William & Mary Law School Woodbridge Professor of Law Charles H. Koch, Jr., presented the 2009 St. George Tucker Lecture on November 5, 2009.
Vsevolod Ovcharenko, a native of Kazakhstan, is spending the year in Williamsburg as a student in William & Mary Law School's LL.M degree program, thanks to a fellowship from the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program.
The Law School honored members of the Dean's Council during a festive dinner hosted by Dean Davison M. Douglas and Professor Kathryn R. Urbonya. In his remarks at the gathering, Douglas spoke about the Law School's enduring characteristics that are key to Marshall-Wythe's continued success.
Professor and Associate Dean Ronald Rosenberg of William & Mary Law School has been named a Chancellor Professor of Law.
Professor Lan Cao's unique and inspiring personal story is inextricable from her innovative scholarship and research.
Thanks to the efforts of an enterprising group of law students, a new journal prepares to make its debut.
The William & Mary Law School Admission Office moved into an expansive new suite of offices this fall.
The Election Law Society is pleased to announce the launch of StateofElections.com, an election law blog focusing on the development of state election laws.
Professor Nancy Combs, an expert in international criminal law with particular experience in war crimes tribunals, is available to discuss the current trial in the Hague, involving Radovan Karadzic.
Cassi Fritzius - quilter, motorcycle enthusiast, and breast cancer survivor - helps raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
This Nov. 6 symposium, sponsored by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, will address the concept of fundamentalism itself; the varied nature of fundamentalist beliefs in the U.S.; and ways in which fundamentalist communities and families in the U.S. interact with modern American law and society. Free and all are welcome.
The William & Mary Law School hosted a panel on death penalty issues featuring three luminaries in the area of capital punishment jurisprudence: Professor Scott Sundby from Washington and Lee University School of Law, Professor Corinna Barrett Lain from the University of Richmond School of Law, and Professor Paul Marcus from William & Mary Law School.
The William and Mary Law School has reopened the McGlothlin Courtroom after an extensive renovation project undertaken during the summer of 2009.
The Office of Career Services offered a program entitled "Your Career Stimulus Package: Managing Your Career in Tough Economic Times." Four nationally known consultants specializing in law firm and business management gave a panel presentation on pursuing a legal career in light of the recent economic downturn.
On a summer evening during the first week of classes, first-year students at the Law School turned out for a guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg.Not only did they learn a little something about the history of the town they will call home for the next three years and the College they are now a part of, they also discovered the legacy of their Law School.
In his Sept. 15 lecture at the Law School, Spain's Ambassador to the U.S., Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, spoke with pride about his country and its warm relationship with the U.S., but also gently poked fun at some common misperceptions about Spain among Americans.
The 2009-2010 James Goold Cutler Lecture was given by Professor Nathaniel Persily on September 17, 2009, at William & Mary Law School as part of the College’s Constitution Day Celebration.
Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. of the Virginia Supreme Court has appointed William & Mary Law School Professor Scott Dodson to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, a part of the Judicial Council of Virginia.
The William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law has announced the creation of a high-profile advisory panel beginning with its January 2010 issue.
C-SPAN is broadcasting live from the Preview tonight - October 2 - starting at 6PM. 6PM: Graham v. Florida; 7:30: Sotomayor and the Supreme Court; 8:30: The Court in 2020.
The 55th Annual William & Mary Tax Conference will take place November 12-13, 2009, at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA.
A Q&A with Professor Angela Banks on her work-in-progress, "Sovereignty, Deference, and Deportation: Regulating the Power to Deport in the United States and Europe."
In "Echoes from the Boys of Company 'H'," Neal Wixson tells the story of Company H of the 100th N.Y. State Regiment through their letters and journals.
Nathaniel Persily of Columbia University will present a lecture titled "Originalism in the American Mind: Public Opinion and Judicial Decision Making" on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 PM in Room 127. Free. All are welcome.
