Fourth Circuit Welcomes First-Year William & Mary Law Students

On March 10, 2023, a group of first-year William and Mary Law students visited the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Richmond-based federal appeals court hears cases from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Students spent the morning observing oral argument in the historic Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Courthouse. Afterward, the appellate panel greeted the class and graciously fielded questions from the students. Judge Steven Agee, Judge Jay Richardson, and Senior Judge Barbara Milano Keenan shared their best practices for oral advocacy and effective legal writing.

Adjunct professors Alyson Yates and Danny Yates ’15 led the trip. The trip complements the William & Mary Lawyering Skills curriculum, which culminates in an oral argument simulation by first-year law students.

The students and their professors sincerely thanked the three jurists and the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office for the hospitality.

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