Awards: UVA Law #2 Top Company Graduates


The University of Virginia School of Law has the second highest percentage of recent alumni working at the 10 most profitable US law firms, among other recent accolades for the law school community.

GradReports, a university ranking and research website, used LinkedIn data to track alumni of US News & World Report’s Top 50 Law Schools who graduated between 2015 and 2021 and are now working in the top 10. most profitable firms according to the ranking of The American Lawyer.

According to to study, UVA had more than 10% alumni in the companies. The University of Chicago School of Law was No. 1 with 11%.

Butler Wins UVA Research Award

Professor Jay Butler has become the first law school faculty member to win a UVA Research Excellence Award. Launched in 2019, the third annual Research Excellence Fellowship program was held on January 28 online. Butler won a Research Excellence Award, which recognizes faculty members who have generated a sufficient volume of high-quality scholarship and are emerging in their fields as leaders and recognized as such by their peers. Butler focuses his studies and teaching on international law, corporations and contracts. He previously won the Francis Deák Prize, awarded by the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law, for his article “Corporate Guardians of International Law.”

Paul Stephan

Stephan’s book recognized

Professor Paul B. Stephan ’77 won the Robert E. Dalton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Foreign Relations Law, presented by the American Society of International Law, for his book. “The Restatement and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Foreign Relations Law,” co-edited with Sarah A. Cleveland, professor of law at Columbia University, provides analysis, context, and critique of ” The Restatement (Fourth)” of the American Law Institute. US foreign relations law. UVA law professors Ashley Deeks, John C. Harrison, George Rutherglen, and G. Edward White each contributed a chapter to the book. Stephan is an expert in international trade, international dispute resolution and comparative law. He served as an international law adviser to the Department of State and special counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

Stephan is John C. Jeffries, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Law, and David H. Ibbeken ’71 Research Professor of Law.

Citron wins the 4th Privacy Papers award

Danielle Lemon

Professor Danielle Citron has won the Privacy Papers for Policymakers award for the fourth time, awarded by the Future of Privacy Forum. “Privacy Breachesco-authored by Daniel J. Solove, professor of law at George Washington University and forthcoming in the Boston University Law Review, analyzes how to conceptualize privacy breaches and their role in privacy regulation. The winners were invited to speak at the 12th annual Privacy Articles for Decision Makers on February 10. Citron, director of the school’s LawTech Center, writes and teaches about privacy, free speech, and civil rights. Her next book is “The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age”.

Citron is the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Professor Emeritus of Law and the Caddell and Chapman Professor of Law.

Douglas Laycock

Laycock receives honorary degree

Professor Douglas Laycock received an honorary law degree from Michigan State University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. He addressed the colleges of arts and humanities, arts and sciences of communication and social sciences at the start of the school year on December 18, saying that his proudest professional achievement has been to defend “the rights of all parties in America’s culture wars”.

“I defend the rights of people who I believe are deeply wrong on fundamental issues. I often oppose these people politically, but I defend their right to live their own lives according to their own deepest values,” he said.

Laycock has served as lead counsel in six cases before the United States Supreme Court and is a Life Fellow of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Laycock’s writings have been republished in a five-volume collection, “Religious Liberty”.

Students win telecommunications competition


Gray Moeller ’22 and Davis Metzger ’24 won the national telecommunications and technology competition. Courtesy picture

Davis Metzger ’24 and Gray Moeller ’22 – former high school debate partners from Boerne, Texas – won the national telecommunications and technology competition. Their student coaches were Kevin Krotz ’22 and Eric Dunbar ’23. The competition is co-hosted by the Institute of Law and Technology at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus Law School and the Federal Communications Bar Association. The event features an original appeal issue written by a panel of experienced telecommunications and technology attorneys. The issue was whether the First Amendment applied to social media and whether fiery political speech in an uncertain environment was protected.

Rachel Jones

Graduate article on UVA case wins award

Rachael Jones ’21 won the Supreme Court Historical Society award Hughes Gossett Prize 2020 for the best student paper. “The Unexplored History of Rosenberger», published in the Journal of Supreme Court History, concerns Rosenberger versus the rector and visitors of the University of Virginia, a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that state universities cannot withhold funding from student religious groups if it is given to similar secular groups. (Professor John C. Jeffries Jr. ’73 argued the University’s case.) She said she wrote the paper for a course on religious freedom taught by Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05. The winners were invited to the society’s annual meeting in June.

DHS report cites Citron

Citron’s work was noted in the recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security report “Growing threats from deepfake identities.” To help customers understand how a potential threat might arise and what that threat might look like, DHS considered specific business, company, and national security scenarios. The report quotes its 2019 paper “Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge to Privacy, Democracy and National Security“, co-authored with Robert Chesney, professor of law at the University of Texas, and Lemon’s testimonial before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2019.

Mason noted in EU tax notice

Ruth Mason

An opinion published by an adviser to Europe’s highest court quoted Professor Ruth Mason, whose recent work examines multilateral efforts to reform corporate taxation. Priit Pikamae, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, said on December 16 that Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler did not need to pay 30 million euros in back taxes in Luxembourg, in as part of the European Commissioner for Competition’s crackdown on sweetheart deals between EU countries and multinationals such as Fiat, Apple and Starbucks. The opinion quoted Mason’s 2019 article “Identification of illegal subsidieswhich argues that the US Supreme Court’s internal consistency test is a better way to identify illegal tax subsidies.

Mason is the Edwin S. Cohen Professor Emeritus of Law and Taxation and Research Professor of Law for the Class of 1941.

Research Librarian Profile

Daniel Radthorne, research librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library, was featured in the January/February issue of AALL Spectrum, published by the American Association of Law Libraries. In a Q&A, Radthorne discussed his favorite aspect of his work, what inspires him the most, a hypothetical autobiography, his favorite quote and the superpower he wished he had – the Vulcan “mind meld” from “Star Trek”.


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