN.

June 3 - Professor Eric Kades talked to Fortune magazine about the non-medical reasons producing animals receive antiobiotics in the story, "Antibiotics in Meat: A Public Health Controversy That Isn't Going Away." Read the story.

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Stacy Elizabeth Kern-Scheerer

August - Professor Stacy Kern-Scheerer commented on a law passed by the Virginia General Assembly that protects women's right to breastfeed in public.  Read the story.

August 1 - Professor Stacy Kern-Scheerer was quoted by The Health Journal on a recent law passed by the Virginia General Assembly that protects women's right to breastfeed in public. Read the article.

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Laura R. Killinger

September 8 - Professor Adam M. Gershowitz was asked by the Houston Chronicle about a proposed cap of $33K for the prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Professor Gershowitz called the cap "absurdly low." Previous estimates of the cost ranged from $285K to $2M. Read the story. Professor Gershowitz was co-author of a 2011 study (with Professor Laura Killinger) on the harm done by excessive prosecutor caseloads.

August 5 - Nebraska.TV published a story about Hall County's budget and prosecutors' request for funding a new position to help handle the rise in court cases there. The story cited a 2011 study by Professors Adam Gershowitz and Laura Killinger on the harm done by excessive prosecutor caseloads. Read the Nebraska.TV article

May 27 - Professor Laura Killinger talked to People Magazine about legal issues involved in cases of alleged molestation. Read the People article concerning Josh Duggar ("19 Kids and Counting," TLC reality show).

February 20 - Professor Laura Killinger was quoted in The Star's article, "Is the Sugar Daddy/Sugar Baby Phenomenon a Kind of Online Prostitution?" Read the story.

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Allison Orr Larsen

June 26 - Robert Barnes of the Washington Post quoted Professor Allison Orr Larsen in the story, "[Justice] Kennedy Emerges as Judicial Champion of Gay Rights." Read the article.

April 26-27 - Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes quoted Professor Allison Orr Larsen in his story, "Justices Kennedy and Scalia and Their Divide on Gay Rights." Read the storyHer quote and the Barnes article were noted on Wall Street Journal's Law Blog in a recap of coverage on April 27. Read Jacob Gershman's post.

April 25 - Legal Theory Blog, edited by Lawrence Solum, chose a recent article titled "Do Laws Have a Constitutional Shelf Life?" by Professor Allison Orr Larsen as "Download of the Week." Read more.

April 13 - Professors Jeffrey BellinEvan CriddleAdam Gershowitz and Allison Orr Larsen were among 20 W&M faculty honored with 2015 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence. Read the story.

April 10 - Professors Nancy CombsAllison Orr LarsenAlan Meese and James Stern were featured in a W&M Law story about their experiences clerking for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Read the story.

March 9 - An article on Fusion.net titled "Guess Who's Telling the Supreme Court to Support Gay Marriage" cites a study about the Supreme Court and amicus briefs by Professor Allison Orr Larsen. Fusion.net is a joint venture of Univision and Disney/ABC News. Read the story.

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Frederic I. Lederer

July 7 - Polycom | The Public Sector View featured a story about the Center for Legal and Court Technology titled "Laboratory Trial Showcases Groundbreaking Uses of VTC in Courtroom." The article includes a Q&A with Professor Fredric I. Lederer, the Center's director. Read the article.

May 26 - The Judge Advocates Foundation honored Professor Fredric Lederer with the Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest honor.

May 3 - The Daily Press asked Professor Fredric Lederer to comment on a local case in the story, "Man Spends Five Years in Jail Awaiting Trial as Experts Debate Mental Health, Competence." Read the story (opens .pdf).

February 1 - The National Jurist's article "Should You Study This Summer" highlighted the summer program on legal and court technology ran by Professor Fredric I. Lederer. Read the article.

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Paul Marcus 

April - Professor Paul Marcus’s article “Does Atkins Make a Difference in Non-Capital Case? Should It?,” 23 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 431 (2014)(SSRN) was selected by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for inclusion in its “must read” list as part of its “Getting Scholarship into Court Project.” The article will be highlighted in an issue of The Champion, the association’s monthly magazine.

