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Military Mondays

Second Lieutenant Austin Swink J.D. '17 talks about his life and his involvement with the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic Military Mondays program.

$1M given to William & Mary Law School for new atrium

A modern atrium space for law students called Penny Commons will be a part of the new wing of William & Mary Law School, thanks to a $1 million commitment from Pamela Jordan Penny '77 and James D. Penny J.D. '83.

Economic Toll of Sea Level Rise Could Be Significant in Hampton Roads, Study Finds

A new study commissioned by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at William & Mary Law School, "Costs of Doing Nothing," projects that absent any adaptive measures, sea level rise could exact a profound economic toll on the Hampton Roads region in coming decades

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Law School Community Gathers to Honor Veterans' Service

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the Law School on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, for the school’s annual observance honoring the sacrifices and service of the nation’s veterans.

Virginia Coastal Policy Center Hosts Dec. 2 Conference, "Living with the Water"

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the Law School will host its fourth annual conference on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. With the theme “Living with the Water: Too Much, and Too Little,” the conference will feature industry and government leaders addressing the pressing issues facing Virginia’s coastal areas now and in the future.

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McGlothlin Leadership Fellows Engage with Law and Business Students during Annual Forum

The 2016 McGlothlin Leadership Forum gave law and business students the opportunity to engage with three top leaders in law and business during seminar-style classes and other events during the three-day proceedings on October 25-27. The annual forum, now its sixth year, is the vision of Frances G. and James W. McGlothlin ’62, J.D. ’64, LL.D. ’00.

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Message from the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic

As we approach Veterans Day, the law schools who help veterans on a pro bono basis need just your name in support of their work . . . Help us reach our goal of 500 more names before Veterans Day!

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Trial Team Takes First Place in St. John’s National Civil Rights Trial Competition

William & Mary Law School’s National Trial Team took home first place at the Peter James Johnson Memorial National Civil Rights Trial Competition hosted by St. John’s University School of Law in New York on October 20-23. William & Mary faced Houston, last year’s winners, in the final round of the competition.

Law Students to Host Election Day VOTEline

On Nov. 8, students at William & Mary Law School are set to run the W&M VOTEline at (757) 221-2890, a voter assistance hotline aimed at responding to questions local citizens have about voting. This non-partisan voter assistance hotline will be operated by students in William & Mary Law School’s Election Law Society.

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Justice McClanahan Shares the Wisdom of the “72 Hour Rule” with Students

Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan of the Supreme Court of Virginia recently met and spoke over lunch with students during an October 17 visit to the Law School. In her talk, titled “From My Heart to Yours: Managing the Stress of Law and Life,” she gave law students valuable pointers on how to manage stress in law school and the practice of law. Her visit was made possible by the Law School’s Richard A. Williamson Fellowship Program.

Lives Joined at Marshall Wythe: Jeffrey and Maribeth Lowe

If they had to guess, they would say that they probably met each other for the first time in the Law School’s lobby. As they prepare to celebrate their twenty- fifth wedding anniversary, Jeffrey Lowe ’89 and Mary (Maribeth) Baroody Lowe ’91 appreciate the special role Marshall-Wythe has played in their lives.

Matilda of Canossa Exhibit Travels to Florence

The exhibition “Matilda of Canossa: The Woman Who Changed the Course of History” celebrates the 900th anniversary of the death of Matilda, Countess of Tuscany. It is on view at the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, from June 14 through October 10, 2016.

Literature and Law
Reading Groups Make for Lively Discussions Among Faculty and New Students

Fourteen groups led by faculty comprised William & Mary Law School’s 1L Reading Group Program in fall 2016. Among the books chosen this year by participating faculty for discussion were “The Autobiography of an Execution” by David R. Dow, “Gideon’s Trumpet” by Anthony Lewis, and “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Clinic Seeks Supreme Court Certification in Civil Case Involving Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Client

On September, 2,the Law School's Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of Sai, an individual. Sai's petition presents the issue of whether orders denying appointment of counsel in civil cases should be immediately appealable under the collateral order doctrine.

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Building an Appellate Clinic, an essay by Professor Tillman J. Breckenridge

This essay originally appeared on the ABA website. ©2016 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

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Law School Welcomes New Students

The Law School recently welcomed the J.D. Class of 2019, the LL.M. Class of 2017, and transfer and visiting students.

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Professor Jay Butler Joins Faculty

William & Mary welcomes a new international law scholar and teacher to the faculty: Professor Jay Butler.

Appellate Clinic News: Sixth Circuit Issues Opinion in Crawford v. Geiger

On August 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided in favor of William & Mary Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic clients Mark Crawford, Brendon Reed, and Debra Ornelas, the Plaintiff-Appellees in Crawford v. Geiger, Case Nos. 15-4180 and 15-4181. The Plaintiffs allege that they were unlawfully arrested with excessive force when police escalated a misunderstanding regarding a burglary call into a violent arrest of a family on their own rural Ohio property.

Library Digitizes St. George Tucker Almanacs

William & Mary Libraries recently digitized its collection of St. George Tucker almanacs, making these materials open and accessible online.

