On September 21st, William & Mary Law School kicked off its Supreme Court Preview with a live taping of the “First Mondays” podcast — becoming only the fourth law school in the country to host an on-site recording of the popular series.
The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference celebrated its 15th anniversary in October, with members of the bench, bar and academia exploring recent developments in the laws that affect property rights.
Professor Stewart E. Sterk of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has received the 2018 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize from the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project.
Before the annual Property Rights Conference, experts spoke with law students about the challenges and rewards of working with people to navigate the unique and often difficult processes of an eminent domain claim.
Criminal Defense Attorney Adeola Ogunkeyede and W&M Law School’s new Dean of Student Services Laura Shepherd talked about their experiences working in the public sector during BLSA's first speaker series event of the Fall semester.
Before the Supreme Court convened its 2018-19 term, legal scholars, judges, lawyers and journalists came to W&M Law School for the 31st Annual Supreme Court Preview.
Judge Patricia Millett was on hand during William & Mary Law School's Constitution Day event to deliver a lecture and celebrate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Alumnae shared expertise and advice on mentoring with students at William & Mary Law School's Seventh Annual Leadership Conference.
The Drapers Scholarship recipient receives a fellowship to study law and earn an LL.M. degree at Queen Mary University of London. This opportunity is made possible by the generosity of the Drapers Company of London, which for many years has had a special relationship with William & Mary.
The Anderson Scholars program, which began in 2010, awards student leaders and honors the contributions of the late Alvin P. Anderson ’70, J.D. ’72.
The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, hosted each fall since 2004 by the Law School’s Property Rights Project, will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary on October 4-5
Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, received the 2018-19 Marshall-Wythe Medallion at a dinner in her honor on Sept. 6 held at William & Mary's historic Wren Building.
Last spring, William & Mary Law School introduced a new series called “Wellness Wednesdays,” a program aimed at helping law students cope with stress and encourage overall wellness.
Oxford University Press released the latest book by Professor Timothy Zick on September 12 titled "The Dynamic Free Speech Clause: Free Speech and Its Relation to Other Constitutional Rights."
William & Mary rose 16 spots to rank as the 28th most-cited law faculty in the country, according to the latest Scholarly Impact Ranking released in August. The rankings study, conducted by Professor Gregory C. Sisk and his co-authors, cited William & Mary as one of four law schools achieving “dramatic rises” in the rankings.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, a 2007 graduate of William & Mary Law School, has been confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
A new school year is upon us, and W&M Law School recently welcomed the J.D. Class of 2021 and LL.M. Class of 2019.
The new course taught by Professor Stacy Kern-Scheerer and Professor Adam Gershowitz will explore the medical and legal landscape of the epidemic and options for addressing the crisis.
On July 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a published opinion in Ross v. City of Jackson, Missouri, in favor of Appellant James Ross, a client of the William & Mary Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic. The opinion was a unanimous decision, authored by Judge Jane Kelly and joined by Judges James B. Loken and Raymond W. Gruender.
Professor Tillman Breckenridge, managing attorney of W&M Law School’s Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic, has been named one of 2018’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers."
The Center for Climate and Security, the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, and the Whole of Government Center of Excellence recently held a Joint Discussion Forum that saw experts discussing ways that Hampton Roads communities and military bases can address the impacts of a rising sea.
Prof. Dwyer’s new book, published by Routledge, provides a child-centered perspective on liberal child welfare policy.
William & Mary Law Professors Nancy Combs and James Stern served as law clerks for Justice Anthony Kennedy and fondly remember their former boss.
A growing number of William & Mary law students are able to share their skills and gain a global perspective on challenges to the rule of law through the Law School’s Summer International Internship Program.
Carter, a graduate of W&M Law School and the former assistant Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney, is the first woman and African-American to be a full-time 16th District General District Court Judge.
William & Mary Law School’s Fredric I. Lederer and the Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT) are part of an exciting new project on Artificial Intelligence and Justice, funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Professor Rebecca Green, Co-Director of the Law School's Election Law Program, and Dr. Robert Rose, Director of William & Mary's Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) co-taught a new course in fall 2017 titled "Legislative Redistricting and Geographic Information Systems."
