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Friday, January 17, 2020

ODK to Initiate Five Honorary and 40 Student Members at 2020 Founders Day/ODK Convocation

Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, will welcome five honorary and 40 student initiates at Washington and Lee University’s annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The convocation is free and open to the public. The program and ceremony will be broadcast live online. Lynn […]

Monday, January 13, 2020

Can Online Speech Be Regulated?

The German Law Journal will delve into the constitutional regulation of online speech by welcoming Northeastern law professor Claudia Haupt, who is an expert in the First Amendment. Haupt will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. in Classroom B. The event will constitute the second installment in the GLJ’s 20th Anniversary speaker series. […]

Friday, January 10, 2020

W&L Law’s Drumbl on Attacking Cultural Sites

Aljazerra interviewed international law expert and W&L law professor Mark Drumbl for an article explaining why military attacks on cultural sites are considered a crime of war. Drumbl said that President Trump’s recent threat to destroy cultural property  in Iran is “hugely problematic”. “This is forbidden under various branches of law and amounts to a […]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Natasha Merle to Speak on MLK Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, W&L Law will welcome attorney Natasha Merle, who is slated to give a talk in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2020. The event is free an open to the public. Merle is senior attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense […]

Monday, January 06, 2020

Law Student Video Wins LITC Tax Education Contest

Brianna Pine, a third-year law student at W&L Law and student attorney in the Tax Clinic, won first place in a recent tax advocacy contest sponsored by the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant program. The LITC held the contest to entice clinics to develop creative ways to educate the public on the importance of […]

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 […]