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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Law Student Helps Change Virginia Marriage License

Washington and Lee law student Sophie Rogers ‘21L and her now-husband Brandyn Churchill ’14 made national news earlier this year when they joined a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s practice of asking those applying for marriage licenses to disclose their race. They were one of three couples who sued Virginia in federal court to end the practice. […]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

And May It Please the Court

When a lawyer has a case accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court, the clerk sends out a booklet about how lawyers should conduct themselves before the court. “It has some funny things in it, such as ‘Don’t correct the justices and always answer questions first before saying anything else,” says Mario Urizar […]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time Served

In the 1990s, the state of Virginia eliminated parole for all felony offenders whose crimes were committed after Jan. 1, 1995. Those convicted prior to that date would still be considered for eventual parole release. For one 72-year-old inmate who served more than 31 years, release became reality thanks to the work of law students […]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Day (and Night) at the Museum

Hannah Cloh is a third year law student from Northbrook, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Knox College. At W&L Law, she is a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal. This semester she is taking part in W&L Law’s residential externship in Washington, D.C., working at the Smithsonian Institution. […]

Friday, November 15, 2019

Scholar-in-Residence Wendy Greene to Lecture on Hairstyles and Discrimination

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Frances Lewis Law Center Scholar-in-Residence Wendy Greene will give a lecture entitled “#FreeTheHair: How Black Hair is Making Civil Laws Right.” The lecture will take place from 4:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Classroom A, Sydney Lewis Hall, on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and […]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

W&L Law’s Drumbl on War Crimes and Genocide

Aljazeera recently published two “explainer”  articles examining the definition of war crimes and genocide. The news outlet relied on the expertise of Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl to produce the explainers. On the question of why war crimes often go unpunished, Drumbl said “this can be attributed to several factors, including difficulties in […]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Anywhere Can Be Somewhere

In late October in Buena Vista—a small city about six miles from Lexington—candidates for the City Council participated in a forum. Their comments were peppered with the name of W&L law professor and renowned real estate developer Ed Walker, a 1996 graduate of W&L Law. “We have other things in the works, along with Ed Walker, that will help revitalize […]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

W&L Hosts Chief Judge Rebecca Connelly ’88L

Chief Judge Rebecca Connelly, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee University’s School of Law, will give a public lecture on “Corporate Bankruptcy 101” on Mon., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Hillel 101. This talk is free and open to the public. Connelly is currently the Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western […]

Monday, November 11, 2019

Equal Justice Works

This year, at the Equal Justice Works career fair, an unusually large number of 2L and 3L Washington and Lee Law students got interviews with employers from across the country, and two students even accepted on-the-spot summer job offers at the conclusion of their interviews. The fair happened in October, and groups of Law students […]

Friday, November 08, 2019

W&L Law’s Peppers on Televised Executions

The Richmond Times-Dispatch published a commentary by Washington and Lee law professor Todd Peppers on the public’s right to view execution proceedings in the state of Virginia. “Why not broadcast executions for public viewing?” writes Peppers. “Most supporters of capital punishment argue that executions deter criminals. Yet isn’t this deterrent effect diminished when executions are […]