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Elizabeth Andrews

June 21 - Professor Elizabeth A. Andrews, director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC), was quoted in a W&M press release announcing that VCPC and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science each received funding for projects during the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment. Read the story.

Jayne Barnard

June - Professor Jayne Barnard was profiled in the June issue of "Next Door Neighbors" magazine. The article noted that she is serving as Coordinator of Academic Events for the 100th anniversary of women at William & Mary. Read the profile.

Jeffrey Bellin

June 28 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin about the possibility of a second trial in the McDonnell case in the story, "Bob McDonnell Might Not Learn His Fate for Months - Unless U.S. Drops Prosecution." Read the story.

June 27 - The Associated Press quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin in a story about the McDonnell ruling titled "High Court Overturns McDonnell Conviction." Read the story. The story has appeared in outlets including "PBS News Hour" and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

June 27 - Roger Chesley quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin in his column in the Virginian-Pilot about the McDonnell verdict, "Rebalancing the Scales of Justice." Read the column.

June 27 - Following the news that the Supreme Court overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnelll, Professor Jeffrey Bellin was a guest on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 FM WHRV) to discuss the case, the Court's decision, and the prospects for another trial. Listen to the program (discussion with Professor Bellin begins around 04:05 into the broadcast).

June 27 - WTOP (Washington, D.C.) quoted Professor Jeffrey Bellin in the story "McDonnell Decision Looms as High Court Term Wraps Up." Read the story.

April 27 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin and attorney Kenneth Gross of Skadden, Arps discussed the McDonnell case, yesterday's arguments at the Supreme Court, and the prospects for a reversal of the former governor's corruption conviction. Listen to the interview with June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Law.

April 27 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin spoke to the Associated Press about the options open to the Supreme Court if it decides to overturn the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.  Read the story, "High Court Seems Poised to Overturn McDonnell Conviction."

April 27 - Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 FM, NPR, Norfolk) welcomed Professor Jeffrey Bellin for a discussion about the arguments in the McDonnell case at the Supreme Court. Listen to the interview.

April 26 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin quoted in story, "McDonnell Gets His Day at Supreme Court." Read the story.

April 12 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin's piece titled "Does the 'McConnell Principle' make sense?" was published by CNN. Read the Op-Ed.

April 11 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was included in the National Law Journal's interactive graphic on Merrick Garland's Spheres of Influence. View the graphic.

April 4 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was among 68 former clerks to Judge Merrick Garland who signed a letter urging Senate leaders to take action on his nomination to the Supreme Court. A story about the letter was featured in the National Law Journal. Read the story.

March 28 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin, who clerked for Judge Merrick Garland, talked to HearSay with Cathy Lewis about the judge, the prospects for his confirmation, and what may happen with the McDonnell case and others while there is a vacancy on the Court. The discussion begins at about 03:05 into the recording.  Listen (.mp3).

March 18 - CNN.com published an Opinion essay by Professor Jeffrey Bellin, a former clerk to Judge Garland, titled "How Merrick Garland Could Help Heal America." Read the opinion.

March 13 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was quoted by Daily Press about why more people aren't brought to justice when they commit deadly crimes in "Court Records Show Many Crimes, but Few Prison Terms." Read the story.

January 29 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin was quoted in a piece featured in South Africa's Financial Mail that explored the corruption case of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Read the story.

January 21 - The Washington Post published an op-ed by Professor Jeffrey Bellin titled "How the Supreme Court Can Change Politics as Usual." In the piece, Bellin argues that "nothing has a better chance of changing the pay-to-play U.S. political culture than the highest court in the land pointing out that the routine practices of local, state and federal politicians are federal felonies—for both the contributors and the recipients." Read the op-ed. The Free Lance-Star (Fredricksburg, Va.) quoted from Professor Bellin's op-ed in a January 27 editorial titled "In McDonnell Case, Court Can Define Corruption." Read the editorial.

January 19 - Professor Jeffrey Bellin discussed the Supreme Court's decision to review the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell with Cathy Lewis on Hearsay (89.5FM). Listen to the program. Daily Press also quoted Professor Bellin in an article about the Court's decision. Read the article

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Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl

June 27 - Professor Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl talked to Law360 about why writing dissents was important to Justice Antonin Scalia in the story titled "The Top Supreme Court Dissents of the Term." Read the story.

