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Dean Speaks About Law School's Enduring Characteristics at Nov. 14 Dinner

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.

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A Conversation with Lan Cao

Professor Lan Cao's unique and inspiring personal story is inextricable from her innovative scholarship and research.

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Families, Fundamentalism, & the First Amendment

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.

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Panel on Death Penalty Issues

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.

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Nationally Known Consultants Offer Students Career Advice for Challenging Job Market

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.

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First-Year Class Tours Colonial Williamsburg, Learns History of Community and Law School

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.

22nd Annual Supreme Court Preview, Oct. 2-3

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.

Constitution Day Lecture: "Originalism in the American Mind"

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.

Lecture by Spain's Ambassador to U.S.

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.

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Professor Nancy Combs Receives Cabell Professorship for 2009-2010

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.

William & Mary Law Professor Attends U.N. Disability Treaty Signing

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.

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Law School Welcomes New Class

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.

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William & Mary Welcomes New Civil Procedure Expert

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.

Cabell Foundation Challenge Grant to Help Fund Research Professorships

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.

William & Mary Law Students Assist Hunton & Williams in Promoting Choice of Law as Career Among Diverse High School Students

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.

Faculty: June ENews

Faculty news from the June 2009 edition of the Marshall-Wythe ENews.

Alumni Weekend 2009

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.

Butler Receives John Marshall Award

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.

Alumnus Thomas R. Frantz Receives Law School Association's 2009 Citizen-Lawyer Award

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.

Asia '09 and Case '09 Receive George Wythe Award at Graduation

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.

Scott '68 to Deliver Law School's Commencement Address

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.

Henry C. Wolf ('64, J.D. '66) Elected Rector of W&M

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.

Environmental Law Society Hosts Its First Summit on Campus Climate Neutrality

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.

Portrait of Professor Dick Williamson Unveiled

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.

Law School Celebrates Professor Jim Moliterno's Contributions

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.

Bellinger '09 Receives Equal Justice Works Fellowship

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.

Health Law Students to Honor Ophelia Dahl in April

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.

Fifth Annual Ali's Run/Walk Race Results

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.

Davison M. Douglas named Dean of William & Mary Law School

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.

March 20 Event to Feature Top Experts in Election Law

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."

Institute of Bill of Rights Law and National Center for State Courts Form State Supreme Court Initiative

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.

Center to Host Legal Technology Summer School

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.

Volunteer Jurors Needed for Law Student Trials in April

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.

Moot Court Team Wins Tulane Mardi Gras Invitational

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.

American Constitution Society Chooses W&M Chapter as "Student Chapter of the Week"

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.

Breit and Wrights Lauded for Contributions to Parents Engaged for Learning Equality Initiative

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 Alumni Receive 2009 LRAP Awards

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.

Chancellor O'Connor Educates - and Inspires - 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.”