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9/4/2012 - W&L Law Profs Involved in Landmark Mine Company Dissolution Case
Washington and Lee law professors John Craddock, Michele Burke and Lyman Johnson were part of a historic legal decision involving the dissolution of a mine holding company.
8/29/2012 - From the Magazine: Q&A with Law Dean Nora Demleitner
New Law Dean Nora Demleitner discusses her background, her teaching and research interests and her plans for Washington and Lee Law School.
8/14/2012 - W&L Law Symposium Explores Legacy of German Free Law Movement
Washington and Lee University School of Law will host a symposium next month exploring the legacy of Hermann Kantorowicz's 1906 essay "The Battle for Legal Science" and its impact on the emergence of legal realism movements in Germany and abroad.
8/8/2012 - W&L Law Prof. David Millon Begins Term as SEALS President
David Millon, J. B. Stombock Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, took the helm as President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) at its recent annual meeting.
7/26/2012 - W&L Law Prof. Benjamin Spencer Named Director of Lewis Law Center
A. Benjamin Spencer, Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will head the School's Frances Lewis Law Center, the independently funded faculty research and support arm of the School.
7/20/2012 - W&L Law Students Release Human Rights Report on Tanzanian Employment Practices
Research by Washington and Lee Law students into employment and labor rights in the city of Dar es Salaam's factories has resulted in a 60 page report including findings and recommendations for improving conditions for workers.
7/6/2012 - W&L Law Prof. Johanna Bond Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Johanna Bond, Professor of Law and Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
7/3/2012 - W&L School of Law Announces Administrative Appointments in Student Affairs, Admissions
Dean Nora V. Demleitner has announced two administrative appointments at Washington and Lee School of Law.
6/26/2012 - W&L Immigration Clinic Director Analyzes Supreme Court Arizona Ruling
Aaron Haas, director of the Immigration and Citizenship Clinic at Washington and Lee School of Law, discusses the decision in Arizona v U.S.
6/21/2012 - W&L Law Prof Russ Miller Named Bosch Fellow of the Year
Washington and Lee law professor Russ Miller has been named Bosch Fellow of the Year by the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association.
6/6/2012 - W&L Law Prof's Scholarship Included in Most-Cited Study
Washington and Lee law professor Benjamin Spencer authored two articles included in a recent study analyzing the most-cited law review articles of all time.
6/1/2012 - W&L Law Prof Erik Luna Named to Sydney and Frances Lewis Professorship
Erik Luna, professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been appointed the Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law.
5/30/2012 - W&L Center for Law and History Announces Fall Symposium
The Center for Law and History at Washington and Lee University School of Law will begin activity this fall with an enlarged focus, including a symposium on applying legal historical research to the contemporary problem of climate change.
5/23/2012 - W&L Law Prof Joan Shaughnessy Named to Roger Groot Professorship
Joan M. Shaughnessy, professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been appointed the Roger D. Groot Professor of Law.
5/22/2012 - W&L Law Career Planning Director to Serve on NALP Regional Resource Council
Lorri T. Olan, director of career planning and professional development at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected to serve as a mid-Atlantic representative on the Regional Resource Council for NALP.
5/10/2012 - W&L Law Professor Wins Fulbright Grant for Privacy Law Study
Washington and Lee law professor Josh Fairfield has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to study privacy law in the U.S. and European contexts.
5/5/2012 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 2012 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 157th commencement on Saturday, May 5, awarding 129 juris doctor degrees.
4/23/2012 - ABA House of Delegates Chair Linda Klein ‘83L to Deliver W&L Law Commencement Address
Linda A. Klein '83L, chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2012 graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
4/16/2012 - Lizanne Thomas ‘82L and Chong Kim ‘92L Receive Alumni Awards at 2012 Law Reunion
On April 14 during Law Reunion 2012, Washington and Lee School of Law announced the recipients of the Outstanding Alum Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
4/4/2012 - W&L Law Professor’s New Book Explores Complex Issue of Child Soldiers
A timely new book from Washington and Lee law professor Mark A. Drumbl examines the complex problem of child soldiering and presses the international community to rethink its approaches to the problem.
4/2/2012 - W&L Law Students Win Business Law Writing Competition
Washington and Lee law students Matthias Kaseorg '13L and Matthew Baker '12L took the top spots in the 2011-12 Business Law Practice Note competition sponsored by the Business Law Section of the Richmond Bar.
3/26/2012 - 2012 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture by SCOTUSblog Author
The Tenth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by Lyle Denniston, lead reporter for SCOTUSblog.
3/22/2012 - Delaware Chancery Court Judge to Lecture at W&L Law
On Monday, March 26, the Hon. Donald Parsons of the Delaware Chancery Court will offer a view from the inside of the nation's premier business court.
3/21/2012 - W&L Law Students Honored at 53rd Annual Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Law students Steven Harkins '12L and Anthony Flynn '12L were recognized as among the top oralists at the Mid-Atlantic regional of the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.
3/16/2012 - W&L Women Learn the Basics of Political Campaigning
Washington and Lee women undergraduate and law students recently took part in a training program, "Elect Her: Campus Women Win," designed to encourage increased participation in the political process on campus.
3/14/2012 - W&L Team Earns Best Brief Award at ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition
Washington and Lee law students David Miller, Gordon Jenkins and Amy Conant earned the Best Brief Award at the regional American Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Competition.
3/9/2012 - W&L Law Professor Says Kony 2012 Oversimplifies Problem of Child Soldiers
A Washington and Lee University law professor who has written extensively about child soldiers believes the Kony 2012 Campaign unduly simplifies the problem of child soldiering.
2/27/2012 - W&L Tax Clinic Receives IRS Grant for Fifth Straight Year
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program (LITC). This is the fifth straight year that the Tax Clinic has received federal dollars to support its efforts.
2/22/2012 - W&L Law Team Wins Best Draft Award at Transactional Lawyering Competition
Washington and Lee University law students Steve Harper and Lauren Meehan earned the Best Draft award for the term sheet they prepared for the regional Transactional LawMeet.
2/17/2012 - W&L Black Lung Clinic Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Health Care Case
The Black Lung Clinic at Washington and Lee School of Law has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to protect two sections of the ACA that affect black lung benefits for hundreds of coal miners nationwide.
2/10/2012 - W&L Law Symposium Looks at Environmental Federalism
The Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment will hold a symposium February 17 on strategies for pursuing legal action under state laws to address global climate change and related energy and environmental issues.
2/8/2012 - BLSA Mock Trial, Moot Court Teams Take Second at Regional’s, Headed to National Competition
Members of Washington and Lee's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recently participated in the moot court and mock trial competitions at the organization's regional convention, placing second in both competitions.
2/7/2012 - W&L Law Students to Assist Area Residents with Tax Preparation
Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will be offering free tax preparation assistance for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge County area.
1/31/2012 - Transnational Law Institute Lectures to Address International Arbitration, Rwanda Genocide
The Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute welcomes two speakers this month to address cutting edge issues in international law.
1/23/2012 - Tucker Lecturer Bryan Stevenson to Discuss Politics, Punishment and Reconciliation
On January 30, Bryan Stevenson, executive director and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor of law at New York University, will deliver this year's Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
1/20/2012 - 2012 W&L Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises over $17,500 for Local Charities
On Thursday, Jan. 19, students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law raised a record $17,552 during the 2012 Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) charity auction.
1/19/2012 - Law Students Honored During Founders Day/ODK Convocation
Washington and Lee University's Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa recognized eight law student initiates at the Founders Day/Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Lee Chapel.
1/11/2012 - Jost Health Affairs Blog Posts Top 2011 Most Read List
Blog posts on developments with the Affordable Care Act authored by Washington and Lee law professor and health law expert Tim Jost captured three spots on Health Affairs 2011 Most Read List.
1/9/2012 - W&L Law Professor’s New Book Celebrates 10 Years of the German Law Journal
Washington and Lee law professor Russell Miller and his German Law Journal co-founder Peer Zumbansen have published a new collection featuring the Journal's contributions to scholarship in the fields of German, European and international law.
12/21/2011 - Nora V. Demleitner Named Dean of Washington and Lee School of Law
Nora V. Demleitner will be the new dean of Washington and Lee University's School of Law. She becomes the first woman to hold that position and is the 17th dean in the 145-year history of W&L's law school. She will also hold the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professorship in Law.
12/20/2011 - Decrease in U.S. Executions Points to Eventual Abolishment, Says W&L Law Professor
The steady downward trend in the use of the death penalty in the United States represents a "fairly irreversible decline" and suggests a time when the death penalty will be abolished, says David Bruck, a Washington and Lee University law professor.
12/8/2011 - W&L Law Student Wins Asylum Case for Political Refugee
3L Elisabeth Juterbock, working in the Immigration and Citizenship program, helps a Congolese man get political asylum in the U.S.
12/5/2011 - W&L Law 2011 Moot Court Results Roundup
The Washington and Lee School of Law Moot Court Board wrapped up another busy fall semester on Friday with the Mock Trial finals.
11/28/2011 - German Law Scholarly Series Concludes this Week
As part of an annual comparative law research program, Washington and Lee law students are exploring the German legal regime linked to questions of immigration and integration.
11/18/2011 - New W&L Law Faculty Member Develops Legal History through Maps
New Washington and Lee law professor Jill Fraley studies legal history, Appalachia, and the evolution of property law.
11/8/2011 - W&L Law Professor Cited in U.S. Sentencing Commission Report
The work of Washington and Lee criminal law scholar Erik Luna is cited extensively in a new report issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on mandatory minimum penalties.
10/25/2011 - W&L Law Symposium to Look at Financial Services on the Fringe
On Nov. 10-11, Washington and Lee will host a symposium examining financial services like payday loans, auto title loans, for-profit college loans, and refund anticipation loans.
10/20/2011 - Prestigious Panel of Federal Judges to Decide Davis Competition
A distinguished panel of senior judges from three different federal circuit courts will decide the 2011 John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition on Friday, October 21, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.
10/20/2011 - Documentary “Mississippi Innocence” to be Shown at Law School
A film screening of the documentary "Mississippi Innocence" will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Lewis Hall.
10/19/2011 - Cruzan Lawyer to Discuss "Right to Die"
Bill Colby, the lawyer who represented the family of Nancy Cruzan in their family's right-to-die case, will speak at the Washington and Lee University School of Law on Friday, Oct. 28.
10/17/2011 - W&L's Jost Elected to Institute of Medicine
Timothy S. Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law and one of the nation's leading voices in health care law, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
10/14/2011 - Army Judge Advocate to Discuss Military Commissions and Detention
On Monday, Oct. 17, Lt. Col. Chris Jenks, Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army, will deliver a lecture titled "Military Commissions and Indefinite Detention under the Laws of War."
10/12/2011 - W&L Law Professor to Testify on German Legal Education
On Oct 13-14, Washington and Lee Law Professor Russell Miller will testify in Munich, Germany at hearings focused on the reform of German legal education and research.
10/7/2011 - W&L Expands Poverty Study in School of Law
Thanks to a new effort by faculty and students, Washington and Lee law students interested in studying poverty issues as part of their legal education now have any even greater array of opportunities to explore.
9/28/2011 - Student Scholarship Honored at W&L Law Review Notes Presentation
On Sept. 29, third-year Washington and Lee law students Christine Shepard and Christopher Alexion will present their winning law review notes during the annual event recognizing the best student articles produced by Washington and Lee Law Review staff writers.
9/20/2011 - Law of Slavery and Washington College Topic of Hendricks Law and History Lecture
On Thursday, Sept. 29, distinguished legal historian Alfred Brophy will deliver the 2011 Hendricks Lecture in Law and History. The topic of Prof. Brophy's talk is "The Jurisprudence of Slavery, Freedom, and Union at Washington College, 1831-1861."
9/12/2011 - First Amendment, Criminal Law Cases Featured at W&L Law Supreme Court Preview
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, faculty at Washington and Lee University School of Law will discuss several of the most compelling cases on the 2011 U.S. Supreme Court docket during the School's annual Supreme Court Preview.
9/8/2011 - New W&L Course Explores Terror Laws in a Post 9/11 World
Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna explores the development of a distinctive legal regime and heightened enforcement efforts in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks.
9/6/2011 - W&L Law Professor Ben Spencer Logs another Fourth Circuit Victory
On September 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed Washington and Lee law professor A. Benjamin Spencer his latest victory in his capacity as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
9/3/2011 - W&L Events to Observe 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Washington and Lee University will observe the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with two different events - a prayer vigil and a panel presentation and discussion.
9/2/2011 - W&L Law Welcomes Class of 2014
Washington and Lee University has enrolled 121 new students in the School of Law. The Class of 2014 is 55 percent female, the first time in the School's history that women have outnumbered men in the incoming class.
8/26/2011 - W&L Law Students Revive Tradition of SBA Service Day
Local community organizations throughout Lexington and Rockbridge County received a helpful boost when students from Washington and Lee University's School of Law took part in the Student Bar Association's Service Day during orientation this year.
8/25/2011 - W&L Law Joins New National Initiative “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers”
Washington and Lee School of Law has joined a consortium of schools recognized as innovators in legal education.
8/16/2011 - W&L Citizenship and Immigration Program Looks to Build on First Year Success
Last year, W&L Law students handled 25 immigration cases, including requests for asylum, special juvenile cases, and deportation proceedings.
8/8/2011 - Washington and Lee to Install Virginia's Largest Solar Energy System
Sydney Lewis Hall, home to the Washington and Lee School of Law, will hold a 330 kilowatt solar panel system as part of the University's solar energy project, the largest installation in Virginia.
8/4/2011 - W&L Law Prof. David Millon President-Elect of Prestigious Law School Association
David Millon, the J. B. Stombock Professor of Law and Law Alumni Faculty Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named president-elect of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.
7/21/2011 - United Nations Publishes Proceedings of W&L Law Symposium
The symposium proceedings related to the March 29, 2010 conference on international investment and alternative dispute resolution held at W&L Law are now available in a volume published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
7/15/2011 - From the Magazine: Ed Walker ‘96L has a Vision for Downtown Roanoke
Roanoke, Va., native Ed Walker '96L has reshaped some of the city's most significant buildings, breathing life into once-defunct neighborhoods.
6/28/2011 - W&L Law Professor Named Founding Member of AALS Transactional Law Section
Prof. Lyman Johnson will serve as a founding Executive Committee member of the new AALS section on Transactional Law and Skills.
6/16/2011 - W&L Law Professor’s New Book Takes Students inside the Litigation Department
The Litigation Department Lawyer, due out this month from West Publishing, helps law professors teach a course that simulates for students the workings of a law firm litigation team.
6/5/2011 - Sidney S. Evans Named Vice President for Student Affairs at W&L
Sidney Springfield Evans, currently the associate dean for law student services at Washington and Lee University, has been appointed vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the university.
6/1/2011 - W&L Law Students Receive Summer Funding for Public Interest Work
Two Washington and Lee Law students have received external awards aimed at helping support students working at law-related public service jobs during the summer.
6/1/2011 - Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. ’43, ’47L Dies at 89
Senior Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr., who retired from the Virginia Supreme Court in 1997, died Monday at the Brian Center in Low Moor. He was 89.
5/23/2011 - W&L Tax Clinic Receives IRS Grant
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program (LITC). This is the fourth straight year that the Tax Clinic has received federal dollars to support its efforts.
5/7/2011 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 2011 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 156th commencement on Saturday, May 7, awarding 126 juris doctor degrees along with one master of laws degree.
4/27/2011 - NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg to Deliver W&L Law Commencement Address
Nina Totenberg, award-winning legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2011 graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
4/25/2011 - W&L Law Professor Named Fellow at Prestigious German Studies Institute
Prof. Russell Miller has been named a Non-Resident Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, a think-tank devoted to strengthening German-American ties and collaboration across an array of disciplines.
4/18/2011 - Tom Millhiser '81L and Nan Robertson Clark '76L Receive Alumni Awards at 2011 Law Reunion
On April 16 during Law Reunion 2011, Washington and Lee School of Law announced the recipients of the Outstanding Alum Award and the inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award.
4/13/2011 - W&L Law Prof. Erik Luna Elected to American Law Institute
Erik Luna, Professor of Law and Law Alumni Faculty Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected to the American Law Institute, the most prestigious law reform body in the U.S.
4/7/2011 - 2011 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture on the Good Lawyer
The Ninth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by Robert A. Long, a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. Mr. Long's talk is titled "The Good Lawyer in the 21st Century."
4/4/2011 - Islamic Law and Human Rights Topic of W&L Transnational Law Institute Lecture
On Friday, April 8, Emory law prof Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im will lecture on "Human Rights, Universality, and Sovereignty: The Relevance and Irrelevance of Islamic Law."
4/1/2011 - Third Year Student Named Dean of W&L Law
Washington and Lee University announced today that third year law student Sabina Thaler has been named Dean of the University's law school. Thaler, who currently serves as editor in chief of the School's Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will begin her one-day appointment on April 1.
3/29/2011 - William Sage to Deliver Johnson & Johnson Law and Medicine Lecture
On Monday, April 4, William M. Sage, Vice Provost for Health Affairs and James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin, will dicuss "Brand New Law: The Marketing of Health Care Reform."
3/24/2011 - Tomiko Brown-Nagin to Lecture at W&L on Civil Rights Movement
On Wednesday, March 30, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Virginia School of Law, will present "Remembering Movement Lawyers and Rethinking Constitutional History from the Bottom Up."
3/17/2011 - 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments at Washington and Lee University School of Law
On Friday, March 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit will hear a day of oral arguments at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Among the cases on the docket is a federal black lung benefits case from the School's Black Lung Legal Clinic.
3/16/2011 - W&L Law to Host Symposium on Race and the Criminal Justice System
Well-known capital defender David Baugh will deliver the keynote during the March 18 event that will look at race, traffic stops and the drug war.
3/11/2011 - Entitlements and Windfalls Topic of Legal Ethics Talk
Cornell Law professor W. Bradley Wendel will deliver the keynote address at Washington and Lee's Legal Ethics Institute on March 18.
3/7/2011 - W&L Law School Dean Search Committee Announced
Washington and Lee University Provost June Aprille has announced the membership of the committee that will help select the next dean of the School of Law.
3/1/2011 - 2011 W&L Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises over $12,000 for Local Charities
On Wednesday, February 23, students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law raised $12,186 during the 2011 Phi Alpha Delta charity auction.
2/24/2011 - Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack Jacobs to Speak at W&L Law
On Monday, February 28, Jack B. Jacobs, Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will deliver a public lecture on "Patient Capital: Can Delaware Corporate Law Help Revive It?"
2/22/2011 - Dan Goldman ‘11L Wins Oliver White Hill Pro Bono Award
Washington and Lee University law student Dan Goldman, a member of the Law Class of 2011, has been named a recipient of the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award by the Virginia State Bar.
2/21/2011 - W&L Law Review Symposium to Explore Restitution and Unjust Enrichment
On Friday, February 25, Washington and Lee School of Law and the American Law Institute will host a conference in Lexington exploring the recently released restatement of the law of restitution.
2/21/2011 - German Law Journal and DAAD Present German and European Law Conversations
Washington and Lee University School of Law will host this semester an academic series focused on contemporary issues in German and European Law.
2/17/2011 - W&L Transnational Law Institute Speakers to Address Rwanda Genocide, International Treaties
The Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host two speakers on campus the week of February 21.
2/14/2011 - W&L Law Symposium Tackles Regulating Natural Resource Extraction
On Feb. 18, the JECE spring symposium will focus on the policy and science behind oil, coal and natural gas extraction in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
2/10/2011 - W&L Law Accepting Applications for German LL.M. Fellowship Program
Washington and Lee University School of Law, along with the German academic exchange service, is offering a fellowship for one qualified German LL.M. student.