Spain's Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, will present a lecture titled "Spain and the United States in the 21st Century" on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 PM, in Room 120. The lecture is free and the public is welcome. Reception to follow.
Dean Davison Douglas presented the 2009-2010 St. George Tucker Adjunct Professorship to Neal J. Robinson on August 28, 2009. The professorship, created in 1995, is given each year to a member of the Law School’s adjunct faculty for outstanding teaching.
William & Mary Law School's newest students began their orientation to law school on Aug. 17 at a welcome event hosted by Dean Davison M. Douglas and held in Colonial Williamsburg's Dewitt Wallace Museum.
Linda Malone, the Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law at the Law School, has been awarded the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in International Environmental Law for 2009-2010.
A Q&A - and video conversation - with Dean Davison Douglas.
William & Mary Law School Professor Jayne Barnard has been named by Virginia Lawyers Weekly magazine one of 2009's "Leaders in the Law."
William & Mary Law School Professor Susan Grover has been appointed by American Bar Association President-Elect Carolyn Lamm as a member of the ABA's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.
William & Mary Law School announced that Professor Nancy Combs has been selected as the William H. Cabell Research Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year. The grant will help Combs continue her groundbreaking work in international criminal law.
Professor Michael Stein, an expert on domestic and international disability law, was on hand at the White House on July 24 for the announcement that the U.S. will sign the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also attended the signing at the U.N. on July 31.
On Aug. 17, W&M Law welcomed the J.D. Class of 2012 and the LL.M. Class of 2010. The J.D. class was chosen from a pool of 4,984 applicants, an increase of 8.7 percent from the previous year.
On Aug. 17, W&M Law welcomed the J.D. Class of 2012 and the LL.M. Class of 2010. The J.D. class was chosen from a pool of 4,984 applicants, an increase of 8.7 percent from the previous year.
William & Mary Law School Dean Davison Douglas has announced the appointment of Associate Professor Scott Dodson to the faculty. Dodson joins the Law School from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
William & Mary Law Professor Jayne Barnard was in the courtroom when Bernard Madoff, architect of the largest Ponzi scheme in Wall Street history, was sentenced on June 29.
A challenge grant of $250,000 has been awarded to William & Mary Law School to supplement the William H. Cabell Research Professorship Endowment, and will allow two law professors to benefit from the foundation's funds. The grant has been made by The Cabell Foundation of Richmond.
During spring semester, students from William & Mary Law School teamed with Hunton & Williams LLP to teach students from Richmond's Thomas Jefferson High School about law and the legal professional as part of a pilot program sponsored by the National Association for Law Placement and Street Law Inc. Hunton & Williams was one of five participating law firms nationwide.
The Law School has awarded 104 summer public service fellowships to students working for non-profit organizations and government agencies in the United States and 7 other countries.
Faculty news from the June 2009 edition of the Marshall-Wythe ENews.
On April 23, during the last week of spring semester, the Law School community gathered to thank Lynda Butler for her service as interim dean.
One of the traditional highlights of Alumni Weekend is Saturday's State of the Law School review with the Dean and the "Marshall-Wythe Generations" gathering which follows, during which alumni trade stories of their time here. This year's event was no exception.
Interim Dean and Chancellor Professor of Law Lynda Butler received the John Marshall Award during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 17. The award honors exceptional service to the Law School and was presented to Butler by William & Mary President Taylor Reveley and Vice Dean Eric Kades.
Text of presentation of Citizen-Lawyer Award to Thomas R. Frantz by Law School Association President Kevin O'Neill '99
Thomas R. Frantz, a graduate of William & Mary Law School and the College of William & Mary, was given the 2009 Citizen-Lawyer Award by the William & Mary Law School Association during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 17. The award is given annually to a graduate or friend of the Law School who stands squarely in the Jeffersonian tradition of outstanding citizenship and leadership.
