The case spanned nearly two years and involved two sets of clinic students who worked to secure the outcome.
Experience, W&L Law
Lexi Acosta '24L spent the fall semester as a judicial extern in the Roanoke City Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Jose Lopez '24L describes his clinical experience and trip to Mexico City to advise migrants and refugees on the U.S. asylum process.
Madison Howell ’24L spent the semester as an extern in the litigation office of the Plan Benefits Security Division.
Yardley Borten spent the summer as a legal intern at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) in Washington, D.C.
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Lexi Weber '23L discusses her year helping miners get federal benefits.
Anne Rodgers '20, '23L writes about her experience using creativity and emotion in her work helping her client seek asylum.
In the Rights of Prisoners practicum, Courtney Ebersohl '24L urges the Virginia Parole Board to see past the crime.
Mallory Kostroff ‘23L discusses her year as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic.
Audrey Curelop '23L discusses a recent research trip to Tanzania as part of the International Human Rights Practicum.
Winni Zhang '24L discusses her work in the Immigrant Rights Clinic, where she has been able handle important legal matters from start to finish.
Melissa May ’23L spent the fall semester as an extern in the Delaware Court of Chancery under Vice Chancellor Lori W. Will.
Ben Halligan '23L discusses his year as a student attorney in the Tax Clinic, helping clients resolve post-filing controversies with the IRS.
Shannon McGrath ‘23L spent the fall working in the criminal defense practice of the Brooklyn Defender Service.
Nikolaus Smith '23L spent the fall semester as a judicial extern for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
This fall, Joseph Aminov '23L researched cryptocurrency and other emerging financial technologies with the law firm Pryor Cashman.
Sica Matsuda ‘23L and Brian Warren ‘23L were assigned the case as part of their work with the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic.
Ronald Davis was given 80 years in prison—an effective life sentence—for a series of armed robberies where no one was hurt and he never held a gun.
W&L Law students offer free estate planning to area residents.
W&L Law students help launch local businesses.
Alumni and faculty reflect on the legacy of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, closing its doors after over 30 years serving capital defense attorneys.
Andrew Dagen '22L got the chance to work in the United States Tax Court in Washington D.C. after it reopened virtually this fall.
Third year law student Erin Hayes works pro bono as legislative director for the Racial Justice Coalition of Texas.
The brief seeks to protect two provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impact coal miners' ability to receive payments through the Black Lung Benefits Act.
3L Kyle Hess reflects on the Global Corruption and Good Governance Practicum.
Melissa Lagoumis '20L writes about how a 3L externship changed her outlook and her career.
Helen Gray Dunnavant '20L shares experiences from her internship last summer.
Kevin Euceda, a Honduran immigrant seeking safety from persecution in the United States, saw confidential therapy notes used against him in court. Now, legislation has been introduced to stop the practice.
Mary Kate Nicholson '20L reflects on her externship, saying the general counsel is a "jack of all trades."
Kasia Wiggins '20L, a future public defender, has advocated for clients during two bond hearings and two trials in the CJC.
Student Caseworkers Andrew Salinas '20L and Isabella Gray '20L delivered strong, creative arguments that beat the odds.
Bapi Bikkani '20L reflects on his semester working on environmental law issues in Washington, D.C.
W&L Law students help long-serving inmates earn parole.
Hannah Cloh is taking part in W&L Law’s residential externship in Washington, D.C., working at the Smithsonian Institution.
W&L Law students and Ed Walker '96L bring his unique brand of community-based real estate development to Buena Vista.
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant by the Internal Revenue Service’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office. This is the twelfth straight year that the Tax Clinic has received federal dollars to support its efforts.
W&L’s DC Externship Program enables students like myself not to have to make that fretful decision-- urban or rural, academic or experiential. I got the best of both words, and will be a more effective lawyer because of it.
Even if I had taken a full course load of patent classes, I would not have gained as much practical knowledge of patent law as I did in Judge Reyna’s chambers.
This past Fall semester, a team of W&L Law students in the Criminal Tribunal Practicum class were given the unique opportunity to review and suggest legislative amendments to Ethiopia’s Anti-terrorism Proclamation.
Working full time and living in DC granted me the opportunity to immerse myself in the work I was assigned and form a network of securities law professionals.
W&L law students provide legal assistance at the border.
The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a client represented by the Black Lung Clinic at W&L Law.
The Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has been awarded a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program (LITC).
The Virginia State Bar has named Washington and Lee University law student Charu Kulkarni, a member of the Law Class of 2018, as the recipient of the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.
This year's class focused on investigating the divorce process in Tanzania that often leaves women in poverty.
3L Luisa Hernandez argued an appeal of a Black Lung Case, moving one step closer to her life-long dream of becoming a lawyer.
Dowin Coffy is a registered nurse whose desire to understand fully the healthcare system brought him to W&L Law.
3Ls Kendall Manning and Aileen Almonte, student attorneys in the Immigrant Rights Clinic, provide a snapshot into a typical week working in the clinic.
An externship in DC gave Ali Hakusui '18L a chance to do something different, and find new meaning in the law.
Mark Dewyea '18L used the W&L alumni network to find a unique placement with the government affairs and legal departments at Rolls Royce in DC.
Washington and Lee law student Hollie Webb ‘18L offered her experience representing underage immigrants for a recent media report on conditions at a regional juvenile detention center.
Tax Clinic cases rarely go to trial, but this semester, for only second time in the Clinic's history, a student argued a case before the U.S. Tax Court.
W&L Law Tax Clinic students Gabrielle Ongies, Roland Hartung, and Javier Puga presented at the Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference.
Third-year law student Stacey LaRiviere got the unique chance to try a jury trial during her externship with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office of Roanoke City.
The students are participating in an innovative practice-based course that engages them in research and analysis of international acts pertaining to good governance and corruption.
3L Andrea Marshall interned with the EPA while participating in W&L Law's Program in DC, a one-semester, residential program that gives W&L students practice experience in the nation's capital.
The guides help with a variety of tax issues, including determining filing status and information about claiming children as dependents.
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