2/2/2011 - Tucker Lecturer Frederick Schauer to Discuss Appellate Judges
On Tuesday, February 8, Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, will deliver this year's Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
2/1/2011 - W&L Law Students to Assist Area Residents with Tax Preparation
Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will be offering free tax preparation assistance for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge County area. These services are free to members of the local community earning up to $49,000 annually.
1/26/2011 - WLSO Asks for Business Suit and Dress Donations
The Women Law Students Organization has called on female students, faculty and administrative staff across campus to clear out their closets and donate clothing and accessories to the Cinderella Project and Dress for Success.
1/19/2011 - Law Students Honored During Founders Day/ODK Convocation
Washington and Lee University's Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa recognized seven law student initiates at the Founders Day/Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Lee Chapel.
1/18/2011 - Comparative Law Scholar to Discuss Judging Post 9/11
Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and the Director of the Program of Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will deliver a public lecture on Friday, January 21 at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
1/17/2011 - Andrew J. Young To Speak during MLK Legacy Week at W&L
Andrew J. Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
1/16/2011 - W&L Law Mourns Carole M. Shorter
Carole M. Shorter, who retired from the School of Law in 2009 after 26 years of service, died this past Friday, Jan. 14.
1/10/2011 - W&L Law Professor Judy Clarke to Represent Arizona Gunman
Judy Clarke, who has frequently served as a Professor of Practice at the School of Law, has been appointed to represent Arizona shooting suspect, Jared Lee Loughner.
12/22/2010 - W&L Law Professor’s New Book Explores Church-State Conflict in Medieval Courts
David Millon, the J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, recently completed a British legal history project nearly thirty years in the making.
12/20/2010 - W&L Law Professor Argues 4th Circuit Appeal for U.S.
Earlier this month, Washington and Lee law professor A. Benjamin Spencer argued the case of United States v. Burns before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
12/13/2010 - D.C. Roundtable Discussion Caps German Law Journal Fall Series
This fall the German Law Journal sponsored a series of interdisciplinary programs exploring the connection between the economic and social devastation Germany faced after WWII and its constitutional commitment to the Sozialstaat.
12/2/2010 - W&L Law Professor Tim Jost Testifies on Mini-Med Policies at Congressional Hearing
Held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the hearing focused on the limited benefit plans often made available to workers in retail and fast-food service.
12/1/2010 - W&L Law Professor Lyman Johnson Advises on New Online Exhibit Exploring Financial Regulation
The new virtual exhibit tracing more than 200 years of the U.S. financial industry's efforts to regulate itself went online Dec. 1 at www.sechistorical.org.
11/30/2010 - Winners of Mock Trial and Client Counseling Competitions Announced
Christy Montrois '11L was the winner of the 2010 Mock Trial and 2Ls Christen Ansuini and Sue Fultz won Client Counseling.
11/29/2010 - Wine Law Society Presents Stephen Busch on Virginia Wine Industry
The Wine Law Society at Washington and Lee University School of Law will sponsor a talk on the Virginia Wine Industry by McGuireWoods partner and Virginia Bar Association President Stephen Busch.
11/18/2010 - Law School Hosts ABA Roundtable on Criminal Justice System
On Friday, Nov. 19, Washington and Lee University School of Law plays host to an American Bar Association (ABA) Roundtable on the current efforts to revise the Standards for the Defense and Prosecution Functions.
11/17/2010 - New Book Examines the Intersection of Law and Hinduism through History
A new book by Washington and Lee University religion professor and law lecturer Tim Lubin aims to expose the long history and controversial present of India's legal system, often overlooked in studies of comparative law or ancient law, to a broader audience.
11/12/2010 - Law Professor Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Medical Disclosure Case
An amicus brief co-authored by Washington and Lee University School of Law Professor Lyman Johnson was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on November 12 in the case Matrixx v. Siracusano.
11/1/2010 - Winners of 2010 Davis Moot Court Competition Announced
Suzanne Peters '12L was named Best Oralist and Best Brief Award went to Meghan Monaghan '11L and Maryl Sattler '11L during the 2010 John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition.
10/27/2010 - Movie Screening and Panel Discussion to Explore VMI Gender Integration
On Monday, Nov. 1, Washington and Lee University School of Law will host a movie screening and discussion on the legal challenge that ended the Virginia Military Institute's status as an all-male institution.
10/25/2010 - W&L Launches $500 Million Campaign
Washington and Lee University has officially launched the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in its history, setting a goal of $500 million to be reached by June 30, 2015.
10/21/2010 - Student Scholarship Honored at Law Review Notes Presentation
On October 21, third-year law students Micah Jost and Aaron Sims presented their winning law review notes during the annual event recognizing the best student articles produced by Washington and Lee Law Review staff writers.
10/19/2010 - W&L Mourns Anne McThenia
Anne Whitley McThenia, a former member of the University counseling staff, died Oct. 18, after a long illness.
10/14/2010 - Legal History of Civil War Topic of Hendricks Law and History Lecture
The 2010 Hendricks Lecture in Law and History will be delivered by G. Edward White, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. The topic of Prof. White's talk is "Recovering the Legal History of the Civil War."
10/13/2010 - First Amendment Cases Highlight Annual Supreme Court Preview
Faculty at Washington and Lee University School of Law will discuss several of the most compelling cases on the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court docket during the School's annual Supreme Court Preview.
10/7/2010 - Paul Quinn College President to Speak on Leadership in the 21st Century
Michael Sorrell previously worked in sports management conflict resolution and strategic public affairs and now sits as the president of Paul Quinn College.
10/5/2010 - Winners of 2010 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition Announced
Nick Brooks and Todd Levy earned top honors at the 2010 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
10/1/2010 - W&L Law Professor Testifies for Senate Committee examining Violence against Homeless
On Wednesday, September 29, Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee examining whether violence against America's homeless population is on the rise.
9/30/2010 - Scholarly Series to Examine Emergence of German Social State
This fall the German Law Journal will sponsor a series of programs at Washington and Lee University School of Law exploring the connection between the economic and social devastation Germany faced after WWII and its constitutional commitment to social justice.
9/23/2010 - W&L Law School Joins Worldwide International Investment Law Network
Earlier this month, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and 15 Law Schools from six continents jointly launched a global academic network to discuss and exchange the most recent scholarly thinking on international investment law and economic development.
9/20/2010 - W&L Law School Names New Library Director
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Mark Grunewald today announced the appointment of Caroline L. Osborne as Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research. Osborne has served as interim director of the library for the last year.
9/9/2010 - Author of 1940s Rape Trial Account to Speak at W&L
Alex Heard, editor of Outside magazine, will lecture on his book, The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South.
8/31/2010 - School of Law Welcomes Class of 2013
After the most competitive admissions cycle in its history, Washington and Lee University has enrolled 145 new students in the School of Law.
8/30/2010 - W&L Law Students Contribute to First Scholarly Analysis of World Court Kosovo Decision
With the help of its student editors, the German Law Journal has just published a special issue devoted to the International Court of Justice's Advisory Opinion on the legality of the Kosovo declaration of independence.
8/13/2010 - Law School Program to Provide Legal Aid on Immigration and Citizenship
There is a fast-growing need for legal services for people facing immigration problems. Now, Washington and Lee law students will get a chance to help fill this void through a new program launching this fall at the School of Law.
8/6/2010 - UN World Investment Report Cites Law School Symposium
The World Investment Report 2010, the flagship annual publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Division of Investment and Enterprise, discusses an international law conference held at Washington and Lee this past spring.
7/20/2010 - Law Professor Consults on Russian Corporate Law Reform
Christopher Bruner, Associate Professor of Law and Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law, recently traveled to Russia with a team of corporate law experts to hold discussions on corporate and securities law with representatives of the government of the Russian Federation.
7/15/2010 - Jost Publishes New Health Reform Analyses
Washington and Lee Law Professor Timothy S. Jost, one of the nation's leading health law experts, has published several new analyses of the health reform legislation and its likely impacts as implementation gets underway.
7/9/2010 - Twitter Links Lohan with W&L Law Professor Luna
Washington and Lee University law professor Erik Luna was enjoying his family vacation this week when he began getting curious emails connecting a 2002 article of his with the law-breaking actress Lindsay Lohan.
7/2/2010 - Career Planning Director Named Regional Coordinator for NALP
Lorri Olan, Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected regional coordinator for NALP, the association for legal career professionals.
6/21/2010 - Law Professor to Chair State Bar Section on Education
Washington and Lee law professor A. Benjamin Spencer has been elected Chair of the Virginia State Bar's Section on the Education of Lawyers. Spencer was chosen for the position on June 18 during the VSB's annual meeting.
6/14/2010 - American Inns of Court Names Hon. Donald W. Lemons as President
The American Inns of Court Foundation elected Justice Donald W. Lemons of Virginia to be its new President at its Board of Trustees meeting on May 21st.
6/1/2010 - Law Professor Testifies before U.S. Sentencing Commission
On May 27, Washington and Lee Law professor Erik Luna testified before the United States Sentencing Commission on the issue of mandatory minimum sentencing.
5/25/2010 - Washington and Lee Law Review Elects First Black Editor in Chief
Brandon Hasbrouck, a member of the Washington and Lee School of Law class of 2011, has been named editor in chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review for 2010-11. Hasbrouck is the first black editor in chief in the history of the Law Review.
5/24/2010 - Law Student Wins Environmental Law Writing Competition
Nathan Howe, a second-year student at Washington and Lee University School of Law, was named the winner of the fifth annual ELI-ABA-NAELS "Endangered Environmental Laws" Student Writing Competition.
5/13/2010 - W&L Law Student Blogs Her Way to China
Massie Payne, a third-year law student at Washington and Lee University, has earned a trip to China on the basis of her real-time blogging of a symposium about international investment disputes.
5/11/2010 - W&L Professor Receives 300K Grant to Study Health Exchanges
Washington and Lee Law Professor Timothy S. Jost, one of the nation's leading health law experts, has received a nearly $300,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund to research implementation issues involved with the recently passed health care reform legislation.
5/8/2010 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 2010 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 155th commencement on Saturday, May 8. During the ceremony, the University awarded 123 juris doctor degrees along with two master of laws degrees.
5/7/2010 - W&L Project Focuses on Legal Services for the Poor
Do the poor have adequate representation in Virginia's legal system? It's a question third-year law students and undergraduates involved in Washington and Lee's Shepherd Poverty Program are trying to answer.
4/22/2010 - W&L Team Top Four Finisher at National Representation in Mediation Competition
The Washington and Lee team of Sabina Thaler '11L and Stacey Valentine '11L earned a top four finish at the national Representation in Mediation Competition, held April 7-8 in San Francisco.
4/12/2010 - ABA President to Deliver Law School Commencement Address
Carolyn Lamm, president of the American Bar Association, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2010 graduation exercises at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
4/5/2010 - Robin F. Wilson to Deliver Hofstra Distinguished Professorship Lecture
On April 7, Washington and Lee University law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson will deliver the 2010 Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship Lecture at Hofstra University Law School.
4/1/2010 - Law School to Host Transnational Workshop on Prosecutorial Power
Thirty leading scholars from the U.S. and Europe will discuss the role and power of prosecutors from a comparative and international perspective.
3/25/2010 - School of Law Announces German LL.M. Fellowship Program
Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, USA, announces the a fellowship for one qualified German LL.M. student.
3/23/2010 - 2010 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture on State and Federal Jury System
The Eighth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by the Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
3/23/2010 - W&L Law’s Jost Invited to Health Care Bill Signing Ceremony
Washington and Lee law professor Timothy S. Jost, one of the nation's leading health policy analysts and health reform advocates, was invited to attend Tuesday's signing ceremony for the historic health reform legislation.
3/18/2010 - International Investment Disputes Focus of Washington and Lee and United Nations Joint Conference
On March 29, academics, governments, practitioners, investors, and representatives from organizations around the world will meet at Washington and Lee University School of Law for a symposium to explore the prevention and efficient management of investment treaty disputes.
3/17/2010 - ASIL President-Elect David Caron to Deliver Transnational Law Institute Spring Lecture
David Caron, President-Elect of the American Society of International Law, will deliver the Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute Distinguished Lecture for spring 2010.
3/15/2010 - Law Alumnus, Army Reservist to Discuss Rule of Law in Afghanistan
On Wednesday, March 17, Washington and Lee School of Law alumnus Kevin Rardin '84L will speak about the rule of law in Afghanistan and his experiences as an attorney working for Lawyers without Borders.
3/10/2010 - Law School Lecture Series Unravels the Financial Crisis
In a series of lectures between Mar. 16 and 22, Washington and Lee law faculty will discuss the causes and consequences of the financial crisis that has wrought havoc on financial systems and economies around the world.
3/5/2010 - Environmental Law Symposium to Explore Technology Impact on Climate Policy
On Friday, March 19, Washington and Lee University School of Law will host a symposium examining the complexities of attempts to use technological innovation and transfer to address climate change.
3/4/2010 - 9/11 Terror Trial Judge to Speak on High Profile Trials
On Tuesday, March 16, the Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, will deliver the 2010 Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
3/2/2010 - W&L Students to Compete at First-ever Transactional Lawyering Competition
Two Washington and Lee students will participate at a first of its kind competition hosted by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University on March 4-5, 2010.
2/23/2010 - Mark Grunewald Appointed Interim Dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law
Mark Grunewald, the James P. Morefield Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, has been named interim dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2010.
2/22/2010 - Washington and Lee to Host Regional Mediation Competition
Teams from Washington and Lee, William and Mary, Liberty, Regent, Richmond, and Stetson will compete at the regional Representation in Mediation Competition on Feb. 27-28 at the School of Law.
2/19/2010 - 2010 Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises over $11,000 for Local Charities
On Thursday, February 18th, students at the Washington and Lee School of raised over $11,500 during the 2010 Phi Alpha Delta charity auction.
2/15/2010 - Genocide Scholar to Speak at School of Law
Professor Jens Meierhenrich of Harvard University will give a talk titled "Lawfare: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Rwanda, 1994-2009."
2/8/2010 - Law Students to Assist Area Residents with Tax Preparation
Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will be offering free tax preparation assistance Feb. 15 - April 12 for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge County area.
2/4/2010 - Washington and Lee Wine Law Society Presents Richard Mendelson
Attorney and law professor Richard P. Mendelson, an internationally-recognized expert on vineyard and wine law and related land use, will discuss selling wine in the age of the internet.
1/28/2010 - W&L Tax Clinic Receives IRS Grant for Third Straight Year
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program (LITC). This is the third straight year that the Tax Clinic has received federal dollars to support its efforts.
1/28/2010 - Law Students Log Hundreds of Service Hours during Fall Semester
Law students participating in Washington and Lee's new third-year curriculum have amassed over 1500 hours of community service since the beginning of the academic year.
1/21/2010 - Law Students Honored During Founders Day/ODK Convocation
Washington and Lee University's Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa recognized eight law student initiates at the Founders Day/Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
1/15/2010 - Law Professor’s New Book Explores Climate Change Litigation
The Courts have emerged as a crucial battleground in efforts to regulate climate change. A new book edited by Washington and Lee School of Law professor Hari Osofsky explores some of these cases in order to explain their regulatory significance and examine this emerging area of litigation.
1/11/2010 - Julian Bond Headlines Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at W&L
Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People since 1998, will present the keynote address for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Washington and Lee University on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
12/17/2009 - Law Faculty Scholarship Cited in FTC Virtual World Report
A recent report to the U.S. Congress from the Federal Trade Commission examining virtual worlds prominently cites the work of two Washington and Lee law professors.
12/16/2009 - Prof. Brian Murchison Lectures about Blogging and Free Speech during Australia Visit
Brian Murchison, Charles S. Rowe Professor of Law at Washington and Lee, recently spent several weeks in Australia as a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School and its Center for Media and Communications Law.
12/14/2009 - Law Dean Rodney Smolla Named President of Furman University
Rodney A. Smolla, dean and Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named president of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Smolla will assume his new position on July 1, 2010.
12/3/2009 - GAO Report Highlights W&L Black Lung Clinic
The U.S. General Accounting Office has released a report examining the Federal Black Lung Benefits program, and the Black Lung Clinic at Washington and Lee University School of Law is mentioned several times in the report as a prominent provider of legal services for those seeking federal benefits.
11/23/2009 - Law Professor Christopher Bruner Wins AALS Scholarly Papers Competition
Christopher Bruner, Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the winner of the Association of American Law Schools 2010 Scholarly Papers Competition.
11/18/2009 - Community Law Center Hosts Voting Rights Seminar
Nationally prominent voting rights advocates gathered in Lexington at the Washington and Lee School of Law to discuss reform of Virginia's felony disenfranchisement law, which takes away convicted felons' right to vote.
11/9/2009 - Law Students Travel to Tanzania to Research Sex Crime Enforcement
Watching human suffering from half a world away can be frustrating. But six Washington and Lee law students in a new international law class are getting the rare chance to do something about it.
11/7/2009 - Law Professor Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief
Washington and Lee University School of Law Prof. Lyman Johnson filed in October an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Merck and Co. v. Reynolds.
11/6/2009 - Robin F. Wilson Named to Chaired Professorship
Robin Fretwell Wilson, a professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named Class of 1958 Law Alumni Professor of Law.
10/28/2009 - Law Professor’s New Book Chronicles Execution of Juvenile Offender
When Chris Thomas was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia in January 2000 for a brutal double murder he committed at the age of 17, he became one of the last juvenile offenders put to death before the U.S Supreme Court ruled that the execution of juveniles constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
10/27/2009 - New Law School Organization Explores Economy and Politics of Arab World
The Middle East and North Africa Law Society brings together students, alumni, faculty, and professionals dedicated to surveying and analyzing the economic, legal, political, and cultural issues of the Middle East and North Africa.
10/22/2009 - Law Symposium to Explore Violence on College Campuses
In the United States, the last decade has been largely defined by violent events. With the exception of the 9/11 attacks, most of these tragedies have involved violence on school grounds. From Columbine to Virginia Tech, people hear these names and remember where they were when they heard the news.
10/19/2009 - W&L and United Nations Partner on International Investment Project
Washington and Lee School of Law has announced a new partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to explore the prevention and efficient management of investment treaty disputes.
10/14/2009 - Law School Launches New Criminal Defense Clinic
The School of Law at Washington and Lee University has launched a new legal clinic focusing on misdemeanor criminal defense. Law students working in the Criminal Justice Clinic will represent in district and circuit court indigent clients facing criminal charges including assault, driving while intoxicated, shoplifting, and marijuana possession.
10/13/2009 - Poverty Law Scholar David Super to Lecture at School of Law
David Super, professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and a leading scholar in the field of anti-poverty law, will speak at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Monday, Oct. 19.
10/9/2009 - Annual Supreme Court Preview Highlights Variety on Supreme Court Docket
The 2009-10 U.S. Supreme Court docket is full of interesting cases, including another exploration of the Second Amendment and its application to state gun laws, the free speech protections related to images depicting animal cruelty, and corporate malfeasance.
9/30/2009 - Prison Overcrowding Target of New W&L Partnership in Liberia
A new partnership between Washington and Lee and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, and the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute in Liberia will focus much needed resources on Liberia's overcrowded prison system.
9/23/2009 - Visiting LL.M. Students Hope to Bring Better Life to Afghanistan
M. Asif Ehsan and Sebghatullah Ebrahimi can see the path to peace and prosperity in their native Afghanistan, and it is a long one that may even wind through Lexington.
9/15/2009 - Louis Fisher to Deliver Constitution Day Address at W&L
Louis Fisher, Specialist in Constitutional Law with the Law Library of the Library of Congress will deliver the University's Constitution Day address at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Stackhouse Theater.