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Thomas J. McSweeney

Summer - An article in the Colonial Williamsburg Journal titled "Magna Carta: Revered by Founders, 'Great Charter' Still Relevant Today" quoted Professor Thomas J. McSweeneyRead the article.

June 15 - On the day of the observance of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta held in Runnymede, England, Professor Thomas McSweeney talked to John Hockenberry of WNYC and Public Radio International about the document. Listen to the interview.

March 28 - Professor Thomas McSweeney was interviewed by With Good Reason about the legacy of Magna Carta. The show premiered March 28 and will be rebroadcast through April 4. With Good Reason is a production of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the program may be heard on public radio stations across Virginia and in select markets nationwide. Click the link to listen to his interview.

March 25 - Professor Thomas McSweeney and Professor A. E. Dick Howard of UVA Law School discussed the impact of Magna Carta on both American and English law in honor of its 800th anniversary this year at UVA Law School. Click the link to watch on YouTube.

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Alan J. Meese

December 2 - A post on the "Truth on the Market" blog was devoted to news of an amicus brief submitted by the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) that asked the Supreme Court to grant cert. in U.S. v. Apple, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. ICLE’s brief, the post noted, "was signed by sixteen distinguished scholars of law, economics and public policy," including Professor Alan Meese. Read the post. Read the brief.

April 10 - Professors Nancy CombsAllison Orr LarsenAlan Meese and James Stern were featured in a W&M Law story about their experiences clerking for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Read the story.

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Sarah Wasserman Rajec

Fall - "Can math be considered - and protected - as intellectual property?" Professor Sarah Wasserman Rajec shared her insights on the question with "The Other Half" podcast hosts Anna Haensch, a professor of mathematics at Duquesne, and Annie Rorem, a policy associate (and lover of mathematics) at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Listen to the podcast. Professor Wasserman Rajec is introduced at about 10:00 into the broadcast and comments at around 27:50 and 31:35.

W. Taylor Reveley, III

April 6 - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded William & Mary a $2.6-million grant to establish the W. Taylor Reveley III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows. Reveley was sworn in as W&M's 27th President in 2008. Before assuming his current post, he served as dean of William & Mary Law School for almost a decade, starting in August 1998. He is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence. Read the story

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Patricia Roberts

December 30 - Professor Patricia Roberts, director of clinical programs and director of the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic, was a guest on a special edition of the John Fredricks Show (WHTK AM 1650 - Hampton Roads, and other stations) hosted by Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA). Professor Roberts spoke about the work of the Puller Clinic and veterans' issues. A link to the audio recording will be posted when available.

November 23 - Professor Patricia Roberts, director of the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic and director of Clinical Programs, talked to Starbucks Newsroom about Military Mondays, a pilot project launched in Williamsburg by Starbucks and the clinic that provides veterans and their families an opportunity to meet over coffee and receive free advice and counsel. According to the story, individuals and programs across the country have expressed interest in becoming involved. Read the story.

November 7 -  The Virginian-Pilot published an essay by Professor Patricia Roberts titled "Vets Just Want Fair Benefits." Read the essay.

November - Professor Patricia Roberts represented the Puller Clinic, along with 3L students Scott Krystiniak and Aaron Petters, at a town hall and program by WHRO featuring panelists who were part of WHRO's video series "Veterans Coming Home." Watch the video.

September 4 - We had good news about great professors. Four professors were recently promoted: Jeffrey BellinTara Leigh Grove, and Vivian E. Hamilton to Professor of Law; Patricia Roberts to Clinical Professor of Law. Read the press release.

August 30 - Professor Patricia Roberts, director of the Puller Veterans Clinic and director of Clinical Programs, spoke to WVEC (TV) for their story about the Department of Veterans Affairs and its reported progress on the backlog of disability claims.  Watch the clip (Professor Roberts appears at 01:17).

August 25 - Professor Patricia Roberts' essay offering advice to new law students, "Welcome to the Legal Profession," was featured in Virginia Lawyers WeeklyRead the Virginia Lawyers Weekly article.

