The University of Virginia School of Law will be relocating to a new building by the end of the semester. The new home will feature state-of-the-art technology and grand architecture. It is also slated to include a number of new courses this spring. New courses will include Dignity Law, Comparative Family Law, Trade Secret Law and International Family Law.
There will also be a new Center for Empirical Studies in Law that will train the next generation of lawyers to use empirical techniques. In addition, the school has established a scholarship to support improving outcomes for domestic violence victims. This new scholarship will be awarded to students at the Law School.
Incoming law students will be joined by faculty in fourteen locations across the Midlands. The incoming class is one of the most academically talented groups in the school’s history. Many of the students will be participating in a peer mentorship program.
Additionally, the School of Law has appointed two new professors to named professorships. These new faculty members will enhance the law school. For instance, Bennett Nelson has been a professor of law at the Law School since 2007. Also, Clyde “Bennett” Gore Jr. has been named a clinical instructor and director of the Veteran’s Legal Clinic.
The School of Law’s alumni have also made history. One of these graduates is the only student to participate in Audi’s “beyond initiative.” Another is the author of a book that influenced a Netflix show. And one is an alumna who has served in the military.
This semester, the School of Law has also appoint two new visiting professors. Elizabeth Chambliss, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, will teach a new class at the Law School. She has been an active member of the School of Law’s alumni board and will return to the teaching staff.
Meanwhile, a former federal judge has been urging citizens to prioritize Rule of Law over politics. He has authored a paper that analyzes the risk of political violence and democratic inequality. His work has sparked a pro-democracy project.
Professors at the School of Law have received 2021 Breakthrough Faculty Awards. These awards recognize professors for their innovative work. In addition to Professor Chambliss, Professor Kim Krawiec, Professor Ann Eisenberg, and Professor Susan Provenzano were all recognized.
At the same time, the School of Law is celebrating its 150th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, it has recently announced its plans for a dedication ceremony. As part of the event, Associate Justice of the United States Samuel A. Alito will speak at the dedication.
Additionally, the School of Law has been donating funds to local communities. Recently, it worked with Virgin Hyperloop One and the Konduros Fisherman Fund. To date, the Konduros Fisherman Fund has donated more than $1 million to the School of Law.
Finally, there is the Children’s Law Center. The Center will improve the protection of children. Eventually, the center will have a first-class teaching space.