9/10/2009 - ASIL President Lucy Reed to Deliver Transnational Law Institute Fall Lecture
Lucy Reed, president of the American Society of International Law and a senior partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will deliver the Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute Distinguished Lecture for fall 2009.
9/7/2009 - Law Professor’s New Book Explores Human Side of Bioethics and Health Law
September 17 marks the ten year anniversary of the death of Jesse Gelsinger, the first person to die in a human gene therapy trial. Gelsinger's story is just one of the cases revisited in the new collection from professor Robin Fretwell Wilson.
8/31/2009 - Washington and Lee Partners with Carter Center to Expand Liberia Justice Project
The Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee University School of Law has announced a new partnership with the Carter Center that places current or recently graduated U.S. law students with a variety of institutions in Liberia working pro-bono on access to justice issues.
8/21/2009 - Critically Acclaimed Novelist and Former Botswana High Court Judge visits School of Law
Unity Dow, the first woman appointed as Justice in the High Court of Botswana, will deliver a public lecture at Washington and Lee School of Law on Thursday, Aug. 27.
8/20/2009 - Law Students Return to Revamped Third Year
When third year students return to Washington and Lee Law School this week, they will be met with a brand new curriculum, one designed to prepare them for the transition from law students to legal practitioners.
8/14/2009 - New Law Professor Trains the World’s Lawyers
James E. Moliterno, the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington and Lee School of Law, travels the globe helping foreign legal systems develop ethics codes and training programs that guide lawyers, judges and law students through the conundrums they face in their professional careers.
7/28/2009 - Law Dean Reflects on Role as Gubernatorial Debate Moderator
Washington and Lee Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla explains how he prepared to moderate the first debate in the closely watched Virginia governor's race and shares his impressions of the event.
7/16/2009 - New Article Examines How Public Health Plans Affect Federal and State Regulations
On Wednesday, the Senate health committee approved a plan to revamp U.S. health care. A new article by Washington and Lee law professor and leading health law expert Tim Jost examines the challenges to federal and state regulations as reform is implemented.
7/15/2009 - Law Dean to Moderate First Debate in Virginia Governor’s Race
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla will moderate the first debate between Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell for the closely watched Virginia governor's race.
7/6/2009 - Law Professor’s Work Cited by UK High Court
Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl's research on the Rwandan genocide trials influenced a recent United Kingdom High Court of Justice decision involving the extradition to Rwanda of four high-profile genocide suspects.
7/2/2009 - German Law Journal, Leading Online Journal, Celebrates Ten Years of Transnational Legal Analysis
The German Law Journal, the first English-language legal periodical to comment on developments in German, European and international jurisprudence, will celebrate its tenth anniversary on July 2 in Berlin with a two-day symposium featuring world renowned scholars and experts in law and public policy.
6/23/2009 - Law Professor Benjamin Spencer Appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney
A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been appointed to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.
6/22/2009 - Carole Shorter, Long-time Dean’s Assistant, to Retire from W&L
After many years of distinguished service, Carole Shorter will retire from on July 31, 2009. Shorter has long served as the assistant to the Law School Dean.
6/16/2009 - Washington and Lee Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans
Washington and Lee University is among the colleges and universities participating in the new Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the 2008 Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act.
6/15/2009 - Law Professor Participates in SEC’s 75th Anniversary Program
On June 4, Washington and Lee Law School professor Lyman Johnson participated in a program to celebrate the Securities and Exchange Commission's 75th anniversary. An audience of several hundred attended the program.
6/10/2009 - Sally Wiant to Retire as Law Library Director
Prof. Sarah K. Wiant will retire as director of the Washington and Lee Law School Library at the end of June to assume full-time duties as a teacher and scholar on the Washington and Lee Faculty of Law.
6/5/2009 - Law Professor Testifies on Indigent Defense before Congressional Committee
Erik Luna, professor of law at Washington and Lee School of Law, testified again before a U.S. congressional subcommittee on a state's ability to provide legal services to indigent defendants.
6/1/2009 - W&L Black Lung Clinic Wins Two 4th Circuit Cases
Washington and Lee University School of Law students have again prevailed in two Black Lung benefits disputes argued this year before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
5/9/2009 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 2009 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 154th commencement on Saturday, May 9 as 138 J.D. degrees and five LL.M. degrees were awarded.
5/6/2009 - Law Student Wins Top Scholarship Award Honoring Virginia Civil Rights Champions
Kathy Pritts '11L, a first year law student at Washington and Lee School of Law, has received the top scholarship from the Greater Richmond Bar Association and the Oliver W. Hill and Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship Committee.
5/4/2009 - Law Professor Russell Miller Receives Fulbright Research Grant
Law professor Russell Miller has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar senior research grant to conduct research in Heidelberg, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law.
5/4/2009 - Law Professor Elected Vice-President of American Bankruptcy Institute
Margaret Howard, Law Alumni Association Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected Vice-President of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
4/24/2009 - Head of British Supreme Court to Deliver Law Commencement Address
Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, president of the newly formed Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2009 graduation exercises at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
4/21/2009 - W&L to Hold Open House at Roanoke Legal Clinic
On May 1, from noon to 4 p.m., the School of Law will hold an open house to officially launch the Washington and Lee Community Law Center in Roanoke. The event is co-sponsored by the Oliver Hill Foundation and is part of a series of events to celebrate Law Day.
4/17/2009 - Three Law Students Receive VLF Public Service Scholarships
Washington and Lee School of Law students Patrick Chamberlain '10L, Gail Deady '11L, and Rachel Mack '11L have been selected as the 2009 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards.
4/17/2009 - Prof. Johanna Bond Named WLSO Professor of the Year
The Women Law Students Organization at Washington and Lee University School of Law has named Johanna E. Bond the 2009 recipient of the organization's Professor of the Year award.
4/9/2009 - Law Professor’s Book Honored by International Law Organizations
The American Society of International Law has selected Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl's recent book as first runner-up for its 2009 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship. This prize is among the most prestigious publishing awards globally in the field of international law.
4/2/2009 - Medal of Freedom Winner William T. Coleman to Deliver Annual Law and History Lecture
Distinguished attorney and public servant William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. will deliver the annual Hendricks Lecture in Law and History. Coleman, one of the lead strategists and coauthor of the legal brief in Brown v. Board of Education, will explore the impact of the NAACP on the civil rights movement.
4/2/2009 - Law School Tax Clinic Receives IRS Grant
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic program. This is the second straight year that the Tax Clinic has received federal dollars to support its efforts.
4/2/2009 - Professor’s New Study Finds ALI Family Law Principles Have Small Impact
Seeking to deal with the greater complexity of the American family, the American Law Institute nine years ago adopted a set of principles to help the courts and state legislatures negotiate these breakups.
3/31/2009 - Joshua Fairfield Named Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center
Joshua A.T. Fairfield, associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the next director of the Frances Lewis Law Center. He will begin his duties with the Center on July 1, 2009.
3/30/2009 - Law Professor Testifies on Indigent Defense before Congressional Committee
Erik Luna, professor of law at Washington and Lee School of Law, testified last week before a U.S. congressional subcommittee on a state's ability to provide legal services to indigent defendants.
3/23/2009 - W&L Law Symposium to Explore African Women’s Rights and Health Issues
On Friday, April 3, human rights scholars from around the world will gather at Washington and Lee University School of Law for a human rights symposium exploring women's reproductive and sexual health on the African continent.
3/23/2009 - 2009 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture On a Supreme Court Advocate’s Perspective
Carter G. Phillips, one of the nation's foremost U.S. Supreme Court advocates, will deliver the Seventh Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture on Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
3/20/2009 - Government Bailouts Topic of Federalist Society Panel
Former presidential candidate Bob Barr will be among the participants for an upcoming panel discussion at Washington and Lee School of Law exploring government bailouts.
3/19/2009 - Applications to School of Law Buck National Trend, Up 29 Percent This Year
Law school applications are up nationally 4 percent, running lower than expected during an economic downturn. Washington and Lee School of Law is a notable exception, with applications up 29 percent over last year.
3/18/2009 - Death Penalty Topic of Law School Panel Discussion
On Wed. March 25, legal scholars will meet at the School of Law to debate the influence of contemporary culture on the Supreme Court's death penalty rulings.
3/17/2009 - Law Professor Expert Witness on Mutual Fund Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments next term in a case involving a mutual fund management company and allegations of excessive fees. Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Lyman Johnson served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the case.
3/9/2009 - Reconciling Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty
On March 13, Prof. Robin Wilson will participate in a Brookings Institute forum exploring church-state conflicts that same-sex unions may engender.
3/5/2009 - W&L School of Law Receives $2 Million Gift for Third Year Reform
The Washington and Lee School of Law has received a major financial boost with the announcement of a $2-million gift to support the efforts to change the way third-year students prepare for transition from law students to legal practitioners.
3/4/2009 - James F. Childress to Deliver Inaugural Johnson & Johnson Lecture
Dr. James F. Childress, Professor of Ethics and Medical Education at the University of Virginia, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the new Johnson and Johnson Law and Medicine Colloquium Series at the Washington and Lee School of Law.
3/4/2009 - School of Law Welcomes New Faculty for 2009-10 Academic Year
Washington and Lee University School of Law will welcome five new teachers to the permanent faculty for the upcoming academic year.
2/19/2009 - W&L Negotiations Teams Finishes Fourth at National Championships
The Washington and Lee School of Law team of Mike Gardner '10L and Steve Mammarella '10L took fourth place at the American Bar Association's 2009 National Negotiations Competition, held in Boston February 14-15.
2/18/2009 - 2009 Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises over $11,000 for Local Charity
Phi Alpha Delta raised over $11,000 during their annual charity auction. Proceeds will benefit the Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center.
2/17/2009 - Dean Smolla Elected to Board of Governors of Virginia Bar
Rodney A. Smolla, dean and Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.
2/13/2009 - Law Students to Assist Area Residents with Tax Preparation
Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will offer free tax preparation assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge county area this tax season.
2/10/2009 - W&L Symposium Advises Obama Administration on Climate Change
On Feb. 20, legal scholars, economists and scientists from around the nation will converge at Washington and Lee for a symposium exploring the Obama administration's initial steps at addressing the effects of climate change and anticipating the challenges ahead.
2/6/2009 - Law Professor Offers Expert Testimony at United Nations Conference
Susan D. Franck, associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law and an expert in international economic law and dispute resolution, will present expert evidence this February at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland.
1/29/2009 - W&L Negotiations Team Headed to National Championships
The Washington and Lee School of Law team of Mike Gardner '10 and Steve Mammarella '10 will compete at the American Bar Association's 2009 National Negotiations Competition, to be held in Boston February 14-15.
1/22/2009 - W&L Law Professor Mark Drumbl Delivers Oxford University Honorary Lecture
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Mark Drumbl delivered the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society Lecture at Oxford University. He presented a lecture titled "Justice after Atrocity: A Cosmopolitan Pluralist Approach."
1/13/2009 - Acclaimed German Novelist and Constitutional Scholar to Visit W&L
Bernhard Schlink, author of the international bestseller and Oprah Book Club selection The Reader, will lecture and meet with students at Washington and Lee University on Feb. 4-5. The German novelist's visit comes in the midst of his tour of awards events celebrating the just-released and critically-acclaimed film adaptation of his book.
1/12/2009 - NAACP Bureau Chief to Speak at W&L Law on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
NAACP Washington bureau director Hilary O. Shelton will join the University's celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Alumnus and Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith also on hand for ODK/Founders Day.
12/11/2008 - Students in International Law Practicum Promote Justice in Liberia
The West-African nation of Liberia is just beginning to recover from the fourteen year civil war that destroyed its economy, infrastructure and legal system. Through a new international law course, Washington and Lee law students are participating in the rebuilding process up close and personal.
12/11/2008 - Robert E. Shepherd Jr., W&L Alumnus, University of Richmond law professor emeritus and advocate for children’s legal rights, dies of cancer at 71
Robert E. Shepherd Jr., professor emeritus at the University of Richmond's School of Law and a leader in legal issues affecting children and families, died Dec. 11 after a battle with cancer. Shepherd was an alumnus ('59A, '61L) of Washington and Lee and a visting professor this semester at the School of Law.
12/5/2008 - Justice Donald W. Lemons Receives International Honor
Donald W. Lemons, Virginia Supreme Court Justice and Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies at Washington and Lee University School of Law, was named an Honorary Master of the Bench by the Middle Temple Inn of Court in London, England.
11/21/2008 - German Law Journal Publishes Special Issue with Max Planck Institute
The German Law Journal, an online journal that publishes commentary and scholarship in the fields of German, European and international law, has published a special issue on international governance in association with the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law.
11/20/2008 - Law Professor Offers Guidance to New Administration on International Criminal Law
Rebuilding U.S. diplomatic reputation abroad will be one of the many tasks facing President-Elect Obama and other members of his administration. A gathering of international criminal law experts on Nov. 20-21 anticipates these tasks.
11/18/2008 - Ketan Patel Wins 2008 Mock Trial Competition
Top honors at the 2008 Mock Trial went to Ketan Patel '09L. Victoria Corder '10L, winner of the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition, was the runner-up.
11/17/2008 - Prof. Robin Wilson Presents at Georgia Supreme Court Summit
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson participates in a Georgia Supreme Court family law summit sponsored by the Georgia Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law.
11/12/2008 - Former Trustee Isadore Scott Dies
Isadore Meyer "Scotty" Scott '37L, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1982, died Oct. 29, 2008. He was 95 and lived in Haverford, Pa.
11/7/2008 - Erwin Chemerinsky to Deliver 2008 Tucker Lecture during Law and Media Symposium
Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine will deliver the Tucker Lecture as part of the annual Law and Media Symposium. Also speaking at the symposium will be the Hon. Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
11/5/2008 - W&L Negotiations Team Takes Second at Regional Competition
The team of Mike Gardner and Steve Mammarella placed second at the American Bar Association Regional Negotiations Competition, held Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C.
10/29/2008 - Strict Enforcement of State Electioneering Laws Problematic
Election officials who interpret their state's prohibitions against electioneering as prohibiting voters from wearing campaign buttons or T-shirts into the polling places on Election Day may be strictly within the law, but Washington and Lee University law dean Rod Smolla, an expert on the First Amendment, believes the interpretation would be unconstitutional.
10/22/2008 - Winners of 2008 Davis Moot Court Competition Announced
Victoria Corder '10 was named Best Oralist at the 2008 John W. Davis Moot Court Competition. Best Brief honors went to Liz Clarke and Stephanie Hager.
10/20/2008 - Dean Smolla Named 2008 Leader in the Law for Curricular Innovation
Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla has been named a 2008 Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for his work on Washington and Lee Law School's innovative third-year curriculum reform.
10/14/2008 - School of Law Opens Legal Clinic in Childhood Home of Civil Rights Activist
Beginning this fall, students from the Washington and Lee School of Law will offer pro bono legal services out of the childhood home of the late civil rights activist Oliver White Hill.
10/13/2008 - Former Powell Clerk and Watergate Prosecutor to Speak at School of Law
Larry A. Hammond, distinguished criminal defense attorney, Watergate special prosecutor and clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., will speak about the death penalty at the School of Law on Thursday, Oct. 16.
10/13/2008 - Transnational Law Institute Produces Guidelines on Treatment of Detainees
The Lexington Principles on the Rights of Detainees proposes a body of international guidelines intended to help guide the development of due process standards to govern the treatment of detainees.
10/8/2008 - First and Fourth Amendment Cases Highlight Annual Supreme Court Preview
U.S. Supreme Court watchers have noted that this will be an important year for the highest court in the land. Law faculty will preview several important cases on the docket during the annual Supreme Court Preview.
10/6/2008 - Law Professor Discusses Virtual Playgrounds Symposium in Second Life
Joshua Fairfield, associate professor of law at Washington and Lee School of Law, appeared on the Second Life lecture series Metanomics to discuss a recent symposium on virtual worlds held at the Law School.
9/30/2008 - Protecting Children Online Topic of W&L Law Symposium
Academic psychologists, economists, and lawyers gather at Washington and Lee School of Law to discuss the future of children's virtual worlds.
9/29/2008 - Dean Rodney A. Smolla Named to Steinheimer Chair in Law
Washington and Lee University Provost June Aprille has announced that Dean Rodney A. Smolla of the School of Law has been named to the Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr., Professorship in Law.
9/26/2008 - Student Scholarship Honored at Law Review Notes Presentation
On October 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, third-year law students Michelle L. Evans and Allen C. Myers will present their winning law review notes.
9/23/2008 - Winners of 2008 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition Announced
The team John Sorock and Shannon Sherrill won top honors at the 2008 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at Washington and Lee University School of Law. (Video/audio available)
9/5/2008 - Law Professor’s New Book Explores Conflict between Religious Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage
A new book co-edited by Washington and Lee University law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson explores the religious freedom implications of defining marriage to include same-sex couples.
9/5/2008 - Ambassador David Scheffer to Address the Future of the International Criminal Court
The Washington and Lee University School of Law Transnational Law Institute presents Ambassador David Scheffer, who will discuss "The Future of America and the International Criminal Court."
9/3/2008 - Law Professor Says Supreme Court Decision May Lead To More Approved Employee Health Benefit Claims
In a new article published by Health Affairs, Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Tim Jost concludes that a recent Supreme Court decision will likely lead to more approvals of health insurance claims.
8/21/2008 - W&L Law Annual Fund Posts Record Year
It was a record-setting year for the Washington and Lee School of Law Annual Fund. At the close of the 2007-08 fiscal year, the fund totaled $835,823.36, a 4 percent increase over last year's effort.
8/19/2008 - W&L Black Lung Clinic Wins Latest 4th Circuit Argument
Washington and Lee University School of Law students have again prevailed in a Black Lung benefits dispute argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
8/12/2008 - Dean Smolla Participates in Viacom v. Google Webcast
On March 13, 2007 the international media giant Viacom filed suit against Google, claiming that Google's popular video-sharing network YouTube had engaged in massive violation of Viacom's copyright interests.
8/7/2008 - Law Professor's New Book Looks to Nation's Past in Understanding Government Response to War on Terror
Written testimony from the 1975 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also known as the "Church Committee," reads like a lot of Congressional testimony from the last two years. Then as now, a fierce debate raged over national security interests and the preservation of civil liberties.
7/23/2008 - School of Law Donates Law Books to Aid Liberian Legal System
On Monday, July 14, a truck carrying a shipping container backed up to the loading dock at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. One hour and 30,000 pounds later, the container began a 7 week, 5000 mile journey to Monrovia, Liberia.
7/3/2008 - W&L Law Professor Mary Z. Natkin named Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service
Mary Z. Natkin, clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been named Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service. In this newly created position, Natkin will oversee one of the chief initiatives of the School's new third-year curriculum.
6/28/2008 - Law Professor's Work Cited by Supreme Court of Canada
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Mark A. Drumbl's scholarship was cited in a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada involving fishing rights of indiginous peoples.
6/27/2008 - Law Professor Robin Wilson Wins WLSO Award
The Women Law Students Association at Washington and Lee University School of Law has named Robin F. Wilson the 2008 recipient of the organization's Professor of the Year award.
6/25/2008 - Professor Tim Jost Participates in New Talk Online Forum
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Tim Jost is participating in a New Talk online discussion forum addressing the question of delivery models for chronic care.
6/23/2008 - Washington and Lee Mourns Law Professor Louise Halper
Louise A. Halper, professor of law and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University, died unexpectedly from complications following surgery.
6/16/2008 - Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald Lemons to Join W&L Law School Faculty
Donald W. Lemons, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will join the faculty of the Washington and Lee University School of Law this fall as Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies.