William & Mary Law School hosted Governor Ralph Northam, who signed House Bill 345, establishing a new cabinet position for Virginia: Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Justice Neil Gorsuch cited an article by Professor William Baude (Chicago) and Professor James Y. Stern (William & Mary) in their dissents in Carpenter v. United States, a decision announced today.
Text of remarks given by Professor Timothy Zick to the Virginia Council of Presidents on June 18.
Professor Stacy Kern-Scheerer has been awarded the Kelly Professorship for Excellence in Teaching for a two-year term beginning in fall 2018. The professorship is named in honor of the late Herbert V. Kelly, Sr., B.A. '41, B.C.L. '43, who was the senior partner at Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly in Newport News, Va., until his death in 2007.
Dean Douglas provided an overview of the successes of the Moot Court Team, National Trial Team, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team during the J.D. Class of 2018 Awards Ceremony on May 12.
Laura Bladow J.D. ’18 received the I’Anson Award on May 13. The award recognizes great professional promise as demonstrated through scholarship, character and leadership.
For her commitment to distinguished public service, Michaela Lieberman J.D. ’18 was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award during this year's graduation ceremony.
A number of W&M LL.M. students received awards during the annual luncheon before spring graduation.
Professor Jay Butler is among five scholars selected for fellowships by Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) for the 2018-19 academic year.
Kevin McCandlish J.D. ’18 received the George Wythe Award at the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 13. The award is named in honor of George Wythe—Wiliam & 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.
J.W. (“Jack”) Montgomery III, a member of William & Mary Law School’s Class of 1972, was inducted as an honorary member of the Order of the Coif during the school’s Awards Ceremony on May 12 in Williamsburg, Va.
The following awards and recognitions were presented to J.D. Class of 2018 graduates on May 12.
At graduation, the Class of 2018 celebrated another amazing Class Gift participation rate of 92 percent, the fifth straight year of 90 percent or more for the 3L class.
Tillman J. Breckenridge, an adjunct professor of law and managing attorney of the Law School’s Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic, was recently named an honorary member of The Order of Barristers.
Jody Forsyth, an adjunct professor at the Law School and a member of the William & Mary Foundation Board, was happy to present his daughter Sam with her diploma during this year's Graduation Ceremony at Lake Matoaka.
Carl Jackson accepted the John Marshall Award on behalf of his family during the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony on May 13.
Awards and recognitions were given during Commencement Weekend on May 11-13 to citizen lawyers, exceptional teachers, and gradutes excelling in scholarship, character, leadership and service.
Professor Jeffrey Bellin was honored with the McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching at the Law School’s May 13 Diploma Ceremony. The recognition includes a substantial prize, made possible through the generosity of James W. McGlothlin '62, J.D. '64, LL.D. '00 and Frances Gibson McGlothlin '66, L.H.D. '18.
The Law School’s first-year class recently chose Professor Eric A. Kades as recipient of the inaugural 1L Professor of the Year Award for outstanding teaching. Rebecca K. Jaeger J.D. ’20 presented the award to Kades at the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony on May 13.
At the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 13, the Class of 2018 honored Professor Tara Leigh Grove with the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award, which is given each year by graduating students to a member of the faculty to recognize outstanding teaching.
The William & Mary Law School Alumni Association honored Beth Hopkins J.D. 77 with the 2018 Citizen-Lawyer Award during the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 13. The award is the association’s highest recognition and is given annually to a graduate or friend of the Law School who has made "a lifetime commitment to citizenship and leadership."
The William & Mary Law School Alumni Association recognized M. Cabell Clay J.D. '08 as recipient of the Taylor Reveley Award during the Law School's May 13 Diploma Ceremony.
Marilyn Booker, Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley’s Urban Markets Group, gave the Commencement address during this year's graduation ceremony on May 13.
Professor Laura A. Heymann has been named a Chancellor Professor of Law at William & Mary for her significant contributions to William & Mary.