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Lynda L. Butler

May 4 - The Miami Herald quoted Professor Lynda L. Butler, director of the William & Mary Property Rights Project, in the story, "Taxis Suing Miami-Dade for $1 Billion Over New Uber Law." Read the story.

April 29 - Professor Lynda L. Butler was among 20 professors  from across the William &Mary campus recognized with a 2016 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.  The award honors exemplary contributions in teaching, research and service. Read the story.

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Nancy Combs

April 29 - Professor Nancy Combs was among 20 professors from across the William &Mary campus recognized with a 2016 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence. The award honors exemplary contributions in teaching, research and service. Read the story.

March 31 - Professor Nancy Combs spoke to Reuters about the verdict in the trial of Vojislav Seselj, the leader of Serbia’s Radical Party. Read the story.

March 24, Professor Nancy Combs quoted by the Washington Post in the story, "U.N. tribunal finds former Bosnia Serb leader Radovan Karadzicguilty of genocide." Read the story.

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Neal E. Devins

May 21 - The Raleigh News & Observer cited a 2015 study by Professor Neal Devins and Professor Saikrishna Prakash (UVA) in a story, "Cooper Not Alone Among Attorneys General Bucking State Leadership."  Read the news article. Go to SSRN to read more about the study in Yale Law Journal, "Fifty States, Fifty Attorneys General, and Fifty Approaches to the Duty to Defend."

May 20 - Professor Neal Devins was interviewed by USA Today about the constitutionality of a new Oklahoma bill that would criminalize abortion. Read the story.

May 15 - Washington Post reporter Amber Phillips linked to a recent op-ed by Professor Neal Devins and UVA Law Professor Saikrishna Prakash in her story, "Is It Legal for North Carolina’s Attorney General to Not Defend the State’s Bathroom Law?" Read the op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times. Read the Washington Post's story.

April 18 - The Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by Professor Neal Devins and UVA Law Professor Saikrishna Prakash. Their study about some state attorney generals' refusal to enforce laws was published in the Yale Law Journal in 2015. Read the Op-Ed.

April 7 - Professor Neal Devins' article “Rethinking Judicial Minimalism: Abortion Politics, Party Polarization, and the Consequences of Returning the Constitution to Elected Government,” forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review, was reviewed by Nicole Huberfeld in a post titled “The Judiciary’s Role in Hard (Health Care) Cases” on Jotwell. Read the article. Read the Review.

March 19 - Professor Neal Devins' research paper "The Vanishing Common Law Judge?" was featured as Legal Theory Blog's Download of the Week. Read the post.

March 17 - Slate featured an essay by Professor Neal Devins and Ohio State University Professor of Political Science Lawrence Baum titled "Ideological Imbalance: Why Democrats Usually Pick Moderate-Liberal Justices and Republicans Usually Pick Conservative Ones." Read the story.

March 11 - A study by Professor Allison Orr Larsen and Professor Neal Devins was the topic of a Law360 article, "High Court's Amicus Machine Driven by Frequent Fliers." Read the article.  Read about the professors' study on SSRN ("The Amicus Machine," Virginia Law Review, forthcoming).

March 9 - Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman discussed the forthcoming article, "The Amicus Machine" (SSRN), by Professors Allison Orr Larsen and Neal Devins in a column in Bloomberg ViewRead the column, "The Dark Side of Amicus Briefs."

March 7 - Adam Liptak of The New York Times highlighted new research by Professors Allison Orr Larsen and Neal E. Devins in article, "Study Shows How Much Work It Takes to Be Supreme Court's Friend." Read the story. Read about the professors' research, "The Amicus Machine" (Virginia Law Review, SSRN).

February 24 - In Slate, reporter Dahlia Lithwick cited a 2012 paper by Professor Neal Devins (open .pdf) in her article, "Senate Democrats Should Hold Hearings for Obama's Supreme Court Nominee." Read the story.