6/4/2008 - Professor Tim Jost Publishes JAMA Commentary on Health System Legal Reforms
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Tim Jost has published a commentary for the Journal of the American Medical Association on legal reforms necessary to promote innovation in the delivery of health care.
5/21/2008 - Peter Jetton Named Director of Communications for the School of Law
Peter T. Jetton has been named Director of Communications for the Washington and Lee University School of Law. For the last three years, Jetton has served as web and communications specialist for the Law School.
5/12/2008 - Dean Smolla Analyzes Legal Issues Surrounding User-generated Web Content
In a new West podcast and white paper, Dean Rodney A. Smolla analyzes legal issues surrounding user-generated web content.
5/12/2008 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 2008 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 153rd commencement on Saturday, May 10 as 141 J.D. degrees and five LL.M. degrees were awarded.
5/7/2008 - Elizabeth Outland Branner Named Director of Law Advancement
Elizabeth Outland Branner has been named Director of Advancement for the Washington and Lee University School of Law following a nationwide search.
5/2/2008 - School of Law Adopts Transnational Law Course for First Year Students
The faculty of Washington and Lee University School of Law has voted unanimously to include Transnational Law as a required first-year course.
4/30/2008 - Three Law Students Receive Public Service Scholarships
Washington and Lee School of Law students Kiyomi Bolick, Kyu-Eun Lee, and Sara McManus, all members of the class of 2010, have been selected as the 2008 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards.
4/18/2008 - Law Student Named Student Editor of ABA Magazine
Washington and Lee School of Law student Charles E. Gates, Jr. has been named student editor of Student Lawyer magazine for the 2008-09 academic year.
4/11/2008 - Law Student Selected as Fulbright Alternate to Pursue Colombian Comparative Law Study
Washington and Lee University School of Law student Ernani DeAraujo has been selected as a Fulbright alternate for his proposal involving a comparative study of U.S. and Colombian administrative law.
4/7/2008 - School of Law Welcomes New Faculty for 2008-09 Academic Year
Washington and Lee University School of Law will welcome eight new teachers to the permanent faculty for the upcoming academic year. The incoming faculty members include experts in domestic and international law, as well as distinguished interdisciplinary scholars.
4/3/2008 - Law Professor’s Book Honored at 2008 ASIL Meeting
The new book Progress in International Law by Washington and Lee law professor Russell Miller has been selected for the rare honor of a panel discussion during the 2008 American Society of International Law meeting.
4/1/2008 - School of Law Announces German LL.M. Scholarship Program in Conjunction with German Law Journal
Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, USA, announces the establishment of a scholarship for one qualified German LL.M. student.
3/14/2008 - Legal Reform Champion Philip K. Howard to Deliver 2008 Powell Lecture
Philip K. Howard, a prominent attorney and advocate of legal reform, will deliver the 2008 Powell Lecture on Friday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
3/13/2008 - Sol Wachtler to Discuss Betrayal of Rule of Law in Nazi Germany
The Honorable Sol Wachtler 51A, 52L will visit Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 26 to discuss the documentary film, "Hitler's Courts: The Betrayal of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany."
3/10/2008 - Washington and Lee School of Law Announces Dramatic Third Year Reform
It has been more than 100 years since law schools in the United States have overhauled how they teach students. The Washington and Lee University School of Law looks to change that with a bold plan to reform the third year of law school.
3/6/2008 - Media, Law and the Courts Symposium Explores 60 Minutes Scandal
Four years ago, in the middle of a hot presidential campaign, the CBS News program 60 Minutes Wednesday aired an explosive segment involving President George Bush's National Guard service. But the story backfired
2/26/2008 - Former FBI, CIA Chief William Webster to Deliver Law School Commencement Address
The Honorable William H. Webster, former federal judge and the only American to serve as director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2008 graduation exercises at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
2/15/2008 - Law Students Providing Legal Assistance with Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Although public attention to the Hurricane Katrina disaster has long since given way to concerns about the economy and the home mortgage crisis, hundreds of volunteers and organizations continue the difficult work of rebuilding the gulf coast region.
2/6/2008 - Phi Alpha Delta Presents Auction Proceeds To Christmas Basket Program
On Thursday, January 31, members of Phi Alpha Delta presented the proceeds from their annual charity auction to organizers of this year's recipient, the Lexington-Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program.
2/4/2008 - Law School Symposium to Address Sexual Orientation and the Law
On Friday, February 29, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, the Washington and Lee University School of Law will host a symposium titled "A Queer Definition of Equality: Exploring Major Issues in Sexual Orientation and the Law."
1/31/2008 - Inaugural Hendricks Lecture to Address When Massachusetts was Religious and Virginia Wasn't
William E. Nelson, the Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at New York University Law School, will deliver the inaugural Hendricks Lecture in Law and History. The lecture will debut on George Washington's birthday, Friday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
1/29/2008 - Law Students to Help Taxpayers Claim Valuable Credits on 2007 Tax Returns
Students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law will offer free tax preparation assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge county area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office will be open on Monday evenings beginning February 11.
1/28/2008 - Law Alumnus named 108th President of Virginia Bar Association
The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) swore in G. Michael Pace, Jr., of Salem as its 108th president at the VBA Annual Meeting held this month in Colonial Williamsburg. Pace is a 1984 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
1/23/2008 - Distinguished Panel to discuss Justice, Security and Controversy at Guantanamo Bay
A panel presentation and public discussion on Justice, Security and Controversy at Guantanamo Bay will be held at the Washington and Lee University School of Law on Friday, Feb. 1.
1/21/2008 - Law Professor Named to West Publishing Advisory Board
Ben Spencer, visiting professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been appointed to the West Publishing Company Law School Advisory Board.
1/11/2008 - David Crane to Deliver Transnational Law Institute Public Lecture
David Crane, former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, will deliver a public lecture at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Tuesday January 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. The lecture will be titled "Diamonds, Guns, and Thugs--The West African Extreme."
1/8/2008 - School of Law Welcomes Visiting Faculty Members for Spring 2008
The Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to welcome several visiting faculty members this semester.
1/8/2008 - Jost Book Receiving Favorable Reviews from Medical Community
The recent book by Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost exploring the health care crisis in America has received favorable reviews in several of the country's leading health care research and policy publications.
1/2/2008 - Law Professor Receives Honors for Conference Participation
Robin F. Wilson, Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, received special honors for her contributions to the 20th Anniversary Conference at the Kopaonik School of Natural Law in Mt. Kopaonik, Serbia.
12/7/2007 - W&L Law Professor Consults in Largest Stock Options Backdating Case
Lyman Johnson, Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, served as an advisor in the nation's largest stock options backdating case, settled Thursday, December 6, 2007.
12/3/2007 - Arif Noorani Wins 2007 Mock Trial to Cap Busy Moot Court Season
The Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law completed its busy fall schedule on Friday, November 30, 2007 as the Mock Trial competition drew to a close.
11/28/2007 - School of Law Takes the United States Constitution to the Community
The Washington and Lee University School of Law has initiated a new community outreach program designed to provide a forum for exploring Constitutional issues currently at play in society and the courts.
11/28/2007 - Professor Tim Jost to Present at Fresh Thinking Project
On Friday, November 30, Washington and Lee University School of Law Professor Tim Jost will present a paper at Stanford University for the Fresh Thinking project along with the leading health law and regulation scholars in the country.
11/15/2007 - Law Center Scholar-in-Residence to Discuss Reportorial Privilege and Restitution during December Events
This December, Eoin O'Dell, Lewis Law Center Scholar-in-Residence at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, will deliver a public lecture on the journalist's privilege and host a scholar's roundtable discussion addressing restitution in North America.
11/14/2007 - Jack Goldsmith to Discuss Limits of Executive Power and the Terror Presidency
Jack Goldsmith, author of The Terror Presidency and Washington and Lee alumnus, will deliver two lectures on Monday, Nov. 26.
11/5/2007 - Law School Tax Clinic to Receive Grant from IRS
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service's Low Income Taxpayer grant program. The grant partially will fund the clinic for the 2008 calendar year and may cover as much as 50 percent of the cost of operating the clinic.
11/1/2007 - Paul Gardner Resigns as Director of Law School Advancement
Paul Gardner has announced his resignation as Director of Law School Advancement to become the Associate Dean for Advancement at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
10/29/2007 - Inaugural Dean’s Lecture to Address Freedom of Speech on College Campuses
Please join us on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall for the Inaugural Dean's Lecture, to be delivered by Rodney A. Smolla, Dean and Professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
10/27/2007 - Winners of 2007 Davis Moot Court Competition Announced
Arif Noorani '09 was named Best Oralist and the Best Brief Award went to Jessica Berenyi '08 and Anna Ku '08 during the 2007 Davis Moot Court competition.
10/26/2007 - 2007 Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises over $10,000 for Local Charity
On Thursday, October 25, students at the Washington and Lee School of Law once again showed their generosity, raising over $10,000 during the 2007 Phi Alpha Delta charity auction.
10/22/2007 - Jost Appointed to Institute of Medicine Conflict of Interest Committee
Washington and Lee University Law Professor Timothy S. Jost has been appointed to an Institute of Medicine committee to examine financial conflicts of interest between medical practitioners, researchers, and educators and the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.
10/4/2007 - School of Law to Launch New Clinic to Assist Low-income Taxpayers
Beginning in January 2008, a new clinic serving low-income taxpayers will begin operations at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Clinic students will help resolve tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and provide outreach to individuals who speak English as a second language on their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers.
10/1/2007 - Mark Drumbl’s New Book Wins Major Book Prize
The International Association of Criminal Law (U.S. National Section) has awarded Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl's book Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007) its Book of the Year Prize for 2007.
9/27/2007 - Law Students to Provide Legal Support in Trials of Khmer Rouge Leadership
The second highest ranking official in the Khmer Rouge regime was recently taken into custody to stand trial for atrocities that occurred during the bloody reign of that totalitarian regime, and soon the country of Cambodia, with the help of students from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, will begin the slow march to justice and reconciliation.
9/26/2007 - Judge Joan Lefkow to Deliver 2007 Tucker Lecture
The Hon. Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will deliver the 2007 Tucker Lecture at the Washington and Lee University School of Law on Friday, October 5 beginning at 12:10 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.
9/26/2007 - School of Law Celebrates International Law Scholars with Portrait Unveiling and Class of 1975 Investiture Lecture
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Washington and Lee University School of Law will honor Professor Rick Kirgis and his many contributions to the school and also will recognize Professor Mark Drumbl for his work in international law.
9/21/2007 - Washington and Lee University Mourns the Hon. H. Emory Widener ’53, Longest-serving Appeals Court Judge
The Honorable Hiram Emory Widener, Jr., 84, alumnus and adjunct faculty member at the School of Law, died at his home on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 11:10 a.m. He was born in Abingdon, Virginia on April 30, 1923. He had been the longest-serving active United States Court of Appeals judge in the nation.
9/21/2007 - Winners of 2007 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition Announced
The 2007 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at the Washington and Lee University School of Law came to a close Friday evening, with the team of Ben Conley and Joseph Yahr emerging victorious.
9/20/2007 - Religious Freedom Attorney to Speak At School of Law
Prominent religious liberty attorney Kevin Seamus Hasson will speak at the Washington and Lee University School of Law on Monday, September 24 in Classroom A beginning at 2:00 p.m.
9/19/2007 - Associate General Counsel for Johnson and Johnson to Speak at School of Law
Taysen Van Itallie, Associate General Counsel for Johnson and Johnson, will speak at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.
9/19/2007 - Law Professor Joshua Fairfield Gives Lecture within Second Life Virtual World
On Monday, September 24, Joshua Fairfield, visiting professor of law at Washington and Lee University, delivered a lecture titled "Anti-Social Contracts in Virtual Worlds," and he didn't even have to leave his office to do it.
9/14/2007 - Jose Enrique Alvarez to Deliver 2007 Transnational Law Institute Fall Lecture
The Transnational Law Institute's Fall Lecture will be delivered by Jose Enrique Alvarez, Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School and the President of the American Society of International Law (2006-2007). His lecture is titled 'Making Globalization Responsible' and will take place on Tuesday, September 25, at 12:00 pm in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.
9/7/2007 - Dean Rodney Smolla to Present at World Forum on Democracy
Washington and Lee University School of Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla will participate in the World Forum on the Future of Democracy, hosted by the College of William and Mary from September 16 to September 18, 2007.
9/7/2007 - Phi Alpha Delta Wins Community Service Award for 2006 Auction
The Washington and Lee University School of Law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), an international service fraternity, has received the Outstanding Community Service Law School Chapter Award from the PAD Public Service Center for their 2006 charity auction.
8/28/2007 - School of Law Welcomes Visiting Faculty Members for Fall 2007
The School of Law is pleased to welcome several visiting faculty members this semester. Among the visitors are an expert in e-Commerce regulation and virtual worlds, the co-founder of the popular online German Law Journal, and two alumni of the law school.
8/14/2007 - Lorri Olan Named Associate Director of Career Planning and Professional Development
Lorriann Theresa Olan has been named Associate Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. She begins her position with the School on August 27.
8/9/2007 - Law Professor’s New Book Examines Health Care Crisis in America
In his new book, Health Care at Risk, Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost addresses the health insurance crisis by examining one of the latest developments in health care, the consumer-driven movement.
8/8/2007 - Washington and Lee University Mourns Civil Rights Leader Oliver Hill
Oliver W. Hill, prominent civil rights crusader and attorney, died Sunday, Aug. 5, at his Richmond, Va., home. He was 100. Hill received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University in 2000.
Hill was a close friend of the late Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell '29A, '31L, as well as of current Board of Trustees member Robert J. Grey '76L. Commenting on Hill's life to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Grey said the lawyer possessed a sense of fairness and always rooted for the underdog.
8/3/2007 - Washington and Lee Law Review Announces Staff Writers
Twenty-four students at Washington and Lee University's School of Law have been named staff writers for the Law Review, completing the staff for the upcoming year's edition, Volume 65. They join an editorial board comprised of 15 third-year students, including Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Herb and Executive Editor Anna Ku.
8/3/2007 - School of Law Welcomes New Faculty Members
The Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to welcome three professors as new faculty members.
In addition to Rodney Smolla, who was named Dean and Professor of Law in February, Robin Fretwell Wilson and Lawton Cummings will join the permanent faculty this fall.
7/17/2007 - Sarah Nichols Hughes Named Assistant Director for Advancement
Sarah Nichols Hughes has been named the Assistant Director for Advancement at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, beginning August 1. In her new position, Hughes will focus on the School of Law's Annual Fund. She replaces Elizabeth Outland Branner, who recently was promoted to the new position of Associate Director for Advancement.
6/29/2007 - Professor Robert Danforth Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Robert T. Danforth, Professor of Law and Alumni Faculty Fellow at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by Dean Rodney Smolla.
Danforth succeeds Professor Blake Morant, who is departing Washington and Lee to become dean of the law school at Wake Forest University.
6/26/2007 - W&L Law Professor David Bruck Offers Testimony on Federal Death Penalty before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor David Bruck, testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday, June 27. The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights held a hearing discussing oversight of the federal death penalty.
Professor Bruck is director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at the School of Law. He has practiced criminal law since 1976, and since 1980 has specialized in the defense of capital cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages.
6/22/2007 - Professor Louise Halper Named Director of Lewis Law Center
Louise A. Halper, Professor of Law and Law Alumni Association Fellow in Teaching Excellence at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the next director of the Frances Lewis Law Center.
Established in 1978 with a generous gift from Frances and Sydney Lewis, the Law Center's mandate is to support faculty research and scholarship that advances legal reform.
6/19/2007 - Elizabeth Outland Branner Named Associate Director for Advancement
Elizabeth Outland Branner has been promoted to the new position of Associate Director for Advancement in the Washington and Lee University School of Law, effective July 1. In her new position, Branner will focus on the Law School's major gifts program.
5/29/2007 - Law Professor’s Scholarship Leads to New Legislation Banning Unauthorized Exams
Imagine you're a woman going in for surgery at a well-known teaching hospital. You're confident in your surgeon, and you've signed all the usual consent forms. Unfortunately, what you don't know is that while you're under anesthesia medical students may be performing a pelvic exam without your knowledge or consent.
5/15/2007 - Blake Morant Named Dean of Wake Forest University School of Law
Blake D. Morant, associate dean for academic affairs and Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. professor of law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the new dean of the School of Law at Wake Forest University.
Morant, who joined the faculty of the law school in 1997, will begin his duties as dean at Wake Forest July 1, 2007.
5/14/2007 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 2007 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 152nd commencement on Saturday, May 12 as 124 J.D. degrees and four LL.M degrees were awarded. The graduates will begin their legal careers in 26 different states and one foreign country, Bosnia-Herzogovina. 18 graduates will go on to judicial clerkships, and 56 percent of employed graduates will work for law firms.
5/11/2007 - Law Professor Consults In Largest-Ever Settlement With Corporate Directors
Lyman Johnson, Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, served as a consultant and expert witness to the law firm obtaining what may be the largest settlement payment ever by outside corporate directors following corporate misconduct allegations.
5/2/2007 - Four Law Students Receive Public Service Scholarships
Washington and Lee School of Law students Russell Kruse, Blaine Nicholson, Robert Reed, and Bridget Tainer-Parkins, all members of the class of 2009, have been selected as the 2007 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards that will enable them to work at law-related public service jobs this summer.
4/18/2007 - Law Professor’s New Book Examines International Law and War Crimes
How do you determine an appropriate punishment for a war criminal or a genocidal killer? These questions inform Washington and Lee University School of Law Professor Mark Drumbl's new book, Atrocity, Punishment and International Law, released this April by Cambridge University Press. Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and director of the school's Transnational Law Institute.
4/17/2007 - Author John Grisham to Deliver Law School Commencement Address
Best-selling author John Grisham will deliver the commencement address during the 2007 School of Law Commencement exercises at Washington and Lee University on Saturday, May 12. Commencement will begin at 11:00 am on the lawn between the Colonnade and Lee Chapel (rain location: Warner Center). The event is open to the public.
4/13/2007 - International Law Students Travel to Europe to See Human Rights Organizations at Work
Washington and Lee University School of Law students taking Professor Speedy Rice's International Law of Human Rights class traveled to Europe this semester to see up close how the legal procedures and mechanisms they have studied are put into practice.
The students visited international courts as well as non-governmental organizations working for human rights across the globe.
4/13/2007 - School of Law Victorious in U.S Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Arguments
As reported last year, visiting professor of law Sean Donahue and third-year law student Kate Speiker argued separate cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, respectively. Decisions in both cases were released this spring, and clients represented by the Washington and Lee advocates were victorious in both of them.
4/2/2007 - School of Law 25th in Latest US News Rankings
Washington and Lee University's School of Law is ranked the 25th best legal program in the country among ABA-accredited law schools, according to new rankings released Friday (March 30) by U.S. News and World Report. The school was ranked 22nd in last year's report.
3/30/2007 - Service Trip to Gulf Coast Brings Focus to Hurricane Katrina Symposium
More than a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region, and although thousands of volunteers have traveled to the area to provide relief assistance, a tremendous amount of work remains.
18 students from the Washington and Lee University School of Law saw this up close during their spring break when they joined a nationwide relief effort providing legal services and manual labor in New Orleans.
3/13/2007 - Law Symposium Examines Gender-Relevant Legislation In Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries
On March 30 and 31, a distinguished multidisciplinary group of international scholars and activists will convene at the Washington and Lee School of Law to discuss various women's issues at the Gender-Relevant Legislative Change in Muslim and non-Muslim Countries symposium.