Professor Rebecca Green was recently named a Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, the first law faculty member to receive this campus-wide honor
The William & Mary Law Review has published 15 timely articles that grew out of topics first presented at a symposium, “2020 Redistricting: Mapping a New Political Decade,” held at William & Mary Law School on February 17, 2017.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed William & Mary Law School alumnus Zachary Terwilliger J.D. ’07 as Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Thomas T. Cullen J.D. ‘04 was formally sworn in earlier this month as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.
The bequest will be used to establish the Howard and Nancy Spainhour Law Scholarship Endowment Fund.
The Environmental Law Institute has chosen an article by Kristin McCarthy, a rising third-year student at William & Mary Law School, as the winner of its 2017-2018 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition, the Institute announced in a press release today.
The university honored Professor Marcus at commencement on May 12 with the Thomas Graves, Jr., Awad for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.
William & Mary recognized Natalia Rezai, a graduating law student, with the Thatcher Prize for Excellence during commencement on May 12. The university awards the honor each year to a graduate or professional student who exemplifies outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law School has received a $30,000 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment for a project titled “Integrating Resilience into State and Local Plans,” the Law School announced today.
Steve A. Isaacs ’70, J.D. ’73 of Richmond, Va., has been named the recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia.
Can a music score created by artificial intelligence (AI) be copyrighted – in the U.S., Canada, or the European Union? Will there be civil or criminal jurisdiction for an act based in part on data transmitted via the Internet-of-Things (IoT)? These questions are just a few of the issues discussed during the spring semester in a new course, “Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and Their Effects on the Legal Landscape.”
The professors are among 20 William & Mary faculty being honored for their exemplary contributions in teaching, research and service.
As part of its continuing work, the Center for Legal and Court Technology invited law students in the European Union, Canada, and the United States to submit papers setting forth novel legal issues posed by these rapidly expanding technologies. The winners, all of whom will receive cash rewards funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation grant, were announced in April 2018.
William & Mary Law School’s Moot Court team is ranked tenth in the nation according to new data compiled by the University of Houston Law Center.
Ten reunion classes celebrated their homecoming and provided generous class gifts for the Law School during this year's Alumni Weekend festivities.
In celebration of the Class of 2018 surpassing 90 percent participation in its 3L Gift, students and faculty recently played in the Marshall-Wythe Family Feud game with actual survey questions from students.
A portrait of Professor Emerita Jayne Barnard was officially unveiled on Friday, April 13, during the opening festivities of Alumni Weekend 2018.
Professor Adam Gershowitz's students have had unusually pleasant homework this semester: watching the first two seasons of HBO’s The Wire. Gershowitz teaches a course of his own design that uses the hit series as a springboard to discuss some of the most pressing issues in criminal law.
Professor Jennifer Stevenson traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Fuzhou in the People's Republic of China during spring 2018 semester. Professor Stevenson is Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Associate Director of the American Legal System Graduate Program, and Professor of the Practice of Law.
Robert H. Thomas of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert in Honolulu will teach during the fall semester as William & Mary Law School’s inaugural Joseph T. Waldo Visiting Chair in Property Rights Law, the school announced today. The chair is named in honor of alumnus Joseph T. Waldo (’78), founder of Waldo & Lyle in Norfolk, who served as Co-Chair of the school’s annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference from 2004-2017.
William & Mary Law School came in 14th among U.S. law schools in percentage of Class of 2017 graduates that secured full-time, long-term federal judicial clerkships, the school announced today.
Garrett Epps writing in The Atlantic on April 16, highlights three briefs filed in Trump v. Hawaii in an article titled ‘The Travel Ban's Ignominious Precedents.” Among them, a brief filed in March by religious studies scholars that was written by William & Mary Law Professor Nathan B. Oman that recounts the effort to exclude nineteenth century Mormon immigrants.
The William & Mary Election Law Program recently hosted "Election Data Security: Testing Critical Infrastructure Designation,” a symposium that began with a war game simulating an election security dispute in the fictional state of Flichigan.