Remarks of Jennifer G. Case '09, 2008-09 Student Bar Assocation President, at the Law School's May 17 graduation ceremony.
At the Law School's May 17 commencement ceremony, Donald A. Tortorice received the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award, an award conferred by the graduating class in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Sarah L. Bellinger '09 and William C. Smith, Jr., '09 received the Thurgood Marshall Award for distinguished pro bono work during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 17.
Latoya C. Asia '09 and Jennifer G. Case '09 received the George Wythe Award, an award given in recognition of selfless service by a member or members of the student body, during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 17.
Emily J. Dodds '09 received the Lawrence W. I'Anson Award, the highest award given to a graduating student by the Law School's faculty, during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 17.
On Saturday, May 16, the Law School community gathered in Colonial Willamsburg's Kimball Theatre with soon-to-be graduates, their families and friends to celebrate the Class of 2009's contributions and achievements.
The following is the 2009 Graduation Address by Robert E. Scott titled "The Lawyer as Public Citizen."
Robert E. Scott began his remarks at commencement with the humorous prediction that in a few years' time the graduates, if asked, would recall that their commencement speaker was "some guy from another law school." He urged them, however, to associate with their graduation the question he posed at the start of his remarks: "Can you be trusted?"
A paper written by Cullen Ann Drescher, who will graduate from the Law School on May 17, was chosen as the winning submission in the American Bankruptcy Institute's First Annual Bankruptcy Law Writing Competition.
Robert E. Scott, the Alfred McCormack Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, will serve as the commencement speaker at William & Mary Law School's graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Scott graduated from the Law School in 1968.
As the Law School's 2009-10 Drapers' Scholar, Genevieve Jenkins '09 will study at Queen Mary College of the University of London in the coming academic year.
In U.S. News & World Report's 2010 graduate school rankings released today, the Law School jumped two places among law schools in the U.S. and tied for 28th.
On April 17, William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously elected alumnus Henry C. Wolf, retired chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern, as the College's next Rector. Wolf ('64, J.D. '66) takes the post on July 1, 2009.
On April 3, the Law School hosted the Environmental Law Society's first Summit on Campus Climate Neutrality. The event, supported in part by a grant from the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, featured speakers and discussion panels that focused on mitigating the effects of climate change at the state, local, and campus levels.
In February, a team from William & Mary comprising Michelle Jacobs '09, Jessica Hass '10, and Arpan Sura '09 won top honors at the prestigious Gourley Tournament
The Law School's Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Justice hosted Zainah Anwar, founding member and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, on March 17. She also is currently the project director for Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.
John H. Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History at Yale Law School, received the 2008-09 Marshall-Wythe Medallion on April 2. The medallion is the highest honor given by faculty at the Law School and recognizes outstanding leaders from the bench, bar, and academia.
Close friends and family of the late Dick Williamson gathered at the President's house on the College of William & Mary campus on April 7 for an unveiling of a portrait of Williamson by artist Louis Briel. The portrait will be hung later this year outside the Faculty Room in the Law School's North Wing.
The Black Law Students Association was named National Chapter of the Year on March 21 at the National Black Law Students Association Convention. NBLSA has more than 200 law school chapters in the U.S. and five other countries.
On March 30, the Law School community gathered to express its gratitude and best wishes to Jim Moliterno, as he prepares to begin a new chapter in his professional life at Washington and Lee University as the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law.
Sarah Bellinger '09 has been awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship for her proposal to create a Special Education Clinic in concert with Advocacy, Inc., of Houston, Texas. Bellinger begins her fellowship with Advocacy, Inc., a disability rights public interest organization, following her graduation in May.
The 2008-2009 Stanley H. Mervis Lecture in Intellectual Property was presented by the Honorable H. Robert Mayer '71 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Five William & Mary faculty members are among forty law professors from around the nation who contributed essays to a new book entitled Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education (Vanderbilt University Press 2009).