Louise Halper, symposium director and professor of law at the School fo Law says that many people assume that Muslim women can't speak for themselves. From her travels in the region, she saw a different picture.
3/6/2007 - Law Students Receive Shepherd Poverty Alliance Internships
Four students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law have received summer internships through the Shepherd Poverty Alliance. The Shepherd Alliance joins students from Berea College, Bonner Scholar Schools, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Washington and Lee University in summer work with agencies that seek to benefit impoverished members of society.
The students, Peter Massaro '09L, Crystal Doyle '09L, Yue Liu '09L, and Melanie Busby '08L, will participate in their internships during summer 2007.
2/19/2007 - Rodney A. Smolla Named Dean of the Washington and Lee School of Law
President Kenneth P. Ruscio announced today the appointment of Rodney A. Smolla as Dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Smolla is currently Dean and George E. Allen Professor of Law at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Smolla will succeed Acting Dean Brian C. Murchison on July 1, 2007.
2/19/2007 - Alumni Return to Judge Jessup International Law Competition
When Josh Humphries '07L was looking for people to judge the South Central Regional Round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at the School of Law on Feb. 16 -18, he wanted the best. So it was only natural to turn to Washington and Lee alumni.
2/7/2007 - National Jurist Names Washington and Lee School of Law to Clinical Honor Roll
The National Jurist has named the Black Lung Legal Clinic at the Washington and Lee School of Law as one of the best clinical programs in the nation.
The Black Lung Clinic joined programs from the University of Chicago Law School, the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law, among others, on the Clinical Honor Roll announced in the January edition of the magazine.
2/1/2007 - BLSA Sponsors Lectures Series in Celebration of Black History Month
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has planned a series of lectures during the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.
The series begins on Monday, February 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room with a speech delivered by Robert Grey '76.
1/30/2007 - Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments at the Washington and Lee University School of Law
On Friday, February 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear a day of oral arguments in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. A panel of judges from the Court will hear three cases beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. As is customary, the names of the judges will not be released until the morning oral arguments are to take place.
1/29/2007 - Law Students to Assist Local Residents with Tax Returns
Students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law are once again offering free tax help for low- to moderate-income individuals in the Rockbridge County area this year. Beginning February 12 and ending April 2, student volunteers will staff the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office on Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Legal Practice Center located near the law school on the Washington and Lee University campus. The office will be closed March 12 and March 19 while students are on break.
1/24/2007 - Transnational Law Institute Offers Lecture on Saddam Hussein Conviction and Execution
The Transnational Law Institute at the Washington and Lee University School of Law will offer an honorary lecture by Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni titled 'Iraqi High Tribunal: Saddam Hussein Conviction and Execution'. The lecture, followed by questions, will be held in Lewis Hall Room A from 10:30 to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Bassiouni is one of the world's leaders in the field of international criminal law and war crimes trials.
1/16/2007 - Emeritus Board Member Pamela J. White Appointed to Baltimore Circuit Court
Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. has announced the appointment of Pamela J. White 77L, former member of the Board of Trustees, as a Circuit Court Judge in Baltimore City.
White, who was appointed to fill the seat of a retiring judge, will serve until November 2008, when she will stand for election to a 15-year term.
1/3/2007 - Washington and Lee University to Celebrate the Life of the Mind during Science, Society, and the Arts
Preparations are in full swing as the Washington and Lee University community prepares for the second Science, Society, and the Arts (SSA) research conference. SSA, held for the first time in November 2004, is a campus-wide academic conference where students, faculty and staff participate in reading colloquia and academic presentations with the goal of highlighting the academic life of the campus community.
SSA II will occur on Friday, March 2, 2007 across the Washington and Lee University campus.
12/18/2006 - Washington and Lee Law Faculty to Present at AALS Annual Meeting
Washington and Lee University School of Law faculty members Dorothy Brown and Doug Rendleman will participate in several sessions at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The conference will take place Jan. 3 through Jan. 6, 2007 in Washington, D.C.
12/11/2006 - Black Lung Clinic Awaits Decision in Recent Fourth Circuit Case
On Nov. 30, Kate Speiker ('07L) argued before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Terry v. Hobet Mining Company. Speiker, who has participated in both the Black Lung Clinic and Public Prosecutors program at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, argued on behalf of the late Harold Terry and his wife, who have been fighting the mining company with the assistance of the Black Lung Clinic for nearly ten years.
11/30/2006 - Law Student Takes on Coal Company in U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
On Nov. 30, law student Kate Speiker ('07) will argue before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Terry v. Hobet Mining Company. Unfortunately, win or lose, Harold Terry has already lost--he died in 2002.
If Speiker is successful, and if the coal company chooses not to petition the U.S. Supreme Court, then Terry's benefits will go to his widow.
11/20/2006 - 2006 Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises over $16,000 for Local Child Care Program
On Thursday, November 9, students at the Washington and Lee School of Law once again showed their generosity, raising over $16,000 during the 2006 Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) charity auction. This amount surpassed the 2005 auction total, which was itself a record-setting amount.
11/13/2006 - Fall 2006 Moot Court Competition Winners Announced: Negotiations Team Headed to National Championships
The Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law completed its busy fall schedule on Friday, November 10, 2006 as the Mock Trial competition drew to a close. Other competitions decided this fall included the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiation competition and the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Moot Court competition.
11/3/2006 - 2006 Mock Trial Competition Underway
Mock Trial, the third competition sponsored by the Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, is now underway. The competition began on Sunday, October 29, 2006 and will conclude on November 10, 2006.
The administrators for this year's competition are third-year students Sarah Floyd and Diana Grimes.
10/27/2006 - W&L Professor Takes on Duke Energy before United States Supreme Court
: Argument Transcript Available
How does a lawyer prepare to argue a case for the first time before the highest court in the land? Washington and Lee University School of Law Visiting Professor Sean Donahue, an experienced appellate litigator who has argued 30 federal cases and appeared before the highest state courts in Idaho and Maryland, admits this time things are a little more intense.
"I'm taking advice, doing a lot of reading and a few moot courts. Trying to anticipate the tough questions the justices will ask," says Donahue. "I have to condense this case into three of four key points I want to get across, which will be tough to do. I only have 15 minutes."
10/23/2006 - Miners Turn to W&L Legal Clinic for Help
The Black Lung Legal Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The article includes interviews with faculty and students who participate in the clinic and with miners who have received benefits because of the work of the clinic.
10/23/2006 - Transnational Law Institute Welcomes Visiting Scholar
The Transnational Law Institute is pleased to welcome Aneta Spaic, associate professor on the law faculty at the University of Montenegro, as an Institute Visiting Scholar. Spaic will be visiting at the Washington and Lee University School of Law from October 23 to November 18.
Spaic is visiting the School of Law in order to pursue scholarship on her Ph.D. thesis titled "Fundamental Breach under the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods". Spaic, whose research interests include international contract law, will also give an academic presentation on her thesis.
10/20/2006 - W&L School of Law Professor Mark Drumbl Featured on C-Span Coverage of Symposium on the New 2006 Military Commissions Act
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Mark Drumbl spoke at a symposium on Friday, October 20th, at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. on the new 2006 Military Commissions Act.
The Act, just signed by President Bush, was in response to the June 2006 judgment of the Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that struck down the previous system of military commissions.
10/12/2006 - British Lord to Discuss Cornwallis Family History in Lee Chapel
Fiennes Stanley Wykeham Cornwallis, the Right Honorable Lord Cornwallis, will discuss the history of the Cornwallis family during a lecture on Monday, Oct. 23, at 6:00 p.m. in Lee Chapel. Lord Cornwallis is a descendent of General Charles Cornwallis, whose surrender to General George Washington at Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781 marked the end of the Revolutionary War.
10/10/2006 - 2007 Rankings from Princeton Review Place School of Law Professors on Top for Third Straight Year
The Princeton Review has again placed the faculty at the Washington and Lee University School of Law first in it annual rankings of law schools. The 2007 results placed Washington and Lee at the top of the "Professors Rock (Legally Speaking)" category and sixth in "Best Overall Academic Experience". The School of Law was seventh in the academic experience category last year.
10/10/2006 - Slate Magazine Editor and Columnist to Discuss the Roberts Court for 2006 Tucker Lecture
Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate magazine, will offer some initial impressions on the Roberts Court for this year's Tucker Lecture. Lithwick writes the columns "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" for Slate and has covered everything from the Microsoft trial to the calculus of capital punishment.
The lecture is scheduled for Friday, October 20 at 12:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall.
9/28/2006 - Law School Faculty Preview Key Cases from Upcoming Supreme Court Docket
Professors from the Washington and Lee University School of Law will preview several key cases to be argued before the Supreme Court during the Court's 2006-2007 session.
Faculty will frame the important issues of the case, discuss case facts, and explain the routes the cases took through the lower courts before being accepted by the Supreme Court. Scheduled to coincide with the opening of the Court's session, this event is set for Wednesday, October 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. All are welcome to attend.
9/25/2006 - Students Argue before Mock United States Supreme Court in the 27th Annual John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition
The Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law is well into the second Moot Court competition of the year, the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition. The Davis Competition, named in honor of alumnus John W. Davis, began on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 and will conclude with the Final Round on October 27, 2006. The administrators for this year's competition are third-year students Mini Kaur and Matthew Morrison.
9/22/2006 - Global Justice and Freedom of the Press Topics for Inaugural Lectures at the School of Law
The Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to announce the speakers for two inaugural lectures to be delivered the last week of September.
On Tuesday, September 26, Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University will be the first invited speaker for the newly created Transnational Law Institute. Then, on Friday, September 29, Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea of the Boston College Law School will deliver the inaugural Charles S. Rowe First Amendment Lecture.
9/18/2006 - School of Law to Host Law and Literature Seminar featuring In Cold Blood
The Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 14th annual Law and Literature Seminar, beginning Friday, October 6, at 3:00 p.m. and ending Saturday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Alumni College program, the seminar has been approved for two hours of CLE ethics credit and is open to anyone interested in law and literature.
9/12/2006 - Ahmed Younis 04L Discusses American Muslims and the War on Terror
Law Alumnus Ahmed Younis, National Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, was featured in the "Free Speech" segment on the CBS Evening News.
9/1/2006 - Moot Court Board Kicks Off Busy Year with Robert J. Grey Negotiation Competition
Just two weeks into the start of the school year, the Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has already initiated its first competition. The Negotiation Competition, newly named in honor of alumnus Robert J. Grey Jr., began Tuesday, August 30, 2006 and will conclude with the finals on September 15, 2006. The administrators for this year’s competition are third-year students Rob Rivers-Benaicha and Adam Hull.
8/25/2006 - Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice Announces 2006-2007 Staff Writers
The editorial board of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has announced the winners of the annual writing competition to determine which students will be selected as staff writers. The 14 students join a staff that includes editor-in-chief Yousri Omar, executive editor Stephanie Yost, and managing editor Molly Donnelly.
8/14/2006 - W&L Law Professor Adam Scales to Address Insurance Issues Resulting from Hurricane Katrina at Legal Symposium
Professor Adam Scales will join other legal experts in examining the impact of America’s largest natural disaster at a legal symposium hosted by the Mississippi College of Law in Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday, August 29.
Topics will include disaster response within the framework of the constitution, insurance and allocating the costs of recovery, and land use issues during rebuilding.
7/28/2006 - W&L Law Review Names New Staff Writers
Twenty-four students at Washington and Lee University's School of Law have been named staff writers for the Law Review, completing the staff for the upcoming year's edition, Volume 64. They join an editorial board comprised of 15 third-year students, including Editor-in-Chief Donald Houser and Executive Editor Meredith Abernathy.
7/17/2006 - Law Alumnus Edward Neufville '03 Takes On the Patriot Act
The Patriot Act says one of Edward Neufville’s clients, who is seeking asylum in the U.S. from Myanmar (Burma), is a terrorist. He disagrees.
7/13/2006 - President Announces Law Dean Search Committee
Washington and Lee University President Ken Ruscio has announced the membership of the committee that will participate in the search to replace Law Dean David Partlett, who departed the School of Law to head the law school at Emory University. Professor Brian Murchison is serving as interim dean during the search.
6/20/2006 - Transnational Law Institute Announces New Internship and Inaugural Lecture
Already off to a busy start, the newly formed Transnational Law Institute at the Washington and Lee University School of Law made several announcements this week, including the sponsorship of a third student internship and the naming of the speaker for the Institute’s inaugural lecture. A board of advisors was also named.
6/12/2006 - School of Law Alumnus Among New Trustees
Washington and Lee University will swear in four new members of the Board of Trustees in October, including Robert J. Grey '76L.
5/29/2006 - School of Law Announces Faculty Fellowships for 2006-07
The committees established to award faculty fellowships for teaching excellence and for excellence in scholarship have announced the recipients of fellowships for next academic year.
5/15/2006 - School of Law Honors Graduates at 151st Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 151st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12 as 128 J.D. degrees and two LL.M degrees were awarded. In addition to its many academic and public service achievements, this class is notable for its ethnic and geographic diversity. 16 percent of the students in this year's graduating class are ethnic minorities, and graduates represent 29 U.S. states and 7 foreign countries.
5/11/2006 - W&L Law Professor Margaret Howard Elected to Board of American Bankruptcy Institute
Margaret Howard, the Law Alumni Association Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI).
5/9/2006 - Three Law Students Receive Public Service Awards from Virginia Law Foundation
Washington and Lee School of Law students Chaitra Gokul ('08L), David Knight ('08L), and Apryl Whitaker ('08L) have been selected as the 2006 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards that will enable them to work at law-related public service jobs this summer.
5/8/2006 - W&L Law Professor Lyman Johnson’s Scholarship Garners Award
The Corporate Practice Commentator has named Professor Lyman Johnson’s article on corporate officers and business judgment rule one of the ten best corporate and securities articles published in 2005. Published four times a year and reprinting a selection of articles about corporate law, the Corporate Practice Commentator conducts an annual survey of legal scholars teaching in this area to determine this award. Survey participants chose from among 430 articles in selecting the ten best.
5/5/2006 - W&L School of Law Establishes Transnational Law Institute
Dean David Partlett has announced the establishment of the Transnational Law Institute, to be housed in the School of Law and to begin limited activities and planning next academic year. The Institute will have a rotating directorship and a board of advisers that includes faculty within and outside the School of Law. Professor Mark Drumbl will be the Institute’s first director.
5/4/2006 - W&L Law Professor David Bruck On NPR's Morning Edition
W&L Law Professor and VCCC Director David Bruck was interviewed Thursday, May 4 on NPR's Morning Edition, commenting on the Moussaoui jury's descision to reject the death penalty.
4/27/2006 - Larry Sabato to Deliver Law School Commencement Address
Dr. Larry J. Sabato, The Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia will deliver this year’s address during the Washington and Lee University School of Law commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13.
4/19/2006 - Murchison Named Acting Dean of W&L School of Law
Provost Tom Williams has announced the appointment of Brian Murchison as Acting Dean of the School of Law for the 2006-07 academic year. He will begin his term in July, when Dean David Partlett departs to assume the deanship of Emory University Law School.
4/13/2006 - W&L School of Law to Celebrate the Life of Roger D. Groot during Reunion Weekend
On Saturday, May 6, the School of Law will host a celebration of the life of Roger D. Groot, longtime faculty member and Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law who passed away in November 2005.
4/7/2006 - David Partlett Named Law Dean at Emory University
David F. Partlett, vice president and dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law since July 1, 2000, has been named the new dean of Emory Law School at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Partlett will assume his new position on July 1, 2006.
4/4/2006 - School of Law Again Ranked 22 among Best Law Schools Nationally
Washington and Lee University's School of Law is ranked the 22nd best legal program in the country among the 180 ABA-accredited law schools, according to new rankings released Friday (March 31) by U.S. News and World Report.
4/2/2006 - W&L Law School's Scholar-in-Residence to Give Public Lecture
Jeremy Sarkin, Washington and Lee University School of Law's Scholar-in-Residence, will give a public lecture on Wednesday, April 5, at 12:30 p.m. in Classroom D of Lewis Hall.
3/29/2006 - W&L Law Professor Offers Testimony on Death Penalty Reform before House Judiciary Subcommittee
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor David Bruck testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday, March 30. The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on the "Death Penalty Reform Act of 2006".
3/27/2006 - Law Review Editorial Board, Moot Court Executive Board Announce Selection of New Members
The Editorial Board of the Washington and Lee Law Review and the Moot Court Executive Board have announced new membership for 2006-2007.
3/16/2006 - School of Law's Mark Drumbl Comments on Milosevic's Death in Richmond Times-Dispatch
'Deep Emptiness': Milosevic's Easy Death Denies Justice to His Victims
3/2/2006 - Law Center Symposium: Understanding Corporate Law Through History
Over the last five years, companies such as Enron,WorldCom and Tyco corporations have pushed the limits of corporate responsibility with questionable accounting practices and outrageous executive compensation packages, leaving shareholders scratching their heads and wallets. Can examining corporate law through a historical perspective shed new light on some of the current controversies?
3/2/2006 - “I Was Certain, But I Was Wrong.” Speakers to Address Eyewitness Testimony and Wrongful Conviction
In July 1984, police investigated two rapes in the Burlington, NC area. After one of the victims identified him, both by photo and in a lineup, Ronald Cotton was prosecuted and convicted of one of the rapes in 1985. On retrial two years later, a jury convicted him of both rapes. He was innocent of both crimes.
2/27/2006 - Washington and Lee Law Students Win Regional Negotiation Competition
For the second straight year, Washington and Lee School of Law is a national finalist in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.
2/17/2006 - School of Law Raises $1,000,000 for Moot Court Room Renovation
Thanks to the generosity of its alumni, the School of Law has raised sufficient funds for the Moot Court Room renovation to proceed this year, beginning in May and scheduled for completion in October 2006.
2/16/2006 - Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice to Hold Symposium on Immigration Rights
The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice presents it annual symposium, "Are you a Terrorist or an American?: An Analysis of Immigration Law & Policy Post 9/11" on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m., in the W&L School of Law Moot Courtroom.
2/13/2006 - School of Law Professor’s Scholarship at Center of Walt Disney Lawsuit
The scholarship of Professor Lyman Johnson, the Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has emerged as central to the most important corporate law case in America in many years.
1/30/2006 - W&L Law Professor Melissa Waters Interviewed On Strengthening Iraq's Legal System
W&L Assistant Professor of Law Melissa Waters has been to Iraq five times in the past eighteen months on an exciting and important mission with several other American attorneys.
1/20/2006 - School of Law to Sponsor Group Admission to the United States Supreme Court
Again this year, the Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to sponsor a group admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court for law alumni.
1/12/2006 - The School of Law Welcomes Visiting Faculty Members for Spring 2006
The School of Law is pleased to welcome five visiting faculty members this semester. Jeffrey Lubbers, Bruce Boyden, and Chistopher Whelan are all returning for another semester, having served previously as visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, and scholar-in-residence, respectively.
New to the School of Law are Jeremy Sarkin, who will serve as Lewis Law Center Scholar-in-Residence, and Jose Marcos Domingues-de-Oliviera, who will serve as visiting professor of law.
1/6/2006 - Law Alumnus Named Executive Director of Alumni Affairs at Washington and Lee University
Waller Dudley, a partner in the prestigious Virginia law firm of McGuire Woods and a trustee of the University, has been named Executive Director of Alumni Affairs at Washington and Lee University.
12/19/2005 - Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse Launches New Web Site
The Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has launched a new web site offering materials and resources for capital case defense attorneys.
11/23/2005 - Sarah Floyd 2L Wins 2005 Mock Trial
On Friday, November 11th the Moot Court Executive Board hosted the final round of the Annual Mock Trial Competition. Sarah Floyd, 2L, won the competition and Tamara Graham, 3L, was the first runner-up.