July 3 – The National Law Journal quoted Professor Patricia Roberts, director of the Puller Veterans Clinic and director of Clinical Programs, in the story titled "Law Clinics Answer the Call." Read the article. [Requires registration]

June 29 - Starbucks Newsroom interviewed Professor Patricia Roberts, director of the Puller Veterans Clinic and director of Clinical Programs, on day one of a new pilot program to help the clinic extend its reach to veterans.  Read "Military Mondays: Bringing Legal Expertise to Veterans in Starbucks."

May 16 - With Good Reason radio aired its story about the Puller Veterans Clinic featuring interviews with Professor Patricia Roberts, Professor Aniela K. Szymanski, former clinic student Bill Burke, J.D. '15, and veterans and their family members served by the clinic.  Listen to the story (clinic segment starts at 5:35 in audio). In other related news, the Daily Press reported that the clinic is the recipient of a $25K grant from the Dominion Foundation. Read the story.  Channel 13 reporter Mike Gooding reported on the grant to the clinic and the clinic's ongoing work with veterans. Watch the video

April 7 - Professor Patricia Roberts has been chosen as one of 40 women by Virginia Lawyers Media to receive an “Influential Women of Virginia” recognition for 2015.  This awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in Virginia in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts.  The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. Read the article

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James Y. Stern

June 26 - Professor James Stern was quoted in Law360 about the significance of June 26 and U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the gay rights movement. Read the story.

April 10 - Professors Nancy CombsAllison Orr LarsenAlan Meese and James Stern were featured in a W&M Law story about their experiences clerking for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Read the story.

March 3 - Professor James Y. Stern’s essay “ABC v. Aereo and the Humble Judge” was published in the Supreme Court Review-Preview edition of the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and favorably mentioned on the Volokh Conspiracy blog titled, "James Stern on ABC v. Aereo". Read the EssayRead the Blog.

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Timothy Zick

December 30 - Reporter Steven Nelson of U.S News & World Report quoted Professor Timothy Zick in the story, "Politicians May Have to Wear Donor Logos in California." Read the story.

Fall 2015 - Professor Timothy Zick's book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment, was reviewed in the Political Science QuarterlyRead the review. At the conclusion of the review, the reviewer noted "... The Cosmopolitan First Amendment is not just a book for lawyers. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about expressive liberty and how best to protect it in an increasingly interconnected world."

September 2 - In a story on so-called "ballot selfies" and free speech, Bloomberg Law interviewed two leading experts: First Amendment expert Professor Timothy Zick and election law expert Richard L. Hasen of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. Listen to the program (.mp3).

August 17 - Reporter Steven Nelson of U.S. News & World Report quoted Professor Timothy Zick in a story titled "Calling Police 'Pigs' Lands [Tennessee] Teen in Jail." Read the story.

June 8 - Professor Timothy Zick talked to Bustle.com about free speech and abortion rights in a story about Alabama Bill HB 527. The bill, which did not come up for vote by the end of the legislative session, would have prohibited abortion clinics from locating within 2,000 feet of any school. Read the story.

June 1 - Bloomberg Law interviewed Professor Timothy Zick about the Supreme Court opinion in the Elonis "true threats" case. Listen to the podcast.

June 1 - Professor Timothy Zick's latest book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment, was reviewed by Professor Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr., of the University of Alabama School of Law in the Ohio State Law Journal (Vol. 76, 2015). "Two recent books," Professor Krotoszynski noted, "one by Professor Martin Redish and the other by Professor Timothy Zick, help to shed important light on [the] conflict between free speech paternalism and free speech exceptionalism. Read in tandem, the books help to explain why the United States approach to defining and protecting freedom of expression constitutes a global anomaly." Go to the review on SSRN.

April 2 -  First Amendment expert Professor Timothy Zick talked to W&M Alumni Magazine for their cover story, "Free Speech Under Fire."   Read the story.

January 21 - Boston Globe columnist Dante Ramos took note of Professor Timothy Zick's book, The Cosmopolitan First Amendment, in a column titled "Dictating the Terms of Free Speech." Read the column.

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