2019 News

W&M Law School

A roundup of facts and figures about the Law School today.

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China: Old Friends and New Friends

Our LL.M. Program deans and faculty share pictures of new and old friends from their travels in China.

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Professor Heller and Dean Shealy: New Chapters

With nearly 70 years of service combined, Faye Shealy, associate dean for admissions, and Jim Heller, director of The Wolf Law Library, announced their retirements upon completion of the 2018–19 academic year.

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William & Mary Law School Hosts 32nd Annual Supreme Court Preview

The Institute of Bill of Rights Law hosted its 32nd annual Supreme Court Preview, September 13-14, featuring federal court of appeals judges, Supreme Court advocates who have collectively argued hundreds of cases before the Supreme Court, and leading Supreme Court reporters and columnists from the nation’s top newspapers.

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Rethinking Constitutions When Democracy Is Under Siege: A Global Perspective

On September 13, scholars around the world gathered at the Law School to consider a range of current events in Europe, Asia, Latin America, West Africa and the United States and debate whether common trends are related and indicative of fractured global democracies – or separate and proof that democracy is alive and well, although restless.

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Caleb Stone Named Professor of the Practice

Caleb Stone J.D. ’15 was recently named a Professor of the Practice at W&M Law School's Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic.

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Amicus Brief in Second Amendment Case Based on Professor Zick's Scholarship

Lawyers from Holwell Shuster & Goldberg in New York filed an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in a Second Amendment case on behalf of two legal scholars, Professor Timothy Zick of William & Mary Law School and Professor Gregory P. Magarian of Washington University School of Law. The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York concerns the city’s restrictions on transporting licensed handguns.

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Summer Public Service Fellowships 2019

For Summer 2019, 109 William & Mary law students received public service fellowships totaling $288,345. Students will assist 100 organizations in 18 states, the District of Columbia, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, and Switzerland.

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Virginia Coastal Policy Center Hosts Resilience Funding Forum

W&M Law School's Virginia Coastal Policy Center recently held a day-long Resilience Funding Forum that brought experts from business, law, education, government and the public and private sectors together to discuss innovative options for coastal localities.

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Students' Research Supports African Union Transitional Justice Policy

Development of the new Policy was supported over the course of several years by research undertaken by William & Mary Law students working under the supervision of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Cape Town, South Africa.

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William & Mary Law School Association Honors Robin C. Dusek '98 and Jennifer L. Eaton '14 for Outstanding Commitment to Public Service at Diploma Ceremony

The William & Mary Law School Association confers two awards each year to graduates or friends of the Law School who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service. This year, the Association honored Robin C. Dusek ’98 of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP with the Citizen-Lawyer Award, and Jennifer L. Eaton ’14 of Vandeventer Black with the Taylor Reveley Award.

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Moot Court Team Is Eighth in New National Ranking

William & Mary Law School’s Moot Court team is ranked eighth in the nation, moving up two spots from a year ago, according to new data compiled by the University of Houston Law Center.

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Scholars Convene for Bill of Rights Journal Symposium on Constitutional Rights

The W&M Bill of Rights Journal recently hosted a symposium on “Constitutional Rights: Intersections, Synergies, and Conflicts,” during which constitutional law scholars discussed issues that arise from relationships between the various freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

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The Wolf Law Library’s History Wall Tells the Law School’s Story

A visual story of William & Mary Law School dating back to its founding in 1779 greets visitors of The Wolf Law Library even before they reach the thousands of books and digital materials available in the three-story building.

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A Lot On His Plate: Research and Teaching with Professor Jim Dwyer

Dwyer, the Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law at William & Mary, has been more than busy engaging in the usual research, thinking, and writing of a law professor. And he has newly authored books to show for it, one on child welfare policy and one on homeschooling.

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LL.M. and M.B.A. Students Enjoy Joint Speed Networking Event

On February 2, William & Mary’s LL.M. and MBA programs jointly held their first internetworking mixer for graduate students at the Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop in Merchant's Square in Williamsburg. It was an opportunity to meet, to mingle, and to forge lasting professional and personal connections.

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Matteo Capponi LL.M. '16, Co-Founder of CubePit: On Developing a Global Vision of IP Law

Matteo Capponi graduated from William & Mary Law School in May 2016, after completing studies for his LL.M. degree. He is co-founder of CubePit, a company that manages intellectual property rights connected to 3D printing. In this profile, he described how he first heard of William & Mary, his student experience here, and his entrepreneurial career.

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1779-2019: A Special Anniversary

During a series of special events in 2019, the Law School community will recall our school's place in history as America's first law school and the contributions of all the citizen lawyers educated here who have epitomized the spirit of leadership, integrity and selfless service.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: 3L Hallie Hovey-Murray Has Autism, Is Founder of One in 68 Foundation, and Is Competing for Miss Virginia

Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Colleen Curran spoke to 3L Hallie Hovey-Murray about having autism, her path to law school, and the upcoming Miss Virginia competition. Hovey-Murray is the founder of One in 68 Foundation, which promotes academic and career success for young people on the autism spectrum. The story was carried by the Associated Press (AP) and appeared in the Washington Post.

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In Memoriam: Professor William W. Van Alstyne

William W. Van Alstyne, one of the nation's foremost constitutional law scholars, and William & Mary’s Lee Professor of Law from 2004 to 2012, died on January 29 in Southern California.