11/14/2005 - W&L Mourns the Loss of Professor Roger Groot
Roger D. Groot, longtime faculty member and Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law, passed away Nov. 12 of natural causes. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and three children.
11/8/2005 - Students Raise $15,000 for Lexington Free Clinic at 2005 PAD Charity Auction
In what auction organizers are calling a “huge success,” participants in this year's Phi Alpha Delta Charity auction helped raised $15,000 in only two hours, doubling the amount raised by the 2004 auction.
11/3/2005 - Exhibit to Showcase Work, Life, of Coal Miner, Artist and Advocate Mike South
Mike South was a coal miner. He was an Black Lung activist. He was an artist. The unique vision his extraordinary life produced will be on display in the upcoming exhibit, "Paintings and Drawings of Mike South" at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
11/2/2005 - Phi Alpha Delta Sponsors Annual Charity Auction
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) will sponsor its annual charity auction this Friday, November 4 at 5:30 pm in the Moot Court Room at the School of Law.
10/17/2005 - Strong Showing for Second Years at Moot Court Competition; O’Brien and Dubus Win Top Awards
Second year law student William O’Brien received the Best Oralist award at this year’s Davis Moot Court competition. The Best Brief award went Joanna Dubus, also a second year law student.
10/3/2005 - Warner Appoints Roger Groot to State Forensic Science Board
Roger D. Groot, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to the newly formed Forensic Science Board.
9/27/2005 - First Man Released From Death Row by DNA Testing to Speak at the School of Law
Kirk Bloodsworth, the first man freed from death row by post-conviction DNA testing will speak at the School of Law on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom B. Bloodsworth will be followed by Donald Salzman, from the Skadden Arps law firm in Washington, D.C. Salzman coordinates the pro bono practice of the firm’s Washington lawyers and represents pro bono clients.
9/27/2005 - Law Admissions Begins Recruitment Season
As another busy recruitment season gets underway for the School of Law, Director of Admissions Andrea Hilton Howe and Assistant Director Sarah Nichols began an extensive travel schedule this week that will take them to colleges and law school forums across the country.
9/19/2005 - Sullivan to Deliver Tucker Lecture
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Senior Fellow, Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will deliver the 57th John Randolph Tucker Lecture on Friday, September 23 at 12:10 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall. The title of Sullivan’s lecture is “Comparing Religions, Legally.”
9/12/2005 - W&L Welcomes Director of Law School Relations
The School of Law is pleased to announce that effective September 12, Paul Gardner has joined the School of Law as Director of Law School Relations. Gardner comes to the law school from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry where he served as Director of Development and Executive Director of the Dental Foundation of North Carolina.
9/2/2005 - School of Law to Enroll Up to 15 Students from Tulane and Loyola Law Schools
The School of Law has extended visiting-student status to displaced Tulane and Loyola law students for the fall semester.
8/29/2005 - Center for Law and History Announces Fall Events
The School of Law at Washington and Lee University announces the fall schedule of events for the W&L Center for Law and History, a cross-disciplinary initiative now in its third year.
8/22/2005 - School of Law Welcomes the Class of 2008
On Monday, August 15, the Washington and Lee School of Law enrolled 136 students in the J.D. Class of 2008. This new entering class brings both extraordinary credentials and a wide variety of experiences to Washington and Lee.
8/17/2005 - Brian Murchison Appointed To Head Presidential Search Committee
Brian C. Murchison, Washington and Lee University's Charles S. Rowe Professor of Law, has been appointed by the Board of Trustees to head the University's search for a new president. Former President Thomas G. Burish left the University on August 15th to become provost of Notre Dame University.
7/29/2005 - W&L Law Review Names New Staff Writers
Twenty-four students at Washington and Lee University's School of Law have been named staff writers for the Law Review, completing the staff for the upcoming year's edition, Volume 63. They join an editorial board comprised of 15 third-year students, including Editor in Chief R. Matthew Pearson and Executive Editor E. Kyle McNew.
7/21/2005 - W&L Law Faculty Honored at Virginia State Bar Awards
The Virginia State Bar Association honored two Washington and Lee University School of Law faculty members with prestigious awards at the organization’s annual meeting on June 18.
7/20/2005 - Prof. Roger Groot Receives VBA Pro Bono Publico Award
Professor Roger D. Groot of the Washington and Lee University School of Law received the Pro Bono Publico Award of The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) on Friday, July 15, during the VBA’s 115th Summer Meeting.
7/15/2005 - Chris Bullard, 06L, Selected as National ABA Liaison in Intellectual Property Law
Chris Bullard, 06L, has been selected to serve as national liaison in intellectual property law for the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
5/15/2005 - Washington and Lee Announces Law School Appointments
Blake Morant, Margaret Howard, Darryl Brown, and Dorothy Brown To Assume New Positions
Lexington, VA • May 13, 2005 — Following the May meeting of the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees, Dean David Partlett announced a number of new Law School appointments.
5/9/2005 - With Fulbright to Ukraine, W&L Law Student Will Build Future While Connecting With Past
Aleksander Mehrle, Washington and Lee School of Law '05, has won a Fulbright award for a year of study at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. Mehrle's path to the highly prestigious award has been dotted by the emergence of unforeseen career interests, clouded by potential political complications, and paved with a deep personal connection to his proposed place of study.
4/18/2005 - W&L Mourns the Loss of Former Professor Maureen Cavanaugh
Former Washington and Lee University Professor of Law Maureen Cavanaugh has passed away. Cavanaugh, who left W&L last year for a position at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State, was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease for which there is no cure in the fall of 2004.
4/12/2005 - W&L Law Student Wins Third Place in Nonsmokers' Rights Legal Research and Writing Competition
Brad Sidle, a third-year student, participated in a legal writing competition sponsored by the National Center for Nonsmokers' Rights and Professor John Banzahf of George Washington University Law School. Sidle's paper, pertaining with an "on and off work smoking ban for federal employees", brought him third place and $1000. The winners were announced in Washington,DC on April 8-10 at The Second World Conference on Nonsmokers' Rights.
3/31/2005 - Former Ambassador and Attorney to Address First Amendment Issues in White House Leak Case
Lexington, VA • April 8, 2005 — Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his attorney Christopher Wolf '80L will speak on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the University Commons Theater on the campus of Washington and Lee University. from Time and the New York Times are facing a serious threat of jail time for refusing to tell a federal grand jury who it was in the Bush Administration who identified Ms. Plame as an undercover agent. The case thus presents difficult and important First Amendment questions.
3/25/2005 - W&L Law Professor and Student Honored by Bankruptcy Association
Washington and Lee University Professor of Law Margaret Howard and third year law student Aaron McCollough were honored at the spring meeting of the American College of Bankruptcy, the premiere organization for scholars, practitioners and judges in that field, on Friday, March 18, in Washington, D.C.
3/4/2005 - W&L Law Students Clinch Regional Mediation Competition Victory
Tim McKeen and Chris Bullard, both second-year students at Washington and Lee University's School of Law, have won first place in the 2005 American Bar Association (ABA) Regional Mediation Competition held at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va., on Feb. 26-27.
2/16/2005 - The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, W&L School of Law Commencement Speaker
This year's speaker for the Law School Commencement is The Honorable Roger L. Gregory
, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1/26/2005 - W&L Alumnus Elected Appeals Court Justice
Judge James W. Haley Jr., a 1964 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been elected to the Virginia Court of Appeals.
For the last 15 years Haley has been a judge in the Stafford County circuit court. Previous to that he served as the commonwealth attorney and then district court judge of King George County.
Haley, supported by Republicans House Speaker Bill Howell and Senator John Chichester, was elected over Democrat-backed Terrence Ney in a 76 – 18 House vote.
1/20/2005 - Spring Semester Visiting Professors
The Law School is proud to host the following visiting professor for the Spring Semester:
1/12/2005 - Law Alumnus To Become President-Elect of Florida Bar
Jacksonville attorney Henry M. "Hank" Coxe III has become president-elect designate of the Florida Bar. Coxe will be sworn in at the association's annual meeting in Orlando in June, and will assume the presidency in June 2006.
1/12/2005 - Law Alumnus Named to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Richmond attorney Ashley L. Taylor has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President George W. Bush. A partner in the firm of Troutman Sanders LLP, Taylor served as the Deputy Attorney General for Virginia from 1998-2001.
1/11/2005 - W&L Student Organizations Collect Donations to Aid Tsunami Relief Efforts
12/8/2004 - Professors Gallanis and Howard Elected to American Law Institute
Washington and Lee University law professors Thomas Gallanis and Margaret Howard have been elected to membership in the American Law Institute.
The American Law Institute (ALI) cites its exclusive purpose as "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work."
12/8/2004 - W&L Law Shows 200 Percent Increase in Black Student Enrollment
A recent article in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education points to a nationwide trend toward increased enrollment of black students in the nation's accredited law schools. Washington and Lee's School of Law is cited as notable among them, with a 200 percent increase in the past five years. The student body at W&L Law is now 10.8 percent black, up from 3.8 percent in 1999.
"Minority representation in our law class is of vital importance to W&L," said David Partlett, dean of the School of Law. "We recognize that a law class functions best when different views are canvassed. Moreover, a professional must have a broad appreciation of the world that he or she is to practice in. it is for this reason that we have expanded the numbers of international students in addition to our continuing efforts to recruit persons of color and those with diverse views."
11/29/2004 - W&L Law Professor Wins Prestigious Writing Award
Mark Drumbl, associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University, has won the Association of American Law Schools' 2004 Scholarly Papers Competition for his paper "Collective Violence and Individual Punishment: The Criminality of Mass Atrocity."
11/17/2004 - W&L Law Library Ranked 13th in Nation By National Jurist Magazine
The library at Washington and Lee University's School of Law is ranked 13th out of nearly 200 law libraries reviewed by National Jurist magazine.
11/15/2004 - W&L Wins First Place at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition
Congratulations to Jonathan Robbins, Chris Wynn, Tim McKeen, and Chris Bullard for competing at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this weekend. Both teams put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the competition and their impressive performances reflected their dedication. As well, the team of Jonathan Robbins and Chris Wynn have brought glory to W&L by winning FIRST PLACE at the competition and they will represent W&L at the ABA National Negotiation Competition in the spring.
11/5/2004 - J. Scott Fechnay Named to Washington and Lee Board of Trustees
J. Scott Fechnay, Class of '69, has been elected to the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees. He graduated from Washington and Lee with a BA in history. He also earned a MA from Pepperdine University and a MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
10/27/2004 - Four W&L Law Students Honored at Annual Moot Court Competition
Four Washington and Lee University law students were honored for their performances during the final round of the 25th Annual John W. Davis Moot Court competition at W&L's School of Law.
10/19/2004 - International Affairs Writer to Speak on "Global Security in 2010"
Journalist and author Robert Kaplan, who has been called "one of the most influential commentators on the new world order," will give a public lecture on "Global Security in 2010" at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
10/19/2004 - 22 October: Legal History Lecture
Friday, October 22, 2004 at noon in the Law School Moot Courtroom, Charles Donahue Jr., Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, Harvard University and President-Elect, American Society for Legal History will deliver a lecture on 'Why Legal History?'. The lecture is free and open to the public.
10/19/2004 - Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia to Speak
The Honorable Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia and former partner at McGuire Woods will give a public lecture on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 4:00 PM in the Moot Court Room. His topic is "The Importance of Ethics and Professionalism: Lessons from the Legacy of Lewis F. Powell, Jr."
9/22/2004 - Grey to Host National Symposium on the American Jury System at W&L
American Bar Association President Robert Grey will host a National Symposium on the American Jury System on Oct. 14-15, 2004, at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va.
9/17/2004 - W&L Law Names New Directors of Admissions, Career Services
Washington and Lee University's School of Law has announced the appointment of Andrea Hilton Howe as director of admissions. A 1985 graduate of W&L Law, Hilton Howe has been the school's associate director of career services since 2000.
Hilton Howe will oversee an admissions office that last year was responsible for a 67% increase in the number of applications to W&L's School of Law, resulting in one of the most academically competitive classes in the school's history. The Class of 2007 has an average undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and an average LSAT of 166.
9/15/2004 - Spencer Overton to Speak on the Voting Rights Act
Professor Spencer Overton, Professor of Law at The George Washington University and former Washington and Lee University School of Law Presenter will speak on the Voting Rights Act at 5:00 PM in Classroom A on September 30, 2004. Professor Overton's scholarly interests include property, campaign finance, voting rights, and race.
9/14/2004 - W&L Alumnus to Join Federal Court Bench in Norfolk on Sept. 17
Norfolk attorney and Washington and Lee University alumnus Walter DeKalb Kelley Jr. will be invested on Sept. 17 on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Kelley, who earned bachelor and law degrees from W&L in 1977 and 1981, will replace Judge Henry Morgan, who announced last year that he would be taking senior status on the court. Morgan also is a W&L alumnus from the classes of 1957 and 1960 law.
9/10/2004 - W&L Race and Ethic Ancestry Law Journal Announces Staff Writers
The Editorial Board of the Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal is pleased to announce the selection of the Staff Writers for 2004-2005.
Yanessa L. Barnard, Jillian L. DiLaura, Dannel C. Duddy, Georgianaa E. Gaines, Wellington Gu, Michael B. Lestino, Johnny J. Lo, Taeho D. Lim and Seth A. Steed.
9/10/2004 - Moot Court Negotiation Competition Completes Semi-Final Round
The Moot Court Board wishes to thank everyone who competed in the semi-final round of the Annual Negotiation Competition. Teams advancing to the final round of competition are Shawn Bone & Jared Hembree, Chris Bullard & Tim McKeen, Lauren Hoelzer & Brant Kuehn, Greer Smith & Gabrielle Butcher,
Brett Twitty & Chris Brumback and Chris Wynn & Jonathan Robbins.
9/7/2004 - Commonwealth Secretary of Education to Speak
Belle Wheelan, Commonwealth of Virginia's Secretary of Education, will speak to Professor Blake Morant's Law and Education Class on Thursday, September 16, 2004 in the Moot Court Room begining at 9:00 AM. The event is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Secretary Wheelan, former President of Northern Virginia Community College, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University with a double major in psychology and sociology. While at Trinity, she distinguished herself as an Academic Scholar. She was the first African-American at Trinity to be named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. In 2002, the University awarded Dr. Wheelan with the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
More about Secretary Wheelan and her biography may be found on the Department of Education website
9/1/2004 - School of Law Names New Faculty Members
The Washington and Lee University School of Law has appointed five new faculty members for the 2004-05 academic year. The appointments include David I. Bruck as clinical professor of law and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse; Montre Carodine and Melissa Waters as assistant professors of law; and Peter Kostant and Sean Donahue as visiting faculty.
8/27/2004 - W & L Law Professor to Serve as US Delegate to the International Association of Criminal Law Congress
Law Professor Mark Drumbl will travel to Beijing China to serve as a United States delegate to the International Association of Criminal Law Congress. The Congress, held every five years, will take place from September 13 to 19, 2004. In the past, resolutions adopted at the Congress have led to multilateral treaties and topics this year will include the place of minors in international criminal law, international economic crimes including corruption, and the relationship between national courts and international courts in the prosecution of war crimes.
Drumbl received his BA from McGill University and his MA from Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris/McGill University. He then graduated summa cum laude with a J.D. from the University of Toronto and received his J.S.D. from Columbia University. Drumbl has also served on the University of Toronto Law Review and the Columbia Journal of Transitional Law. He has clerked for Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada and served as a litigator and counsel for various firms. Drumbl began teaching Washington and Lee in 2002 and currently sits as the Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow while teaching International Law; International Organizations; Mass Violence and Human Rights; Global Environmental Governance and Contracts.
8/9/2004 - W&L Law School Alumna Receives One of ABA's Highest Honors
Washington and Lee University law alumna Linda A. Klein has been awarded one of the American Bar Association's highest honors for achieving professional excellence and paving the way for other women lawyers' success.
An Atlanta attorney and 1983 W&L School of Law graduate, Klein received the ABA's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award at a luncheon during the organization's annual meeting in Atlanta on Sunday (Aug. 8).
8/4/2004 - W&L Law Adjunct Professor Elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Lawrence H. Hoover, Jr., Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, has been elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
The American Bar Foundation is the preeminent research center for the empirical study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes in society. The Fellows is an honorary organization of practicing attorneys, judges, and law teachers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Established in 1955, the organization of The Fellows encourages and supports the research program of the American Bar Association.
Since 1985, Professor Hoover, of the firm Hoover Penrod, PLC in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has taught Negotiation and Mediation.
8/2/2004 - W&L Law Review Names New Staff Writers
Twenty-four students at Washington and Lee University's School of Law have been named staff writers for the Law Review, completing the staff for the upcoming year's edition, Volume 62. They join an editorial board comprised of 14 third-year students, including Editor in Chief Jennifer R. Belcher and Executive Editor M. Todd Carroll.
The second-year students were chosen from a pool of about 60 candidates—more than half of the Class of 2006—following a rigorous competition and selection process.
7/30/2004 - W&L Law Professor to Deliver Keynote Address at SOLINET Meeting
Law Professor and Law Librarian Sally Wiant will deliver the keynote address at the August 2, 2004 meeting of the SOLINET Virginia Users Meeting. Professor Wiant's address will focus on the U.S. Patriot Act.
SOLINET is The Southeastern Library Network, a membership network of libraries and other information organizations, that works to provide leadership for cooperative action, improve access to information, and enable members to effectively address the region's needs for education, economic development, and improved quality of life.
At Washington & Lee, Professor Wiant teaches courses on copyrights and patents as well as trademarks and unfair trade practices. Prior to coming to Washington & Lee to pursue her J.D., Professor Wiant received her B.A. from Western State College and her M.L.S. from the University of North Texas. Professor Wiant has served as Assistant Librarian for Circulation at Texas Tech University and as Assistant Librarian at Washington and Lee University, before becoming Law Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law.
7/29/2004 - W&L Law Professor's Work Cited in Conn. Supreme Court Ruling
The Connecticut Supreme Court, in its ruling this week in a free speech-private property case, cited a successful legal approach put forth by Professor Ronald Krotoszynski Jr. of Washington and Lee University's School of Law.
The case, United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 919, AFL-CIO v. Crystal Mall Associates, L.P., involved the union's use of the mall's common areas to distribute literature and talk with the public about employee rights under state and federal laws.
7/12/2004 - W&L Law School's Legal Clinic Prevails in 4th Circuit Court Case
Three days before her May graduation from Washington and Lee University's School of Law, Shellie Lynne Sewell presented oral arguments in a black lung case before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sewell, of Randallstown, Md., recently was notified that her arguments on behalf of Jimmy Lucas, a longtime coal miner who was denied black lung benefits shortly after his retirement, were successful.
7/1/2004 - Former W&L Law School Dean Penned Brief in Detention Cases
Barry Sullivan, former dean of Washington and Lee University's School of Law, wrote an amicus brief in the Hamdi v. Rumsfeld case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that U.S. citizen Yaser Esam Hamdi has the right to challenge his detention in a Naval brig in court.
7/1/2004 - Law Professor to Foster Programs Focused on Global Environmental Policy, Economics and Law
During July, University President Thomas Burish will be accompanied by Law Professor Mark Drumbl and Undergraduate Professor Jim Kahn during a two-week visit to the Universidade Federal do Amazonas and the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense to develop Washington and Lee's exchange programs. These programs are to focus on global environmental policy, economics, and law. During the summer of 2003 Drumbl and Kahn
co-facilititated a course entitled Global Environmental Governance at the Universidade Federal do Amazona, which focused on the legal and economic regimes responsive to problems such as climate change and biodiversity.
