Faculty Activities


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Peter Alces

January - Professor Peter Alces’s book, the Moral Conflict of Law and Neuroscience, was published this month by the University of Chicago Press. Robert Sapolsky, one of the nation’s foremost neuroscientists, had this to say about Peter’s book: “If [this book] had been written by a neuroscientist, it would ‘merely’ be excellent—clear, elegant, and thoughtful. The fact that it was written by a legal scholar makes it extraordinary and very brave. To my knowledge, no such scholar has ever presented so clearly and convincingly a fatal incompatibilism—neuroscience is disassembling the folk psychological notion of human agency on which criminal justice rests. And in the end, Alces convicts the justice system, asserting that the notion of moral responsibility which justifies retribution is itself ultimately immoral."

Elizabeth Andrews

August - Professor Elizabeth Andrews led a community workshop on the Eastern Shore as part of VCPC's RAFT project.

July - Professor Elizabeth Andrews discussed Acomack County's ability to bounce back from flooding using the Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool with law students of William & Mary and the University of Virginia.

May - Professor Elizabeth Andrews was the guest speaker for Virginia Beach Vision's Sea Level Rise Task Force, addressing members of the business community concerning Policy Challenges in Addressing Sea Level Rise in Virginia.

May - An article co-authored by Elizabeth Andrews, "Institutionalizing Resilience in U.S. Universities: Prospects, Opportunities, and Models," was published in the Marine Technology Society Journal.

Spring - Professor Elizabeth Andrews spoke on a panel with faculty from the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University regarding the joint Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool project.

Jeffrey Bellin

May - Professor Jeffrey Bellin received this year's McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching.

David Boelzner

May - Clinical Professor Dave Boelzner was part of a panel discussing the signs and symptons of PTSD, the benefits and help available to those with PTSD, and specific resources available at the Navy.

Tillman Breckenridge

May - Appellate & Supreme Court Clinic Director Tillman J. Breckenridge was inducted as an honorary member of the Order of Barristers at the 2018 law school Awards Ceremony.

Jay Butler

June - Professor Jay Butler was one of five scholars selected for fellowships by Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs for the 2018-19 academic year.

April - The American Society of International Law honored Professor Jay Butler with the Francis Lieber Prize for the most outstanding article published in 2017 in the field of law and armed conflict, "Amnesty for Even the Worst Offenders."

Lynda Butler

May - Professor Lynda Butler was the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Conference on Eminent Domain, speaking about Climate Change and Property Rights.

Eric Chason

January 24 - Professor Eric Chason’s article, “Taxing Systemic Risk” was featured in TaxProfBlog.  The article discusses problems associated with proposals to tax systemic risk as a regulatory stabilizing measure.

Evan J. Criddle

August - Professor Evan J. Criddle participated by invitation in a panel discussion sponsored by the Federalist Society at the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting in Boston.  The panel was titled "A Government of Trust? Government Officials, Fiduciary Duty, and Constitutional Government."

July - Professor Evan J. Criddle's essay "Fiduciary Law's Mixed Messages" was published as the opening chapter in the Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law.

February 5 - A grant from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will support research by Professor Evan J. Criddle and Professor Evan Fox-Decent of McGill University Faculty of Law on the cosmopolitan justice of international law. Their collaborative scholarship includes “Fiduciaries of Humanity: How International Law Constitutes Authority” (Oxford University Press, 2016). In January, the McGill Law Journal hosted a symposium, which featured the book as a touchstone for discussion by leading scholars. Read more.

Neal Devins


James Dwyer

July - Professor James Dwyer published a new book, Liberal Child Welfare Policy and its Destruction of Black Lives, the first book to provide a child-centered perspective on the subject.

April - Professor James Dwyer was honored with the Pulmeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Rebecca Green

May - Professor Rebecca Green became the first law school faculty member to be named a Reveley Interdisciplinary Fellow.  She will work with Professor Robert Rose, Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis, to expand and enhance a course teaching students to use GIS software and the law of redistricting to engage real-world legislative redistricting problems.

Tara Grove

May - Professor Tara Grove was selected by the Class of 2018 to receive the Walter L. Williams, Jr. Memorial Teaching Award.

Spring - The article "The Power of 'So-Called Judges'" by Professor Tara Grove was published in New York University Law Review.

Kevin Haberle

July - Professor Kevin Haberle's article "Making a Market for Corporate Disclosure" was published in the Yale Journal on Regulation.

Laura Heymann

Spring - Chancellor Professor of Law Laura Heymann presented on developments in copyright law to the Greater Richmond IP Law Association and to a workshop for museum professionals sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums.


Eric Kades

May - Professor Eric Kades was selected by the Class of 2020 to receive the inaugural 1L Professor of the Year Award.

May - The article "Natural Property Rights, the Takings Clause, Taxation, and Excessive Rigidity," by Professor Eric Kades, was featured on TaxProf Blog.

Stacy Kern-Scheerer

June - Professor Stacy Kern-Scheerer was awarded the Kelly Professorship for Excellence in Teaching.

Allison Orr Larsen

April - Professor Allison Orr Larsen was honored with the Pulmeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Fredric Lederer

May - Professor Fred Lederer's essay, "Improving Access to Justice Through Technology," was published in the ABA Journal.

Linda Malone

July - Professor Linda Malone presented a work-in-progress on organized wildlife trafficking at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law held in Montreal and at the annual meeting of the World Conservation Union Academy of Environmental Law held in Glasgow.

Spring - Professor Linda Malone presented "Too Old and Crazy to be Executed" at a symposium on the death penalty at Texas Tech Law School.

Paul Marcus

August - The 5th Edition of Criminal Procedure in Practice by Paul Marcus, Melanie Wilson, and Jack Zimmerman was released by ABA Publishing.

August - Professor Paul Marcus' article, "The Miranda Custory Requirement and Juveniles," was published by the University of Tennessee Law Review.  Read the paper.

July - Professor Paul Marcus attended the AALS planning meeting in Portland, Maine; the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference in Montreal; and the Africa Ideas Summit on campus.

May - Professor Paul Marcus was honored with the Graves Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.

Thomas J. McSweeney

April - Professor Thomas J. McSweeney was honored with the Pulmeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Spring - Professor Thomas J. McSweeney gave the keynote address at the conference "Land, Law, and Governance" organized by the Graduate Association of Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Sarah Rajec

July - Professor Sarah Rajec presented "Infringement, Unbound" at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum at Richmond Law School.

James Stern

August & September - Professor James Stern served as an advisor to Senator Susan Collins on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

August - Professor James Stern was selected as a 2019 Thomas Edison Innovation Scholar by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

April - Professor James Stern was honored with the Pulmeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Jennifer Stevenson

Spring - Professor Jennifer S. Stevenson recently traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Fuzhou, China.  She held admitted students/alumni receptions in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing.  She also gave a talk on “Teaching Negotiation Skills in the U.S.” to students and visited previous and potential visiting scholars at Fuzhou University.