Commissioned by Sea Grant Virginia and Wetlands Watch, Taylor Goelz, Lauren Pudvah and Peter Quinn-Jacobs prepared reports on 16 communities, from Barnstable, Massachusetts, to Miles City, Montana. They wanted to know how those communities worked at producing their Community Rating System, thus saving money for residents with government issued flood insurance.
The Honorable Pierre N. Leval, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, delivered the 2017-18 Mervis Lecture in Intellectual Property on April 3 at William & Mary Law School.
When Jim Penney J.D. ’83 attended law school, he needed to take out loans to pay for his degree and to make ends meet. Thirty-five years later, Penney and his wife, LauraLeigh Young, have chosen to help reduce the financial burden for future William & Mary law students with a $1 million gift toward scholarships, the top priority of the university’s For the Bold campaign.
Marilyn F. Booker, Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley’s Urban Markets Group, will deliver the address at William & Mary Law School’s Diploma Ceremony on May 13.
William & Mary Law School Professor Jay Butler was recognized on April 5 with the Francis Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law for the most outstanding article published in 2017 in the field of law and armed conflict.
William & Mary Law School ranks number one among law programs on the 2018-2019 list of Top 10 Military Friendly® Graduate Schools, Victory Media announced on April 4.
The Law School’s Center for the Study of Law and Markets recently hosted Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar, who gave a detailed overview of the SEC and answered student and faculty questions about the agency’s current focuses.
The Law School has been fortunate to have students from multiple continents take part in the LL.M. program and offer a wealth of experience and knowledge. In particular, the Law School has enjoyed having multiple students from Saudi Arabia.
Professor Stewart E. Sterk of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will receive the 2018 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize in October from the William & Mary Property Rights Project. Sterk will be honored during the project’s 15th annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference to be held at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va., on October 4-5.
VA General Counsel James M. Byrne recently visited the Law School and addressed the combined classes of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic.
On April 13-14, the Law School community welcomes alumni back to campus for our annual alumni weekend!
Nikki Sanford, a Class of 2016 graduate of William & Mary Law School, practices law at Baker & Hostetler in Seattle and is one of 19 runners who will participate in the 2018 MS Run the US cross-country relay which begins later this month.
Ten months out, the Class of 2017 is getting some impressive jobs.
White House Counsel Don McGahn visited William & Mary Law School on Friday, March 23, to give a talk to first-year constitutional law students.
Professor Roberta Romano of Yale Law School received the 2017-2018 Marshall-Wythe Medallion at a dinner in her honor on March 15 held at William & Mary's historic Wren Building.
W&M's Law and Business schools recently teamed up to hold a two-day conference with experts who represent the cutting edge of thought and action in the field of cyber security.
Third-year Law Student Matt Rosendahl has won a Burton Legal Writing Award for his Note , iTenant: How the Law Should Treat Rental Relationships in the Sharing Economy. Rosendahl’s Note was published earlier this year in the William & Mary Law Review.
"Office Hours" is the official podcast of the Law School featuring light but substantive conversations with prominent experts from the faculty as well as other notable contributors. The podcast is co-hosted by a William & Mary Law School student, Michaela Lieberman, and Professor Jeffrey Bellin.
Today’s guest is William & Mary President Taylor Reveley. Finishing out the last year of his ten-year term, President Reveley looks back over his career, discusses the state of higher education and William & Mary, and reveals his plans for the future.
Gifts in Dean Jackson's memory may made me made to fund a lighted flagpole and patio area to be located outside the entrance to the Hixon Center.
Members of the William & Mary community shared these thoughts following news of her death on February 27. If you have a remembrance that you would like to share on this site, please send it to the Law School via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law.com featured a sneak peak at its 2018 list (full report to be released March 9).
The Law School opened its second African-American Law Alumni Celebration with the unveiling of a portrait of Edward Travis B.C.L. '54, the School's first African-American graduate.