A Q&A with Professor Nancy Combs, author of a new book entitled "Fact-Finding Without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions"(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2009).
The Law School's Benjamin Rush Scholars have chosen Ophelia Dahl, a health care advocate for the poor, as recipient of the 2009 Benjamin Rush Medal. The Benjamin Rush Scholars are a select group of law students who have distinguished themselves by their research and writing in health law and policy. This year's scholars are Mairead Blue '10, Matthew Mikula '10, Jeffrey Palmore '09, Michael Smith '09, Emily Uhre '09, and Mairead Blue '10.
The March 25 edition of the Daily Press featured a story on the expert panel on campus security and privacy hosted by The Wolf Law Library.
The Fifth Annual Ali's 5K Run/Walk, to benefit William & Mary's Campus Bone Marrow drive, was held on Saturday, March 21. More than 100 people participated in the event. For overall results and age-group results for the top finishers, click the full story.
For nearly two decades, Davison M. Douglas has served the William & Mary Law School as an acclaimed teacher, distinguished scholar, student mentor, and faculty leader. Today, he'll add dean to that list.
The Election Law Society and the Election Law Program at the Law School announced plans for the Third Annual Election Law Symposium on Friday, March 20. Featuring America's top experts in the field of election law, the symposium is built around the theme, "Campaigning in the Courts: The Role of Election Litigation."
On March 10, Phoenix Books released "The Obama Revolution," a new book by Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, a third -year law student at William & Mary. The book is the first published about the Obama campaign by a campaign staffer.
The Institute of Bill of Rights Law (IBRL) at William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., are pleased to announce the formation of a new joint project, the State Supreme Court Initiative. The Initiative will undertake projects to enhance the visibility of state supreme courts and create vehicles for public education about the work of state supreme courts. It will do so by forming a website, convening task forces, and running conferences that focus attention on state supreme courts.
The Center for Legal and Court Technology, a joint program of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, will host a Legal Technology Summer School on May 26 - June 26. The program is open to students who have completed at least one year of law study and comprises courses such as electronic discovery and data seizures, evidence, internet law, privacy in a technological age and technology augmented trial advocacy.
The Law School seeks members of the community willing to volunteer their time to serve as jurors for mock trial proceedings to be held on Wednesday, April 15, and Friday, April 17, in the Law School's McGlothlin Courtroom.
The Law School's National Moot Court Team continued its success this past week, as the duo of Johnny O'Kane '09 and Arpan Sura '09 were crowned champions of the 2009 Tulane University School of Law Mardi Gras Invitational. The annual sports law competition boasted a field of 38 teams from across the country.
The American Constitution Society (ACS) named the W&M student ACS chapter as its "Student Chapter of the Week" in the Feb. 19 edition of its weekly electronic newsletter. The newsletter noted that the chapter "has been organizing outstanding programs that advance ACS's mission to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution" and lauded the chapter's blog as among the most active on the W&M campus.
At the Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Conference, held on Jan. 30 at William & Mary's Sadler Center, Dean Lynda Butler and Professor Patricia Roberts recognized Jeffrey Breit, Pamela Darr Wright, and Peter Wright for their contributions to the Law School's new Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Initiative. The Initiative comprises the new Special Education Advocacy Clinic, directed by Roberts, and a new course on special education law and advocacy taught by the Wrights.
Thirteen law alumni recently received 2009 awards from the Law School's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Through the LRAP, graduates who work for private non-profit organizations or government employers are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 annually in loan forgiveness for a maximum of three years. William & Mary's LRAP has provided forgivable loans totaling $174,000 to 28 graduates since 2005.
On Feb. 6, the 1L class gathered for an exclusive question and answer session with College Chancellor Sandra Day O’Connor. 1L Johanna Lloyd found the highest court’s first female justice “approachable, inspiring and funny.”
The Special Education Advocacy Clinic will offer help with eligibility or IEP meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings.