February 20, 2009


Dean Search Committee Update
The last of the six dean candidate finalists, Frank Alexander of Emory Law School, interviewed this Monday and Tuesday.  The Search Committee has been consulting with all constituencies one last time over the last few days, and will meet on Monday afternoon (2/23) to select the list of 3-5 names to forward to President Reveley and Provost Feiss.  If you had the opportunity to meet any of the finalists (Linda Mullenix; Ron Cass; Wendy Perdue; Dave Douglas; Larry Ponoroff; Frank Alexander) and would like to share any thoughts with the Search Committee, please send them to [[eakade,Professor Eric Kades]], Chair of the Search Committee.  If you wish to comment anonymously, just let Professor Kades know.


Chancellor O'Connor Educates - and Entertains - the First-Year Class
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." Click for more.


Q&A: First Amendment Scholar Explores "Speech Out of Doors" in New Book
In a new book published by Cambridge University Press, Professor Tim Zick examines the erosion of protection of First Amendment activities in public places. Click for more.


New Clinic to Assist Children with Special Needs and Their Families
The Law School announced the opening of a new Special Education Advocacy Clinic in January to assist children with special needs and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings. The clinic is part of the new Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Initiative. Click for more.

Breit and Wrights Lauded for Contributions to PELE Initiative.  Click for more.


Thirteen Alumni Receive 2009 LRAP Awards
Thirteen law alumni recently received 2009 awards from the Law School's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Through 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. Click here to read more.


Law School on Facebook
Looking to connect with current or past classmates, find Marshall-Wythe alumni in your area, or learn what's on the Law School's calendar? If you answered any of these questions with a "yes," visit the William & Mary Law School page on Facebook. Start networking today!  Click here for the page.


Alumni Weekend, April 17-18
Committees have been hard at work to make this year's alumni weekend one to remember! Events include reunions of the Classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2008. Brochures and registration forms were mailed earlier this month. Visit the Alumni Weekend website and class web pages.

In the News
The Boundaries of Intellectual Property Symposium, co-sponsored earlier this month by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law and the William and Mary Law Review, was featured in the BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal and on scholar Rebecca Tushnet's 43 (B)log. Click here to read more.

The American Constitution Society (ACS) named the William & Mary ACS Chapter as its "Student Chapter of the Week" in the Feb. 19, 2009, 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 William & Mary campus. Click here to read more.

Career Opportunities at the Law School
The Law School invites applications for an Assistant Dean for Career Services. Review of applications will begin on March 9 and will continue until the position is filled. Click here to read more.


On the Calendar

Visit the Events Page for more information on these and other upcoming events

Remembering Brown v. Board of Education:
W&M Law Professors Davison Douglas, Linda Malone, Paul Marcus, and Larry Palmer
February 26, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 127

William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law Symposium
February 28, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM PM | McGlothlin Courtroom

2008-2009 Mervis Lecture in Intellectual Property:
Judge H. Robert Mayer '71
March 18, 12:50 PM - 2:00 PM | Room 127

2009 Ali's Run 5K Run & Walk to Benefit Bone Marrow Drive
March 21, 10 AM - noon | Bicentennial Park (one block from Law School)

Post a Position, Schedule an Interview
In this challenging job market, leads from alumni are more important than ever in helping our students find summer and post-graduation jobs. Alumni are welcome to use the Employer Services page to schedule on-campus, off-campus, or videoconference interviews, request resume collection, or list positions to which students and/or graduates can apply. Click here to read more.

Learn more about career services at the Law School, including services for graduates interested in changing jobs.

Have You Changed Your Work or Home Address?
We want to stay in touch. You can update your contact information online by logging into the Alumni Directory and clicking on the link ("To update your own information"). Go to the online directory page.

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