by Amelia Vance, Class of 2013
On Saturday, October 20, the William & Mary Law School Equality Alliance hosted its first-ever law conference focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal issues. The conference, “Legal Issues for Lawyers Serving LGBT People and Their Families,” included speakers and workshop sessions on issues ranging from employee benefits, education law reform, employment discrimination, and adoption and custody matters for same-sex couples. More than 60 attorneys and students attended the event throughout the day, which was offered for CLE credit.
Speakers included Christine Sun, Deputy Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Diane Schroer, plaintiff of the landmark Title VII caseSchroer v. Library of Congress, Joshua Block, Staff Attorney of the National ACLU LGBT Project, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director of ACLU-Virginia, Michele Zavos and Eva Junker of, Zavos Juncker Law Group, Marc Puritam of Hunton and Williams, and many others. In addition, Dean Dave Douglas moderated a panel on “Diversity in the Legal Profession.”
by Anthony Glosson, Class of 2015
Anthony Glosson- Class of 2015 IBRL Fellow
I had a great time working with the Institute for Bill of Rights Law on the 2012 Supreme Court Preview. The speakers are among the very best in their respective fields, and they come from a variety of perspectives, making panel discussions very interesting. I feel much better apprised of many of the recent and current issues before the Supreme Court. See the speakers that attended the event.
I particularly enjoyed hearing from Walter Dellinger of O’Melveny & Myers on, among other things, judicial politics. One of the lunchtime breakout sessions involved an excellent panel discussion between participants with quite a bit of expertise, and Mr. Dellinger was no exception — as a former United States Solicitor General, and recently, the lead attorney prevailing on behalf of the defendant in United States v. Antoine Jones in a politically electrifying Supreme Court case involving the Fourth Amendment and GPS tracking technology, Mr. Dellinger has a keen sense of the intersection of law and politics. He brought that knowledge to the table during the panel discussion, adding a unique dynamic to the conversation.
The discussion during the Q&A session afterward provided a great opportunity to hear Mr. Dellinger, along with his co-panelists, game out several fascinating scenarios regarding the results of the 2012 presidential election and possible Supreme Court Justice retirements.”
The event provided me with some really good opportunities to begin to network with those in the legal field. It is exciting to meet people whose work I’ve followed, and to find them very approachable and willing to talk about their work with a 1L student!
I can speak from the perspective of both an IBRL organizer and an interested attendee when I say that the Supreme Court Preview was a fantastic experience — one I suspect just about anyone interested in law would greatly enjoy!
by Rhianna Shabsin
Want to learn more about William & Mary Law School? Have questions about admissions or financial aid? Thinking about taking the LSAT but unsure where to start? Well, we have a program for you!
The W.C. Jefferson Chapter of the Black Law Students Association will host their 25th annual Law Day on Saturday, November 10, 2012. The event will feature a mock classroom interaction with a W&M Law professor, financial aid and admissions information sessions, a student life Q&A, and an LSAT preparation session.
The registration deadline is October 19, and you can register on the BLSA website. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity!
Students and guests gather at last year’s law day.
by Laura Householder, 3L
On Friday, September 14, I had the privilege of meeting and hearing from several of our distinguished alumnae at the Women in BigLaw Conference. Knowing that I will be entering a large firm this fall, I thought it would be beneficial to at least see what a few of the speakers had to say. I was blown away, however, by not only the number of alumnae who returned but how candid and friendly they were.
As law students, we live in a small community of continuous learning and it can often be challenging to envision our lives in the “real world” apart from a few months each summer we spend in various internships. This past summer, I was fortunate enough to work in a large law firm and caught a glimpse of what my future in big law will look like. This conference, however, provided me with a new lens through which to view this future. It further demonstrated to me that there is no one way to achieve my goals.
Throughout the day, we listened to these alumnae speak on topics ranging from making partner to obtaining and retaining clients to having children. One theme that perhaps inadvertently but necessarily weaved its way through the day was the importance of surrounding yourself with a strong supporting network. In each panel, the women showed how finding mentors in the firm, keeping close those friends in and out of the law to provide you with guidance and assistance, and maintaining strong ties with your family were the fundamentals in helping us to realize our fullest potential.
No one woman had taken the same path. No one woman dominated the discussion. All day, I heard from women who love their jobs, love their families, and make it work for them everyday. It was without a doubt one of the most valuable experiences I have had at the law school and as a result gained a new level of insight into my career moving forward.
Laura Householder is a 2013 JD/MBA candidate. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2008 with a degree in Women’s Studies and French Literature. Prior to coming to William & Mary, she spent a year in Tours, France, teaching primary school English. This past summer she worked as a law clerk at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia and plans to return as a first year associate next fall.
by Faye Shealy and Brian Wall
We previously posted about the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference held in conjunction with Tsinghua University in Beijing in October, and are delighted to report that it was a smashing success. Dean Davison Douglas remarks that the conference “laid the groundwork for many more years of collaboration and exchange of ideas.” Professor Lynda Butler added, “This was the most exciting conference I have ever attended.”
We are pleased to share a short video about the conference as well as Chancellor Sandra Day O’Connor’s acceptance speech of the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize. William & Mary Law School is truly a remarkable place to study international law (as well as all other areas of the law, of course!), and we hope that you will be interested in applying to join us to participate in many more remarkable international exchanges.
by Faye Shealy
We are excited to announce the inagural public Plenary session of the McGlothlin Leadership Forum, named in honor of James W. McGlothlin (’62, J.D. ’64, LL.D ’00). This plenary session, which is open to the public, will feature open exchange, active debate, and analysis of the challenges of the global economy and the political and legal systems that comprise it. The 2011 McGlothlin Leadership Fellows will be the featured speakers at the plenary session: David Boies, Chairman and Managing Partner of Boies, Schiller, and Flexner, LLP; The Honorable John Snow, 73rd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and former CEO of CSX Corporation; and William C. Weldon, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. Admission is free and all are welcome; no RSVP required. The plenary session will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 2:00-3:30 at Miller Hall (Mason School of Business) on the main campus.
by Faye Shealy
Dean Douglas and several other faculty members are out of the office for a great reason today: the Eighth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing, China! The Law School typically hosts this conference in Williamsburg, but this year the Conference is being jointly sponsored with Tsinghua University School of law. The treatment of property rights figures prominently in both Chinese and American economic and political systems, and the Conference will explore the relationship between property rights, economic prosperity, and individual freedom. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Chancellor of the College, was honored today at the conference as the 2011 recipient of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.
Congratulations to Justice O’Connor, and best of luck to our faculty! To our prospective students, remember that property is a required course, and coming to a law school with such a renowned conference is a great addition to your education!
by Brian Wall
You may have seen the exciting news that William & Mary will host its annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China this October. While Williamsburg is certainly an idyllic location to study law, this conference merely exemplifies the strong international law tradition at William & Mary Law School. Our graduates and current students work and intern all over the world. For example, you can find William & Mary alumni and students:
- Working for big law firms from London and Paris to Sydney and Phnom Penh,
- Doing humanitarian work for International Bridges to Justice’s main office in Geneva, or going to field offices in Burundi, India, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe,
- Competing in Moot Court competitions at The Hague,
- Working at State Department and Consular Offices in Paris, Moscow, and East Timor,
- Researching and teaching at clinics in Belize and Argentina, and
- Earning doctoral degrees at Cambridge or studying in Madrid, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Auckland, Vienna, Luxembourg, Hong Kong…
Joining William & Mary Law will give you access to a worldwide legal community. With top professors in all fields of international law and a strong alumni network with a wide range of international experiences, William & Mary can be your gateway to the world!