February 18 - Professors Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum's study tracking the political ideologies of Supreme Court justices was cited in The New York Times op-ed "Resetting the Post-Scalia Supreme Court." Read the story. The study was also cited in the Pacific Standard article "Red States, Blue States: Scalia's Polarized Supreme Court." Read the story.

February 16 - Professor Neal Devins was quoted by 13NewsNow on the potential impact that Justice Scalia's death might have on former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's appeal. Read the story.

January 25 - Professor Neal Devins was quoted by the LA Times about the role of state solicitors for a story about Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz's career as the Solicitor General of Texas. Read the story.

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James Dwyer

May 25 - An Associated Press story about prison nurseries quoted Professor James Dwyer and noted that he has written on the topic. Read the AP story, "Babies Behind Bars: Should Moms Do Time with Their Newborns?" or to go to Professor Dwyer's article on SSRN, "Jailing Black Babies" (Utah Law Review, 2014).

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Adam M. Gershowitz

June 2 - Professor Adam M. Gershowitz noted that criminal charges unlikely for those who texted drivers involved in car wrecks in story, "Forget Texting While Driving: Soon You Could be Sued Just for Texting A Driver." Read the story.

April 7 - Professor Adam Gershowitz was quoted in the story "Wayward Prosecutors Go Unpunished as Prison Time for Victims Piles Up" by the New England Center for Investigative Journalism. Read the story.

March 25 - HuffPost cited a 2009 study by Professor Adam Gershowitz on prosecutorial shaming in the story, "A Judge Just Publicly Called Out Prosecutors Who He Thinks May Have Cheated." Read the story.

February 7 - Professor Adam Gershowitz was quoted in a NMPolitics.net story on the role of greater enforcement mechanisms in effectively deterring drunk driving. Read the story.

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Michael Steven Green

March 22 - Professor Michael Steven Green was featured in a video clip discussing the theoretical purposes of the Second Amendment. Watch the clip.

February 19 - Professor Michael Steven Green was interviewed by The Virginian-Pilot about a special prosecutor's possible conflict of interest in a case concerning the mayor of Portsmouth, Va. Read the story.

January 6 - Professor Michael Green was interviewed on WRVA's Jimmy Barrett Show about the legality of the President's executive action regulating firearms. Listen to the interview.

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Rebecca Green

July 19 - Professor Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program, was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor in a story about the court challenge to Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights to Virginians with felony convictions. Read the story.

June 9 - Professor Rebecca Green, co-director the Election Law Program,  was quoted by the Daily Press in its story, "From W&M and the National Center for State Courts, Help on Election Law for Beleaguered Judges." Read the story.

June 7 - Columnist Jeff E. Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Professor Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program, in the story, "Nation's High Court Could Scramble Virginia's Elections." Read the story.

June 7 - The Election Law Program announced the launch of a new web-based tool, the State Election Law eBenchbook, aimed at helping judges resolve election litigation fairly and efficiently. Read the press release.

April 26 - Professor Rebecca Green quoted by Daily Press in story, "Administration: Past Crimes of Felons with Restored Rights Irrelevant, Largely Unknown." Read the story.

April 25 - Professor Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program and co-founder of Revive My Vote, quoted in story, "McAuliffe Restoring Voting Rights to 200,000 Convicted Felons." Read the story.  NBC 12 Virginia took note of Revive My Vote's launch of an online learning tool to help Virginians understand the change in the process and what to do next.  Read the story.

March 1 - Professor Rebecca Green was quoted in an op-ed by Courtland Milloy in the Washington Post on voting rights restoration. Read the piece.

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Tara Leigh Grove

June 10 - On More Perfect, "The Political Thicket": Professor Tara Leigh Grove joined scholars from Duke, Georgetown, and NYU, and others, to discuss the Supreme Court's political question doctrine. The podcast focuses on Baker v. Carr (1962), a case "that pushed one justice to a nervous breakdown, brought a boiling feud to a head, and changed the course of the Supreme Court forever." Listen to the episode.

April 17 - Professor Tara Leigh Grove was quoted, and her new article "When Can a State Sue the United States?" was noted in a New York Times story on Chief Justice Roberts and the question of Texas's standing in an immigration case. Read the story

April 14 - Professor Tara Leigh Grove’s article “When Can a State Sue the United States?,” forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review, was discussed in a post by Amanda Frost at SCOTUSblog, in connection with the Court’s consideration of United States v. Texas.