Alumni gathered on Feb. 23-24 for the second African-American Law Alumni Celebration, a series of lunches, panels and dinners that fostered fellowship with classmates and forging ties with current students.
The 47th Annual William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Tournament enjoyed an unprecedented level of success this year thanks to the efforts of Moot Court students, faculty, staff and volunteers.
Dean Jackson passed away on February 27. This is the text of her obituary. It also includes a link to the message sent by the Provost to the campus community on March 2.
Story from HeroSports.com about Paul Rowley, a 1L student and member of the Tribe basketball team.
On this episode, 3L Bill Bray discusses how six years pitching for the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals prepares you for law school.
On February 27, faculty and students competed in the annual pie-eating contest, which provides financial support to bone marrow transplant patients.
Professor Peter A. Alces recently discussed his new book, which examines the conflict between the legal system and rapidly emerging neuroscientific research.
Breit, a veteran of more than 200 jury trials, has coached the Law School's National Trial Team through 14 seasons.
Several recent campus events explored issues around free speech.
This year's W&M Journal of Women and the Law's annual symposium looked at “Enhancing Women’s Effect on Law Enforcement in the Age of Police and Protest."
William & Mary Law School and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia recently hosted a number of First Amendment experts at a symposium on "Speech, Protest, and the Role of State Actors."
William & Mary’s Board of Visitors today unanimously elected Katherine A. Rowe, currently provost of Smith College and a leader in digital innovation of the liberal arts, as the 28th president of the university. She will begin on July 1.
The College of William & Mary hosted an interactive forum about free speech on college and university campuses on January 25 at the Sadler Center. The program was co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Student Assembly.
First-year law student Paul Rowley is a member of a select group: he is one of three first-year law students in the country playing Division 1 basketball. Read his Q&A in the National Law Journal.
Professor Evan J. Criddle of William & Mary Law School and Professor Evan Fox-Decent of McGill University Faculty of Law are among the scholars who recently received Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grants from the government of Canada. The grant will support a five-year research project on the cosmopolitan justice of international law.
In his new book from the University of Chicago Press, W&M Law Professor Peter A. Alces examines the conflict between the legal system and rapidly emerging neuroscientific research.
As part of its comprehensive LL.M. program, centered around both the doctrinal and practical knowledge of the U.S. legal system, the Law School offers its LL.M. students the opportunity to participate in introductory and advanced Lawyering Skills courses throughout two semesters.
At 25, Graham Bryant B.A. ’13, J.D. ‘16 becomes the youngest trustee ever named to the Ruritan National Foundation.
Professor Allison Orr Larsen on DACA: Its History, Legal Controversies, and What Lies Ahead
Professor Jeffrey Bellin has joined the ranks of authors on the prestigious Federal Practice and Procedure treatise published by Thomson Reuters. The treatise, commonly identified by the names of its original authors, "Wright & Miller," is regularly relied on by courts, practitioners, and scholars alike.
On January 12, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a published opinion in Peña v. City of Rio Grande City, Texas in favor of Appellant Maria Peña, a client of the William & Mary Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic.
When you have a tall kid, you make them play basketball. It’s an unspoken parenting rule that Paul Rowley’s ’17, J.D. ’20 parents did not ignore.
Dave Johnson of the Daily Press talked to first-year law student Paul Rowley, a member of William & Mary's Tribe basketball team.
The Associated Press, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were among the news outlets that turned to Professor Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program, for comment about recent developments concerning the House District 94 election in Virginia.
If confirmed by the New Jersey Senate in 2018, Grewal will be the first Sikh American to serve as a state attorney general in the United States.
Dominion Energy is helping veterans with a generous grant to the Law School's Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic in support of Military Mondays.
Following oral arguments, "Concurring Opinions," the "Volokh Conspiracy," and Reason magazine took note of a Harvard Law Review article by Professor James Y. Stern and Professor William Baude (Chicago).
Professor Rebecca Green, Co-Director of the Law School's Election Law Program, and Dr. Robert Rose, Director of William & Mary's Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) co-taught a new course this fall titled "Legislative Redistricting and Geographic Information Systems."