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Virginia Environmental Endowment Funds William & Mary Projects

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law School and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science have each received funding for projects during the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE). The grants were among VEE awards of more than $250,000 to 13 organizations.

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Michael Collett J.D. '16 Honored for Outstanding Service to the Law School Community

Michael Collett J.D. ’16 received the George Wythe Award at the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 15. The award is named in honor of George Wythe, William & Mary's and the nation's first professor of law, and is given each year to a graduating student in recognition of his or her outstanding and selfless service.

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Cameron Ginder J.D. '16 Receives I'Anson Award

Cameron Ginder J.D. '16 received the I'Anson Award, the highest award given to a graduating student by the Law School faculty, during the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 15.

Jack Pigge Convicted in Law School’s Fairy-tale Trial

The trial, part of the semiannual fairy tale trial series organized by the CLCT, is designed to give elementary school students an overview of American courtroom procedure through an accessible and entertaining fact pattern.

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Gum to Receive Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Award

Lieutenant Kaylee R. Gum, who will graduate from the Law School in May, will receive the Virginia State Bar's Oliver White Hill Pro Bono Award in June.

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Law Students Help Plant Change in Southeast Community of Newport News

On April 23, Arbor Day, students from the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Student Environmental and Animal Law Society, and Black Law Student Association joined the Southeast CARE Coalition for a second year to “Plant the Change” in the Southeast Community of Newport News, VA.

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One Tribe One Day

One Tribe One Day is William & Mary’s giving day: a chance to show the world how much alma mater means to us. On April 19, 2016, William & Mary will celebrate our third annual One Tribe One Day – one extraordinary day of giving back and paying it forward.

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Alumni Profile: Brian Goebel '93, J.D. '96

From his home on the West Coast, Goebel works hard at promoting the values and priorities he believes are necessary to build a stronger nation: civic engagement and collaboration.

Military Mondays Expand Across the Country

W&M Law School's and Starbucks' Military Mondays program is being developed by other organizations and schools, and is helping veterans across the country.

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Tenth Annual Election Law Symposium on March 17 to Focus on Data Accuracy and Voting in the 2016 Election

The Election Law Society and the Election Law Program at William & Mary Law School announce the Tenth Annual Election Law Symposium to take place on Thursday, March 17. Featuring prominent election attorneys, policy analysts, and a current EAC Commissioner, the symposium addresses the topic Fixing the Lists: Data Accuracy and Voting in the 2016 Election.

Remembering Professor Emeritus Emeric Fischer

The late Professor Emeric Fischer was a leader, recognized by his peers for his dedication to students and cultivating an atmosphere of excellence.

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Professor Allison Orr Larsen Receives Tenure

William & Mary announced that its Board of Visitors has conferred tenure on Professor Allison Orr Larsen and promoted her from associate professor of law to professor of law.

Professor Grove Receives 2016 Bator Award as Outstanding Legal Scholar Under the Age of 40

Professor Tara Leigh Grove of William & Mary Law School received the Federalist Society’s 2016 Paul M. Bator Award on February 27 at the society’s 35th National Student Symposium, held at the University of Virginia School of Law. The award each year honors a legal scholar under the age of 40 “who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact.”

Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Links to news articles and photos from the multiple occasions the justice spoke at the university and at the Law School, information on honors he received from the university and Law School, and comments from law faculty on the justice's life and legacy.

Join Us Today at the ELPR and Virginia Coastal Policy Center Symposium: Current Developments in Environmental Justice

This symposium sponsored by the Environmental Law and Policy Review and the Virginia Coastal Policy Center will bring together seasoned academics and practitioners to discuss fresh perspectives on the definition of environmental justice; the public health implications of environmental justice; best practices for those currently fighting for environmental justice; and environmental justice in an international context.

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Professor Angela Banks on Respectability Narratives and the Quest for Citizenship

How is the discussion framed, and whose values are brought to the fore, when we talk about immigration and access to citizenship in our national debates? Professor Angela Banks shared perspectives informed by her current research on these and other questions at the fall Blackstone Lecture at the Law School.

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Law Alumnae Cross Paths at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Although their years at the Law School did not overlap, and it may have seemed unlikely that their paths would cross except perhaps at a reunion, Fahimeh Manjili J.D. '15 and Steffanie Garrett J.D. '91 are now colleagues at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Appellate Clinic News: Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in U.S. v. Williams

On December 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion in U.S. v. Williams in favor of the appellant, represented by William & Mary Law School's Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic. The opinion was a unanimous decision, authored by Judge Robert B. King and joined by Judges Barbara Milano Keenan and Henry F. Floyd.

Zick Explores Protecting First Amendment Liberties At and Beyond Our Borders

In recent weeks, the American public has been transfixed by the danger of online terrorist speech and calls for religion-based limits on the movement of persons across U.S. territorial borders. In his recently published book, "The Cosmopolitan First Amendment," Professor Zick describes and defends a “cosmopolitan” approach to these and other issues, one that situates First Amendment rights and values in a globalized and digitized world.