March 8 - PrawfsBlawg took note of Professor Tara Leigh Grove's new article on state standing. Read the post, "Standing in the DAPA case." Go to Professor Grove's article on SSRN.

February 27 - Professor Tara Leigh Grove received the Federalist Society’s 2016 Paul M. Bator Award at the society’s 35th National Student Symposium, held at the University of Virginia School of Law. The award each year honors a legal scholar under the age of 40 “who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact.” Read the story.

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Vivian Hamilton

July 8 - Professor Vivian Hamilton, who worked with advocates and the legislature on a new law restricting underage marriage, was quoted in SalonRead the article, "Child Marriage Is Finally Illegal in Virginia, and Other States May Be on Their Way."

July 7 - Professor Vivian Hamilton worked with advocates and the state legislature to create a bill that became law on July 1 raising the minimum age in Virginia at which young people in may marry to 18. She was on hand for the bill’s ceremonial signing by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Read her Q&A with William & Mary News about the new law.

April 22 - Professor Vivian Hamilton was quoted in a Virginian-Pilot story, "Court Ruling on Transgender Gloucester Student Still Leaves Questions for Schools." Read the story. Professor Hamilton is a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia which was involved in the student's case.

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Erin Hendrickson

February 22 - Professor Erin Hendrickson was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report in an article about noncompetition agreements. Read the story.

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Laura A. Heymann

January 8 - Professor Laura Heymann was quoted about the power of naming in the TIME magazine story, "'Caitlyn Jenner' is 2015 Name of the Year." Read the story.

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Darian M. Ibrahim

April 29 - Professor Darian M. Ibrahim was among 20 professors from across the William &Mary campus recognized with a 2016 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence. The award honors exemplary contributions in teaching, research and service. Read the story.

April 13 - Professor Darian M. Ibrahim was featured in a Q&A about the law behind innovation. Read the story.

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Allison Orr Larsen

June 28 - Professor Allison Orr Larsen was quoted in a Bloomberg Politics story titled "Post-Scalia Court Has Liberals Winning, Conservatives Venting." Read the story.

May - Professor Allison Orr Larsen recently was a guest on Oral Argument, a podcast hosted by University of Georgia Law Professors Joe Miller and Christian Turner, and discussed her research on amicus briefs and judicial fact-finding. Go to Episode 97: "Facty" on the web.

May 15 - Robert Barnes of the Washington Post cited a 2012 article by Professor Allison Orr Larsen in a story, "[Justice] Stevens Says Supreme Court Decision on Voter ID Was Correct, But Maybe Not Right." Read the news story. Read Professor Larsen's 2012 article on SSRN, "Confronting Supreme Court Fact Finding."

April 11 - Professor Allison Orr Larsen talked to the Washington Post about research on the number of citations to amicus briefs in SCOTUS opinions in "What was lost, what was gained: Women share abortion stories with the Supreme Court." Read the story.

March 30 - Professor Allison Orr Larsen was quoted in the New York Times story "Climate Policy’s Advocates Take Page From Same-Sex Marriage Playbook" about a D.C. Circuit case, West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read the story. The story was also published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read the story.

March 11 - A study by Professor Allison Orr Larsen and Professor Neal Devins was the topic of a Law360 article, "High Court's Amicus Machine Driven by Frequent Fliers." Read the article.  Read about the professors' study on SSRN ("The Amicus Machine," Virginia Law Review, forthcoming).

March 9 - Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman discussed the forthcoming article, "The Amicus Machine" (SSRN), by Professors Allison Orr Larsen and Neal Devins in a column in Bloomberg ViewRead the column, "The Dark Side of Amicus Briefs."

March 7 - Adam Liptak of The New York Times highlighted new research by Professors Allison Orr Larsen and Neal E. Devins in article, "Study Shows How Much Work It Takes to Be Supreme Court's Friend." Read the story. Read about the professors' research, "The Amicus Machine" (Virginia Law Review, SSRN).

