Student News


Law Library Exterior
This beautiful photo of the back side of the law library was taken by Professor Judith Fischer
during the winter storm of January 2009. Jouett Hall appears in the reflection.

Congratulations Jessica

Former library student worker, Jessica Milling ('09), gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, February 1. 

Prior to her delivery, Jessica served as the law school's Faculty Research Assistant Program (FRAP) representative. Under the supervision of Professor Hilyerd, she played an integral part in formatting and verifying the citations for inclusion in the forthcoming catalog of faculty scholarship. Ben Silver has since filled that position.

Decedents Canceled Tonight

Professor Lewis' Decedents' Estates class is canceled tonight, Monday, February 2.


February 4, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Lunch!!

After serving with the U.S State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as Director of the Office of Legislative Statecraft for one year, Manuel Miranda serves again as chairman of the Third Branch Conference, a coalition of over 100 grass-top leaders nationwide engaged on judicial matters.  Mr. Miranda is also the founder and president of The Iraq Society, an association of men and women who served in Iraq or who support the mission of peace, prosperity, and liberty for the people between the two rivers. 


Mr. Miranda served previously as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, leading 51 Republican staffs on judicial confirmations, and as.Senior Nominations Counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Mr. Miranda is credited by as the architect of the Republican “nuclear option,” and the Washington Post and others credit him as the first to lead opposition to President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers.  


In February 2006, Mr. Miranda was awarded the Ronald Reagan Award by the American Conservative Union for his leadership on judicial nominations.  The Ronald Reagan Award is considered the highest award of the conservative movement.   He has been a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Counsel at the Family Research Council, and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, publishing 35 articles on judicial nominations. 

 Mr. Miranda is a frequent lecturer at law schools and events on “The Obama Presidency and the Fight for the Courts;” “Politics and Policy: Building for a Coherent Immigration Reform;” “America’s Rule of Law Impact in Iraq and Afghanistan;” and “The Truth About Iraq.”  

Manny was born in Cuba and raised in Spain and New York City.  He received degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.  At Georgetown, he was the Circumnavigators’ Foundation Fellow for 1981 and at Hastings he was the Charles Rummel Scholar. 

 Between 1987 and 1998, Mr. Miranda practiced law with leading international firms in New York and Washington, D.C., most recently White & Case.

Classes Canceled; Offices Closed

Classes are canceled and offices will be closed, Friday, January 30, 2009. The law school will reopen on Monday, February 2.

For more information, see the Weather Policy

Law Library Open with Reduced Hours This Weekend

Due to inclement weather, the law library will be operating on reduced hours this weekend.  The library will be open 10-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday.

It will reopen on its normal schedule Monday, February 2, 2009.



Environmental Moot Court team needs judges!

The National Environmental Moot Court team is asking for any professors or students that might be available to assist in judging their practice this Friday at 4pm.  Please contact Kelly Oates ( or Izzy Moore ( if you are interested. 

Bad Weather Schedule

The Law School follows the University's lead in all weather-related cancellations and delays.

1) We will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point.  For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., all classes that begin before 10 a.m. will be cancelled.  Classes meeting at 10 a.m. and later will meet at their regular times and will include the full instruction period..

2) For purposes of this policy, evening classes will be defined as any classes beginning at or after 4:30 p.m.

3) Please note that the University will provide official school closing information in the following ways: A notice at the top of the University home page,; e-mails sent to all students and employees on their Groupwise accounts; a recorded message at 852-5555; or, for those who have signed up, a text message will be sent to your cell phone.

These are the only venues through which we can guarantee accurate information.  Please remember, whether or not the University is open, it is up to you to decide if it is safe for you to make the journey.

Nominate your favorite faculty member

The Board of Trustees established the Trustees Award in 1989 to recognize faculty who have had an extraordinary impact on students.  The Board encourages the University community to nominate faculty who have demonstrated this trait.  All faculty (with the exception of previous winners) are eligible to receive this award.  The Chair of this Committee has asked that we write and encourage you to nominate a faculty member for this prestigious award. Additional information, including the nomination form, is located at   Deadline for submission of materials isJanuary 31, 2009.  Thank you for your consideration in making a nomination!


Moot Court Meeting Will Cover Plans for 2009 First Year Oral Arguments

The Moot Court Board will meet Monday, January 26, at 12:00 pm in Room 175 to discuss plans for this year's First-Year Oral Arguments.