Drumbl, the Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow, has taught at Washington and Lee since 2002. His main course focuses are International Law, International Organizations, Mass Violence and Human Rights, Global Environmental Governance, and Contracts.
6/30/2004 - Former W&L Law School Dean Penned Influential Brief in Guantanamo Bay Case
Barry Sullivan, former dean of Washington and Lee University's School of Law, wrote one of the amicus briefs in the Hamdi v. Rumsfeld case in which the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that foreign nationals being held at Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in court.
6/28/2004 - W&L Law Alumnus to Head American Bar Association
Robert J. Grey Jr., a 1976 alumnus of Washington and Lee University's School of Law and a highly regarded Richmond attorney, will become the 128th president of the American Bar Association (ABA) on August 9, 2004 at the association's annual meeting in Atlanta.
Grey will serve a one-year term at the helm of the ABA, which, with 410,000 members, is the largest voluntary professional group in the world representing practicing and academic attorneys nationwide.
6/24/2004 - Center for Law and History Finalizes Speaker Schedule for 2004-05
The mission of the Washington and Lee Center for Law and History is to encourage and support the interdisciplinary study of law in its historical context. It aims to achieve that mission by bringing together scholars from W&L and throughout the world to promote research and teaching in all areas and periods of legal history.
The 2004-05 academic year will again bring prominent and exciting speakers to campus. Complete information on this year's speakers may be found on the Center's events/a> website and more detailed information on the Center for Law and History may be found on the Center's homepage/a>.
6/24/2004 - Center for Law and History Announces 2004-05 Schedule
The mission of the Washington and Lee Center for Law and History is to encourage and support the interdisciplinary study of law in its historical context. It aims to achieve that mission by bringing together scholars from W&L and throughout the world to promote research and teaching in all areas and periods of legal history.
The 2004-05 academic year will again bring prominent and exciting speakers to campus. Complete information on this year's speakers may be found on the Center's website
and detailed information on the Center for Law and History may be found on the Center's homepage
6/18/2004 - W&L Law Alumnus Receives Prestigious Ethics Award
Washington and Lee University law alumnus Kenneth Wernick has been awarded the 2004 Distinguished Service Award by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE).
6/8/2004 - Associate Dean of Administration and Technology to Present at CALI
John Keyser, Associate Dean of Administration and Technology will present at CALI, the Computer Assisted Legal Instruction Conference, in Seattle on June 19th. Keyser will present his paper with Gary Banks, Assistant Dean for Technology at the University of Virginia.
Keyser's presentation, "Exploring the “it” in IT" will focus on how as technology has become more pervasive in academia, IT personnel have been asked to do almost everything at one time or another. In addition to traditional IT roles, IT is often asked to assist with project management, facilities management, communications, HR and a host of other tasks. As support needs have escalated, often without a corresponding increasing in staff or budget, the strain on dedicated and talented IT staff has increased. Many individuals and departments have been forced to re-evaluate their institutional roles. This talk will explore the role of IT and IT administration in our institutions. Keyser and Banks will attempt to explore the "it" IT should be doing and what we should expect and demand from our constituents and administrations.
6/1/2004 - Law Professor to Serve as Panelist on United Nations Law-Making and Standard Setting
Washington and Lee University School of Law Professor and former Dean, Rick Kirgis, will serve as a panelist for a session on United Nations Law-Making and Standard Setting, as part of the larger program Global Issues Facing the United Nations on June 7 - 18, 2004 at the Columbia University Law School.
The program is co-sponsored by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and by the Columbia University Law School. Kirgis' topic is "Law-Making by Four Specialized Agencies of the United Nations: the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Labor Organization and the World Health Organization."
Kirgis, the Law Alumni Association Professor of Law, earned his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from University of California (Berkeley) graduating Order of the Coif. At UC-Berkeley he served as Assistant Notes and Comments Editor for the California Law Review. He was admitted to practice in Colorado and Virginia and served as judge advocate, U.S. Air Force, 1961-64. He then went on to work for Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. before entering academia. He has taught at the University of Colorado, U.C.L.A., the University of Michigan, Cornell, the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, and Hastings. At Washington and Lee he has served as Director of the Lewis Law Center, Dean and Professor. He teaches Contracts, International Law, Conflict of Laws, and Foreign Relations Law.
5/31/2004 - Director of Law Technology Services to Present at Conference
Dirk van Assendelft, Director of Technology Services, will present software he has developed to monitor public computers and report on public computer labs usage at the June CICV Users Meeting in Norfolk Virginia. The software, called NT User Tracking System (NUTS), lets the Technology Services staff in the Law School be proactive in identifying and fixing problem computers, and lets the administration track lab usage in order plan for and adjust lab configurations.
The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) is an association of 25 Virginia independent colleges and universities. CICV works to promote the interests of non-profit, independent higher education in Virginia.
5/28/2004 - Law Student Wins Prize in AHLA Essay Contest
Judges for the American Health Lawyers Association's 2003-2004 Student Writing Competition on Corporate Responsibility have awarded Third Prize to James Braswell for his paper entitled, "Sarbanes-Oxley and Non-Profit Health Organizations."
Braswell, a third year law student from Pasadena, MD will receive complimentary registration for AHLA's upcoming annual meeting in New York City (June 27-30, 2004) and a cash award.
"This is a wonderful achievement, I am very proud of him," said Timothy Jost. Jost, a professor of Health Law, Comparative Health Law and Property has taught at Washington and Lee University since 2001.
5/25/2004 - Law Professor Played Host for Radio Conversation
Law professor Brian C. Murchison hosted a radio conversation with the two declared candidates for Lexington/Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney on Tuesday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. on WLUR, the radio station on the campus of Washington and Lee. The station call number is 91.5 FM.
The candidates, H. David Natkin and Robert N. "Bucky" Joyce, Jr., are both alumni of Washington and Lee. Natkin, a 1983 law graduate, has been a trial lawyer, defense attorney, and public defender in a career spanning over twenty years in Lexington and Rockbridge County. Joyce, a 1981 law graduate, has served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for eighteen years. On July 1, he assumes interim duties as Commonwealth’s Attorney when Gordon Saunders, the current official in that position, becomes a judge in the General District Court.
Voters will decide between Joyce and Natkin in a special election in November. The winner will serve out the remaining three years of Saunders’ current term.
"The purpose of the show was to heighten public awareness of this election and the candidates," said Professor Murchison. A member of the law faculty since 1982, Murchison is the Charles S. Rowe Professor and teaches mass media law, torts, and administrative law.
5/25/2004 - Law Staff to be Honored
The 14th Annual University Recognition Banquet will be held on June 4th to recognize colleagues who have attained various employment milestones, and to honor individuals who will be retiring at the end of the academic year. This year the Washington and Lee University School of Law will honor six staff members.
Jean M. Eisenhauer and Linda S. Newell will be honored for Thirty Years of Service and Thomas A. Williams will be honored for Twenty-Five Years of Service. Daniel C. Coffey, Catherine H. Falls and Carole M. Shorter will be recognized for Twenty Years of Service and Carol J. Kirby will be recognized for Fifteen Years of Service.
The Law Community would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank these individuals for their hard work and dedicated service.
5/25/2004 - Professor Continues Work on Master's of Theological Studies
Professor Ann Massie has switched hats for the summer and has taken the role of student. Massie is spending the summer taking a course at Candler Divinity School at Emory University in her continuing fulfillment of the requirements for a Master's in Theological Studies. Massie expects to complete the degree in the Spring Semester of 2005.
“It represents my long-time interest in law and religion--I have taught seminars on that subject in the past, and last year co-taught a Seminar in the Law School in American Religion and American Law with Winston Davis, from the Undergraduate Religion Department,” said Massie.
Massie received her B.A. from Duke University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to receive her M.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Virginia graduating Order of the Coif and as a member of the Virginia Law Review. Massie has served as an Editorial Assistant for Yale University Press, and as an attorney for various practices and the Federal Trade Commission. She has also clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson and served as a Washington and Lee University School of Law professor since 1985.
In addition to her recent Law and Religion class, Massie also teaches Constitutional Law; Constitutional Law Seminar; Health Law and Law & Medicine.
5/24/2004 - Law Professor in TV Film on Brown v. Board
Washington and Lee University Law Professor Doug Rendleman has taken to the screen, playing a leading attorney in "The Turning Point: Brown v. Board of Education."
The television documentary, recently produced in Virginia by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, is a dramatization of the argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and its landmark decision against racial segregation in the nation's public schools.
The film, honoring this year's 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board ruling, will premiere in downtown Richmond on Sunday, May 16, at 6 p.m. in the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at 600 E.Grace St.
Rendleman, a widely published author and expert on injunctions, remedies and contempt issues, was cast in the film as John W. Davis, a W&L alumnus, former U.S. presidential candidate and the attorney who represented the state of South Carolina in Brown v. Board.
"It was a totally new experience," said Rendleman, W&L's Robert E.R. Huntley Professor of Law and a former director of the W&L School of Law's Frances Lewis Law Center. "I earn my living standing up and talking to groups – but video cameras are different."
5/22/2004 - Dean David Partlett to Present Paper at AALS Conference
Dean David Partlett will present his paper, "Distance Learning: Loosening the Ties that Bind," at the Association of American Law Schools Conference on Educating Lawyers for Transnational Challenges.
This conference will bring together 150 legal educators, representing over 50 countries and all of the world’s major legal systems. It is designed not only to bring about a dialogue concerning the education of graduates for a transnational law practice, but also to consider formulating a possible curriculum outline for a law school that seeks to educate its graduates for such a practice. It is also expected that this conference will lead to the establishment of an International Association of Law Schools to facilitate cooperation among the world’s law schools, including the development of partnerships between law schools with significant resources and those that have significant resource needs. The Association is expected to develop information exchange programs and a series of programs to help advance the curricular objectives, and a better understanding of different legal systems and cultures.
5/13/2004 - Law School to Host Spring Meeting of Virginia Association of Law Librarian
On Friday, May 14, 2004 law librarians from across the Commonwealth will meet in Lewis Hall for their Annual Spring Meeting. The program, The case of the Eccentric Ex-Prodigy, is a look back at the celebrated privacy case involving the New Yorker magazine and a look forward to the U. S. supreme Court's possible direction in invasion of privacy cases. The session will update the theory of privacy by bringing in Bartinicki v. Vopper, 532 U.S. 514(2001), a case involving the intercepted cell phone conversation and will discuss a cause of action for the invasion of privacy.
5/7/2004 - U.S. Circuit Court Judge to Address Law School Graduates
Over 125 men and women will process down the historic Front Lawn to Lee Chapel for Washington and Lee University's School of Law commencement exercises on Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m.
Addressing the graduates is the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on which he continues to serve.
Detialed information on the events and speaker can be found at this website
4/28/2004 - 3L Awarded the Oliver White Hill Student Pro Bono Award
Mark Kennedy, a third-year law student, has won the Oliver White Hill Student Pro Bono Award. The Hill Award is given by the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, and "recognizes extraordinary achievements of outstanding students in the pro bono arena." Kennedy will be presented with the award at the Fourteenth Annual Pro Bono Conference, on May 13, 2004.
During Kennedy's first summer in law school, he worked for the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project. Kennedy also worked for a public interest firm in New York City and at Washington and Lee he volunteers for many projects, including serving as the University's National Lawyers Guild Chapter President, raising money for AIDS awareness and working with recycling efforts. He has also organized a new campus initiative, "Men of Action," to raise awareness about violence against women.
In Kennedy's nomination letter, the Elizabeth Peck, Director of Career Services, noted that "Only when I pressed did he really let me know just how much work he has done. In a crowded room he is not the first person you spot; he's the guy who is quietly getting the work done while others talk. To honor someone who seeks to do good because it is the right thing to do, rather than because he may be later recognized, seems, to me, the best use of your award."
4/28/2004 - Law Student to Speak
Ahmed Younis, Washington and Lee Law Class of 2004 and author of the
book "American Muslims: Voir Dire: Speak the Truth" will speak on "Hate, Ignorance and Mass Violence: a Colorblind Story of Pride and Hysteria." Thursday 29 April, at 7:00pm in the Commons Theatre.
4/7/2004 - Two Law Students Selected for Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
Stephen Brownback and Jared Hembree have been selected to serve on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (HJLPP) 2003 National Symposium Editorial Board. Brownback and Hembree will serve as Editors of this year's symposium issue (Vol. 28, No. 1). The symposium edition will
contain articles presented at the 23rd Annual Federalist Society Student
Symposium, which took place on February 20th and 21st, 2004 at the
Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. The topic of
the symposium was "Private Law: The New Frontier for Limited
The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, published thrice annually,
is the most widely circulated student law review in the country and the
nation's leading forum for conservative and libertarian legal
scholarship. The late Stephen Eberhard and former Senator and now
Secretary of Energy E. Spencer Abraham founded the HJLPP twenty-seven
years ago, and many journal alumni have risen to prominent legal
positions in the government and at the nation's top law firms.
The Journal's Board of Advisors includes two U.S. Senators, four U.S.
Court of Appeals Judges, and leading conservative and libertarian
scholars. Recent authors include Viet Dinh, John Yoo, Eugene Scalia,
and Judge Guido Calabresi. In the past, the HJLPP has published pieces
by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice
This is the second consecutive year that Washington & Lee law students
have served on the HJLPP Symposium Editorial Board. In 2003, Ryan Berry and Jim Coleman served as Executive Editor and Editor, respectively.
4/2/2004 - Congressman Bob Goodlatte to Deliver Second Annual Powell Lecture
U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, from the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia, will deliver the 2nd Annual Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture on April 14, 2004 at 12:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall.
In 2002, the students of Washington and Lee University’s law school founded the Powell Lecture Series in honor of former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Justice Powell graduated from Washington and Lee in 1929 and from its law school in 1931, and he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972. The students created the lecture series with the aim of bringing preeminent legal scholars, public servants, and practitioners to campus annually to deliver a public lecture. Among the various lectures that occur annually in the law school, the Powell Lecture is unique in that it is entirely student managed. The students decide who to invite, organize and publicize the lecture, and fund the lecture through student activity fees.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who has represented the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia continuously since 1993, will be this year’s presenter. The Congressman is the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Homeland Security. His subcommittee assignments include the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and the Cybersecurity, Science, and Research & Development Subcommittee. Congressman Goodlatte graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree in Government from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Immediately following the address, the Washington and Lee Federalist Society will be hosting a reception on the Law School Patio honoring Congressman Goodlatte.
4/1/2004 - Commencement Schedule Finalized
The 2004 Commencement Schedule has been finalized and a listing of events may be found on the commencement website
4/1/2004 - Law School Cookbook Available
The Epicurean Society's 2003-2004 Cookbook has arrived. Cookbooks can be purhcased for $5.00. Recipes this year include Gourmet Potatoes, Shrimp & Grits and many others. Special contributors include Professors Joan Shaughnessy and Brad Wendel. To purchase a cookbook, e-mail Meghan Smith at email@example.com.
3/26/2004 - Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court to Speak at W&L
Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court William K. Suter will speak at the Washington and Lee University School of Law on Wednesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. His talk, "Today's Supreme Court," will be followed by a question and answer session and a reception in the Moot Court Lobby.
3/4/2004 - Law School to Host American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team
This year the School of Law will host an American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team. The 16 hour relay will take place on May 14 and 15, 2004.
Members of the Law School community will be taking turns walking to show their support of cancer survivors as well as honor those that have been lost. The current Relay for Life team is seeking donations to sponsor their walk. Sponsors may also choose to purchase luminaries, used to line the walk area, in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of victims.
Anyone interested in joining or supporting the Law School Relay for Life team may contact Sarah Nichols, Assistant Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/1/2004 - Islamic Law Expert to Speak at Washington and Lee
Washington and Lee University's School of Law and departments of sociology and anthropology will co-sponsor a public lecture by Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini on "Islamic Law & Feminism: The Story of a Relationship" on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 345 of W&L's Elrod Commons.
3/1/2004 - Law Center Announces Critical Race Theory as March 19 Symposium Topic
Critical Race Theory is well recognized for its contributions to civil rights. It is less well known, however, for its contributions in the business area.
Join us on Friday, March 19, 2004, to participate in a thought-provoking symposium that will consider the implications of Critical Race Theory in the areas of tax, corportate and bankruptcy law and what impact Critical Race Theory will have in the 21st century. A list of speakers and registration information may be found at the Lewis Law Center website
3/1/2004 - Uffelman Named New W&L Law Magazine Editor
Louise Uffelman, a writer in Washington and Lee University's communications and publications office, has been named editor of the School of Law's biannual magazine, effective February 1.
3/1/2004 - Virginia Capital Case Clearing House CLE Symposium
The Virginia Capital Case Clearing House Continuing Legal Education Symposium will be held on April 2, 2004. This year's program focuses on emerging issues in capital defense cases.
Presentations include: Physiological and Psychological Effects of Stun Devices by Dr. Raphael C. Lee, Professor of Medicine at University of Chicago; Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) and Its Effects on Capital Defense Litigation by Lisa Greenman, Esquire; Frontal Lobe Tumors and Their Effect on Behavior by Dr. Russell H. Swerdlow, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Virginia; Ethics in Capital Defense Litigation by Joseph N. Bowman, Esquire; and Issues & Developments in Capital Litigation by Roger D. Groot, Director of Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse and Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University.
Individuals wishing to participate may find additional information on the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse website
3/1/2004 - W&L Law Student One of 10 Americans to Win Prestigious Grant
Lana M. Wright, a third-year student at Washington and Lee University's School of Law, is one of 20 students worldwide to win this year's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grant, which she will use to study church-state relations law in Germany.
3/1/2004 - 2004 Mock Convention Taps Kerry as Democratic Nominee
Every four years, the students of Washington and Lee University hold a Mock Convention for the party out of the White House. The purpose of this event is to correctly predict the nominee for this political party.
On Saturday, student delegates representing all 50 states cast their votes and tapped Senator John Kerry as the Democratic Nominee for the 2004 Presidential race with Senator John Edwards receiving the Vice Presidential Bid.
Billed as the nation’s most accurate mock convention since its inception in 1908, Washington and Lee’s convention cannot claim to be the oldest such exercise; Oberlin College has one that dates back to pre-Civil War days. Nevertheless, for consistent accuracy—and eye-filling opulence—the Mock Convention simply has no peer. With 17 correct predictions in 22 attempts, the convention has been described by Time as the “biggest and boomingest” of all amateur gatherings. Newsweek, not to be outdone, promptly dubbed it, “the most realistic” student conclave. It has been applauded on the floor of the U.S. Senate as an “outstanding practical experiment in politics.”
Only time will tell is Washington and Lee University can add another feather to its cap by having correctly predicted the 2004 nominee, until then we will all be waiting and closely watching.
1/26/2004 - James Carville to Keynote 2004 Mock Convention
Democratic political strategist James Carville will keynote Washington and Lee's 2004 Mock Convention at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.
1/21/2004 - National Democrat Leaders to Address W&L's 2004 Mock Convention
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Florida Rep. Jim Davis, and founder of the Alliance for Democracy Ronnie Dugger have joined the growing list of confirmed speakers for Washington and Lee University's 23rd Mock Convention on Jan. 30-31.
Former Oklahoma Sen. David Boren and Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor also are scheduled to speak.
The nation's most accurate Mock Convention will rev up on Thursday, Jan. 29 with a rousing speech from W&L alumnus Jim Davis, and end Saturday, Jan. 31 with the students' prediction of the Democrat's nominee to take on President George Bush.