March 3 - William & Mary announced that its Board of Visitors has conferred tenure on Professor Allison Orr Larsen and promoted her from associate professor of law to professor of law. Read the story.

January 5 - Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal quoted Professor Allison Orr Larsen in his story, "Obama's Gun Plan: A Legal Assessment." Read the story.

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Frederic I. Lederer

May 24 - Professor Fredric Lederer, director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology, was quoted by Jacob Gershman of the Wall Street Journal in a Law Blog post, "Virtual Reality Research Aims to Transport Jurors to Crime Scenes." Read the post.

March 16 - Professor Fredric Lederer, director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology, was quoted by technology reporter Max Lewontin of the Christian Science Monitor in the story, "How Public Are Publicly-Available Court Records?" Read the story.

January 25 - Professor Fredric Lederer was quoted by The Expert Institute on advancements in HD resolution for videoconferencing that make it "possible to see minute details of an expert witness during testimony." The article noted that the Center for Legal and Court Technology, of which Professor Lederer is the Director, is "the leader for exploring the use of [video conferencing] technology in the legal context, especially in courtrooms during trial." Read the article.

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Paul Marcus 

January 9 - Professor Paul Marcus was selected as president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools during the association's annual meeting in New York. Read the story.

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Alan J. Meese

February 15 - Professor Alan Meese was quoted in an article on Justice Scalia’s antitrust jurisprudence published by the Global Competition Review. Read the article.

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Nathan B. Oman

April 29 - Professor Nathan B. Oman was among 20 professors from across the William &Mary campus recognized with a 2016 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence. The award honors exemplary contributions in teaching, research and service. Read the story.

March 4 - Professor Nathan B. Oman commented on Utah HB251 in an Opinion in the Deseret News, "Non-Compete Legislation Is Getting Worse with Latest Revisions." Read the opinion.

February 16 - Professor Nathan Oman was among scholars interviewed for the story, "Oregon Standoff: What Does Mormonism Have to Do With the U.S. Constitution?" Read the story.

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W. Taylor Reveley, III

Febraury 17 - William & Mary President and Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence W. Taylor Reveley was among former SCOTUS clerks contacted by the Associated Press to comment on the possible impact of a prolonged vacancy on the Court. President Reveley clerked for Justice William Brennan. Read the story.

February 5 - The William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously approved a resolution extending the contract of Current William & Mary President and John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence W. Taylor Reveley through June 2018. Read the story.

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Patricia Roberts

January 4 - Alicia Gallegos of The Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network quoted Profesor Patricia E. Roberts in "Ask patients about military service, lawyers urge." Read the story.

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Crystal Shin

April 29 - Professor Crystal Shin, Managing Attorney of the Special Education Advocacy Law PELE Clinic, was quoted in a Virginia Gazette article about the amount that local school districts spend on legal counsel when there are disagreements between parents and school administrators about students' IEP plans.  Read the article. The article also quoted James City County Assistant Attorney Max Hlavin, a 2013 graduate of the Law School.

Timothy Zick

July 5 - Professor Timothy Zick quoted by U.S News & World Report about the First Amendment, flag burning and the "Heckler's Veto." Read the story, "Legal Fireworks: Police Unconstitutionally Arrest Flag-Burner on Fourth of July."

April 6 - Professor Timothy Zick spoke to U.S. News & World Report for an article about how the Establishment Clause might inhibit Tennessee's legislatures from adopting the Bible as the state's official book. Read the story.

April 6 - Professor Timothy Zick was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education in a story about freedom of expression and concerns raised by some students regarding Trump "chalkings" on their campuses. Read the story.

February 10 - HuffPost Politics quoted Professor Timothy Zick on politicians' free speech rights in an article titled "California Getting Closer to Having Lawmakers Wear Donors' Logos." Read the story.

January 23 - In a time when the country is, in his words, "in the grip of a great fear—fear of foreign terrorism," Professor Timothy Zick blogged about the "cosmopolitan" dimension of the First Amendment, "one that is concerned with preserving and protecting cross-border expressive and religious rights." Read the post in Ten Miles Square (a blog by the staff and friends of the Washington Monthly). Professor Zick's most recent book is "The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties" (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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