Over the past 45 years, William & Mary Law School's student newspaper has gone through nine name changes in 400 issues.
The first issue in 1970 included articles such as "Bachelor's Beef" and "Parking Woes," and featured an ad for the Colonial Restaurant where you could get a luncheon special for anywhere from 85 cents to $1.25. Breaking news? The November 11, 1975, issue had an article titled "Former Senator Spong Rumored Dean Choice." Search Committee Chair (and future Dean and W&M President) Tim Sullivan wouldn't comment. The January 27, 1976, issue had an article titled "New Marshall-Wythe Law Building Included In Gov. Godwin's Budget." The building would makes its debut four years later in 1980. Want to check results on something once humorously dubbed by students as the "Ambulance Chase" races, or take a look at ads from years gone by for the New You Shoppe, Jan Mar Beauty Salon, Mr. Donut, Prince George Delly, or the Band Box? You can find them all in the pages of Marshall-Wythe's student newspapers.
You can now read all the issues in the William & Mary Law School Scholarship Repository, created by the staff of the Wolf Law Library. Thanks to the staff's efforts, the Law School now has one of the largest repositories among U.S. law schools--with more than 4 million downloaded articles since its inception in 2010. The repository also includes every issue of the Law School's student-edited law journals, a collection of faculty publications dating from 1833 to the present, and class photos, starting with the Law School Class of 1949.
Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 to train leaders for the new nation. Now in its third century, America's oldest law school continues its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.