"We've been fortunate to secure some well-respected leaders in the Democratic Party to participate with us," said Convention Personnel Chairman Jacquelyn Clark, a W&L senior. "These initial confirmations coupled with our close negotiations with several potential keynote speakers are a huge step towards our success in a couple of weeks."
Founded in 1908, the Washington and Lee Mock Convention is a completely student-run event that predicts the presidential nominee for the party currently out of the White House. After more than two years of planning and months of grassroots research in all 50 states and four U.S. territories, more than 1,600 current W&L students will try to live up to Mock Con's 92 percent accuracy rate. The students have been wrong only once since 1948.
In addition, they will try to replicate the events and political process surrounding the actual Democratic National Convention that will take place in Boston this summer.
To kick off the weekend's events, W&L alumnus and Florida Rep. Jim Davis will address students on Thursday evening, Jan. 29, in Lee Chapel. Davis is a national co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition, a group of moderate House Democrats who promote bipartisan solutions.
The 2004 Mock Convention festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade in downtown Lexington.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will call the Mock Convention to order at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, as he also will do at the actual Democratic Convention in June. Menino has served three terms as Boston's mayor and is the first Italian-American to hold the position. He also is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Friday's session will continue with Oklahoma's former Governor and Senator David Boren. After serving as governor from 1975-1979, Boren spent 15 years in the Senate. He was the longest-serving member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Boren currently serves as the 13th president of the University of Oklahoma.
Ronnie Dugger, co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy and founding editor of the Texas Observer, also will speak on Friday. The Alliance for Democracy is an organization dedicated to end corporate dominance.
Dugger is one of presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's major supporters. In 2002, he attempted to run as the Green Party candidate in the New York senate race, which would have pitted him against Hillary Clinton, but he lost the Green primary.
Friday night's Mock Con events will conclude with Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor. Taylor is known for his conservative Democratic politics and has served as a congressman since 1989. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Saturday's session will begin at 9 a.m., concluding late Saturday, when the state and U.S. territories' delegations cast their votes for who will be the Democrats' nominee to oppose President George W. Bush.
Invited keynote speakers include: Hillary Clinton; Howard Dean; John Edwards; John Kerry; Dick Gephardt; Dennis Kucinich; Carol Mosely Braun; Joseph Lieberman; Gen. Wesley Clark; Harold Ford; Sen. Sam Nunn; Rep. John Lewis; Rep. James Clyburn; Al Sharpton; and Donna Brazile, both of whom spoke at the Mock Convention's Spring Kickoff.
More information and media credentials may be obtained on the Mock Convention website
1/16/2004 - Professor Dorothy Brown Selected as Keynote Speaker
Dorothy Brown, Washington and Lee University School of Law Professor,has been selected to serve as the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Program on Monday, January 19, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the University Commons Theater.
The event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and begin with a birthday celebration dinner at the Marketplace form 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. After dinner, Professor Brown will deliver the keynote presentation. Following the presentation, there will be a processional and vigil march from the University Commons to Evans Hall for a reception. All events are sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, Multicultural Student Organizations and the MLK Planning Committee.
Professor Brown's courses include Administrative Law, Critical Race Theory, Federal Income Tax, and Partnership Tax. More information on Professor Brown and her legal contributions may be found on her faculty profile website
1/14/2004 - Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner and Discussion Planned
The Washington and Lee University School of Law community will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner and Open Discussion on Monday, January 19, 2004 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Faculty Lounge. Following dinner, this year's open discussion topic will be "Is There (or Isn't There) Any Importance in Celebrating Martin Luther King's Birthday at Washington and Lee?" If you wish to attend or have questions, Contact Shayla McGee at email@example.com.
1/14/2004 - Rita Dove to Speak
Rita Dove, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Medal in the Humanitities and former Poet Laureate of the United States will give a public reading from her work in Lee Chapel at 7:30 PM on January 22, 2004. Ms. Dove is currently the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her most recent collection of poems is ON THE BUS WITH ROSA PARKS. Work from her next volume, AMERICAN SMOOTH, will appear in the spring issue of SHENANDOAH, the Washington and Lee University literary magazine. Ms. Dove's reading is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment, the Honor Scholars Program and the Office of the Provost.
1/8/2004 - Founders Day Celebration - Robert Huntley '50, '57L to Speak
Robert E.R. Huntley '50, '57L, former Washington and Lee Law School Dean and Professor of Law, and Washington and Lee President from 1968-1983, will deliver the keynote address for Founders Day and the Institute for Honor. The address is entitled "Honor and Corporate Governance," and follows the theme for this year's Founders Day Celebration. The event will be held in Lee Chapel from 11:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
1/8/2004 - Dr. Larry Richard to Speak
Dr. Larry Richard, a former trial lawyer and a principal with Altman Weil, Inc., specializing in behavioral science consulting, training, and leadership development for the legal profession, will be speaking on Monday, January 12, at 12:30 p.m. in Classroom A. Dr. Richard is an internationally known expert in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a widely used personality test that explains variations in personal style among lawyers and others, as well as several other models of personality and values. His topic is Career Choice and Job Search Style. This presentation is designed to build on the concepts explored in First Year Orientation and in individual Myers-Briggs sessions with members of the Career Services staff.
Dr. Richard consults with large firms and agrees each year to speak at a select number of law schools. We are very fortunate that he is coming to Washington and Lee School of Law. Everyone is invited to attend.
To learn more about Dr. Richard, information may be found on his website
12/12/2003 - Black Lung Clinic Students Represent Clients in Hearings
On Thursday, December 4, 2003, two Black Lung Clinic students, Chris Vrettos, '04L, and Stephanie Dawson, '04L, represented clients in separate Black Lung hearings held in Beckley, WV before Judge Daniel L. Leland. Black Lung, the common name given to Coal Miner's pneumonoconiosis and silicosis, is a job related diseased caused by the inhalation of coal dust and dust containing silica. When this dust enters the lungs, the lungs begin to deteriorate and make breathing difficult. The silica causes scar tissue to form in the lungs, thus reducing the lungs ability to remove oxygen from the air.
Black Lung cases fall into two categories - 'living miner cases' and 'survivor cases.' A living miner case is brought by the miner himself for federal benefits whereas a survivor's case is brought by the widow of a miner. Chris Vrettos represented Eugene Perdue in a living miner's case. Vrettos' case was defended by the federal Black Lung Trust Fund. This is the entity that would stand to pay benefits if no mining company or "no responsible operator" exists to pay. Dawson represented Rosie Mills in a survivor's case against the West Virginia Occupational Pneumonoconiosis Fund. The Fund is a state chartered insurance company that represents mines that are too small or too in debt to pay claims.
Both cases were received in the Black Lung Clinic in 2002. Initial evidence was gathered and prepared by students during the 2002-2003 school year and throughout the summer. Vrettos and Dawson conducted the final preparation of the cases for the hearings including receiving all evidence from experts, exchanging evidence with opposing counsel in advance of the hearing and preparing witnesses.
During the hearings, both students introduced medial evidence into the record, made opening statements, and conducted the direct examination of the clients. Vrettos and Dawson will submit a written closing argument to the court in early February. The argument, similar to an appellate brief, will discuss the procedural posture of the case, the facts of the case and will argue why their medical evidence is superior to that offered against their clients.
"I have been in the Clinic for four years, and these were two of the best examples of student work that I have seen," said Jim Phemister, Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney for the Black Lung Clinic. "Almost as impressive as Chris and Steph's work, however, was the fact that six of their classmates drove over that morning in the snow and ice so that they could see their classmates at work. Given that they had to drive in bad weather, leave at 7am, give up virtually an entire day, and do it all right before exams started, I thought it was an amazing show of support."
The Black Lung Clinic is one of three significant clinical opportunities afford by a Washington and Lee law school education. The Black Lung Clinic provides second and third year students with invaluable hands on experience while helping to meet the need for legal assistance in the region and developing client contact and advocacy skills. More information on the Black Lung Clinic
can be found on the Black Lung Clinic website.
12/8/2003 - End of Fall 2003 Semester Brings Fond Farewell to Visiting Faculty
During the Fall 2003 semester, the Washington and Lee Law Community was joined by four outstanding faculty - Geraldine Szott Moohr, Roger Sherman, Cheryl L. Wade and Sean H. Donahue.
Professor Moohr is a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned her M.S. from Bucknell University and her J.D. from The American University. Upon graduation Moohr clerked for the Honorable James M. Sprouse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Her areas of expertise include white collar crime, federal criminal law, federal fraud offenses, employment law, employment discrimination and sexual harassment. Professor Moohr is a member of the University of Houston Law.
Professor Sherman is a graduate of Grove City College where he majored in Mathematics. Sherman went on to receive his M.B.A. in Finance from Harvard and a M.S. and Ph.D. both in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University. Sherman is the recipient of several distinguished fellowships and has served as Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Sherman is a member of the University of Houston faculty.
Professor Wade is a graduate of SUNY and received her M.A. from St. John's and her J.D. from Hofstra where she graduated with distinction. One of Wade's recent publications includes "The Impact of U.S. Corporate Policy on Women and People of Color." Wade will again visit the W&L Community in March for the Critical Race Theory Symposium.
Professor Donahue is a graduate of Columbia University, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Donahue is a member of the Order of the Coif and was law clerk to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Donahue will remain in Lexington and teach throughout the spring semester.
11/19/2003 - Law & Education Guest Lecturer
Douglas L. Guynn, Esq. of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver PLC in Harrisonburg, Virginia will be the guest lecturer at the November 21st Law and Education Class meeting.
Mr. Guynn received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. A member of the Virginia State Bar since 1980, Mr. Guynn does education, commercial and employment work. He is active in education issues, having helped establish and lead the Valley Alliance for Education, and has chaired the Virginia Council of School Attorneys and Education Law & Local Government Group (2001). Mr. Guynn is also a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. He is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference. Mr. Guynn served as General and Special Counsel to Numerous Educational Boards, such as: County of Augusta; City of Buena Vista; County of Rockbridge and City of Staunton.
11/19/2003 - W&L Law Alumna Appointed Judge in Delaware
The Hon. Mary Miller Johnston, a Washington and Lee University School of Law graduate, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Delaware for a 10-year term.
Judge Johnston received her J.D., cum laude, in 1984 from W&L's School of Law, where she served as lead articles editor of W&L's Law Review. Johnston also earned a B.A. in music from Wittenberg University, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.A. in music from Northwestern University.
Before her appointment to the bench this fall, Johnston served as chief counsel of the Delaware Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel, where she prosecuting attorney discipline cases and matters involving the unauthorized practice of law.
Johnston formerly was a partner in the law firm of Morris, James, Hitchens and Williams, practicing primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation.
She is past chair of the Delaware State Bar Association's Women and the Law Section; a former member of the Bar Association's Pro Se Litigation Assistance Committee; and past president of the Board of Children & Families First. Johnston is a member of the Delaware Supreme Court's Permanent Advisory Committee on the Delaware Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct and the Court's Professionalism Committee.
Judge Johnston's current term will run through Sept. 25, 2015.
She is married to William Johnston, a 1982 graduate of W&L's School of Law.
11/19/2003 - Mary Miller Johnston, '84L, Appointed to Superior Court of Delaware
The Honorable Mary Miller Johnston was appointed to the Superior Court of Delaware on September 25, 2003. Judge Johnston received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, cum laude in 1984, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review. She also has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University, magna cum laude, and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.
Before coming to the bench, Judge Johnston served as Chief Counsel of the Delaware Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel, prosecuting attorney discipline cases and unauthorized practice of law matters. She formerly was a partner with Morris, James, Hitchens and Williams, practicing primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation.
Judge Johnston is past chair of the Delaware State Bar Association's Women and the Law Section and was a member of the Bar Association's Pro Se Litigation Assistance Committee. She is a member of the Delaware Supreme Court's Permanent Advisory Committee on the Delaware Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct and the Court's Professionalism Committee. She is past President of the Board of Children & Families First.
Judge Johnston's present term ends September 25, 2015.
She is married to William Johnston, a 1982 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law.
11/17/2003 - Mock Trial Winners Announced
On Friday, November 14th the Moot Court Executive Board hosted the final round of the Annual Mock Trial Competition. The annual competition provides participating students with the opportunity to plan litigation strategies, practice litigation techniques, prepare witnesses and conduct a trial.
This year's finalists were Amir Sadeghy, Matthew Gatewood, Zachary Desmond and M. Todd Carroll. Presiding over the competition was the Honorable Callie V.S. Granade, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Each finalist conducted one direct and one cross-examination and presented either an opening statement or a closing argument.
After a close competition, Judge Granade selected M. Todd Carroll as the runner-up and Amir Sadeghy as the winner of the 2003 Mock Trial Competition. The Moot Court Board wishes to congratulate Carroll and Sadeghy on their victories as well as thank all individuals who participated in all rounds of the competition.
11/17/2003 - Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction Raises $4,280
The Annual Phi Alpha Delta Charity Auction, held on November 14, 2003 was a complete success. Professor David Caudill was the Auctioneer and generous faculty and staff provided wonderful items for the event.
This year the top two items were a framed English Deed and a Justice Rehnquist Bobble Head Doll which both sold for $400.00. Other items of interest include a Gourmet Dinner to be served by Dean David Partlett which went for $310.00, a Wine Tasting for 10 that was purchased for $300.00 and finally a dinner for four with wine which sold for $260.00.
PAD would like to thank all the faculty and staff who donated items as well as the students who came to show their support and participate in the auction. All of the money raised will go to the Rockbridge County Emergency South River Relief Fund. This fund has been set up to provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Isabel in the South River area of Rockbridge County.
11/13/2003 - PAD Food Drive a Success
The members of Phi Alpha Delta would like to extend their gratitude to all who participated in the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity's Fall Canned Food Drive. This year, with your help, PAD collected 2100 pounds of canned foods for needy families in the Rockbridge County area. PAD would like to extend a challenge all to all law students, faculty and staff to help double this amount next semester during the PAD Spring Canned Food Drive.
11/10/2003 - Wiant Speaks at Virginia Library Association Meeting
Professor Sally Wiant '75L spoke at the annual meeting of the Virginia Library Association at the Homestead on Thursday, November 6, 2003. Professor Wiant spoke on the TEACH ACT (Technological, Education, and Copyright Harmonization ACT). The TEACH ACT addresses the use of copyrighted works using digital networks for instructional purposes. Professor Wiant will also conduct a workshop November 13 at Paul de Camp Community College in Franklin, VA for the faculty on Copyright Law for Higher Education.
10/31/2003 - Three W&L Law Students Honored at Annual Moot Court Competition
Three Washington and Lee University law students were honored for their performances during the final round of the 24th Annual John W. Davis Moot Court competition at W&L's School of Law.
10/29/2003 - W&L to Host ABA's Regional Negotiation Competition
The Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the American Bar Association's Regional Negotiation Competition on Nov. 15-16 in Lexington.
10/17/2003 - W&L Alumnus and Norfolk Attorney Gets Judgeship Nod from Bush
President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate Walter D. Kelley Jr., a Washington and Lee University alumnus and Norfolk attorney, to succeed Judge Henry C. Morgan Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
10/15/2003 - School of Law to Hold Final Round of Moot Court Competition
The Washington and Lee University School of Law will hold the final round of the 24th Annual John W. Davis Moot Court competition on Friday, Oct. 24. The topic of this year's competition is the Establishment Clause of the Constitution as related to student prayer at school functions.
10/15/2003 - Australian Legal Expert to Discuss Terrorism Legislation at W&L's School of Law
Paul Fairall, dean of the Adelaide Law School in Adelaide, Australia, will discuss "Australian Terrorism Legislation and the Australian Taliban" at Washington and Lee University's School of Law on Thursday, Oct. 23.
10/13/2003 - Northwestern Professor to Speak at W&L's School of Law
John O. McGinnis, professor of law at Northwestern University, will discuss "The Case Against Labor and Environmental Standards in the World Trade Constitution" at Washington and Lee University's School of Law on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
10/10/2003 - Professor of European Law to Deliver Tucker Lecture
Gráinne de Búrca, professor of European law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, will deliver the 55th John Randolph Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee University's School of Law on Friday, Oct. 10 at 12:10 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom.
10/7/2003 - Retired New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler to Speak at W&L Oct. 10
The Honorable Sol Wachtler, a former chief judge of the State of New York and the New York Court of Appeals, will deliver an address at Washington and Lee University on "Terrorism and the Law" at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10 in Classroom B of Lewis Hall, W&L's School of Law.
10/1/2003 - FEC Official to Speak on Campaign Finance Reform at W&L
Bradley Smith, vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission, will speak on campaign finance reform on Monday, Oct. 6, in classroom A at Washington and Lee University's School of Law.
10/1/2003 - South River Emergency Relief Project: Contribute to the Cause
Though Lexington was spared by Hurricane Isabel, the South River community was devastated by the storm. Many, including Washington and Lee staff and employees, lost their homes and/or possessions. South River is in a declared state of emergency.
9/9/2003 - Politics Professor to Address Students at W&L's Fall Convocation
Washington and Lee University will welcome more than 1,750 undergraduates to campus Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Fall Convocation exercises. Politics Professor William F. Connelly Jr. will deliver the keynote address on W&L's nearly 96-year-old Mock Convention--considered one of the most accurate predictors of the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of the White House. The student-run convention will be held January 30-31, 2004.
9/9/2003 - Illinois Judge to Discuss "The Lawyer as Moral Agent" at W&L
Judge Thomas M. Donnelly, associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater of the Elrod Commons.
8/14/2003 - Renowned Legal Historian to Give Inaugural Lecture at W&L's Center for Law and History
Sir John Baker, Downing Professor of the Laws of England and fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge University, will give the inaugural lecture for the new Center for Law and History at Washington and Lee University's School of Law.
8/14/2003 - W&L Law School Launches 2003-04 with New Program, Service Day
Classes will open Thursday, Aug. 21 at Washington and Lee University's School of Law, which begins the 2003-04 academic year by launching its LL.M. program for foreign attorneys seeking broader knowledge of American law.
8/7/2003 - Law Alumnus Elected President of National Association
Washington and Lee University School of Law alumnus David S. DeJong has been elected president of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants for 2003-04.
7/18/2003 - W&L Law Student Wins First Prize in Copyright Law Competition
Jacob Penrod, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee University's School of Law, has won first prize in the 2003 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition in copyright law at W&L for his paper entitled "Scratching, Sound Manipulation and the Copyright Act."
5/19/2003 - Three Washington and Lee Law Students Honored for Excellence in Writing
LEXINGTON, VA -- Three students at the Washington and Lee University School of Law are being honored for excellence in legal writing. Jeffery Scott, a second-year student at the School of Law, has won first place in the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Writing Competition.
5/19/2003 - W&L Libraries, Powell Archives Share Outstanding Library Programs Award
LEXINGTON, VA - Washington and Lee University's Leyburn Library and the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Archives at W&L's School of Law have been honored as part of the 2003 Solinet Outstanding Library Programs Award recently presented to the Virtual Library of Virginia's Virginia Heritage database.
5/8/2003 - Third year student Cynthia Donley Young has won third place in the ACLMB Writing Competition
Third year student Cynthia Donley Young has won third place in the American College of Legal Medicine Bioethics Writing Competition for her paper entitled "An Examination of the Over-Regulation of Mifepristone". Her paper is scheduled for publication in the "Medical Trial Technique Quarterly."
5/8/2003 - President-Elect of American Bar Association Delivers W&L Law School Commencement Address
LEXINGTON, VA. -- Robert J. Grey Jr., president-elect of the American Bar Association, delivered the commencement address at Washington and Lee University's School of Law on Sunday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m. on the University's Front Lawn.