Events and Updates

UVA’s First “Shaping Justice” Conference

(Published 1/31/17)

In honor of the Public Service Center’s 20th Anniversary, the University of Virginia School of Law is hosting its inaugural Shaping Justice Conference on Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th. The event will kick-off on Friday with a greeting from Dean Risa Goluboff and end on Saturday with an address from keynote speaker Robin Steinberg, founder of the Bronx Defenders.

The Virginia Journal of Criminal Law will be co-sponsoring one of the panels at the conference on Friday afternoon (from 4:45pm-6:00pm), called “Invisible Violence: Increasing Awareness and Improving Aid for Domestic Violence Victims in Underrepresented Communities.” The speakers on this panel, named below, will talk about the unique issues facing victims of domestic violence within the military, immigrant communities, and LGBTQ relationships.

  • Maj. Michael Scaletty – Former Special Victim Prosecutor, US Army Alaska, US Army Legal Services Agency
  • Patty Roseberry – Outreach Advocate, Shelter for Help in Emergency
  • Kathryn Finley – Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Jonathan Yglesias – Programs and Services Director, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
  • Anne Coughlin (moderator) – Professor and Co-director of the Law and Public Service Program, University of Virginia School of Law
 Program and logistical details can be found at:

VJCL’s Movie Night: Confirmation! 

Take a break from midterms and join VJCL for next week’s Movie Night!

What: VJCL Movie Night! We will be screening the film Confirmation. It was released this past April and is about Judge Thomas’s (played by Wendell Pierce) nomination to the Supreme Court in 1991 and his confirmation battle, including a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Anita Hill (played by Kerry Washington), his former employee, raised allegations that Thomas had sexually harassed her. VJCL will provide snacks and drinks.

When: 6:30pm Wednesday, 10/19

Where: WB102

Join VJCL in Recognizing Professor Darryl Brown! 

VJCL is helping host to recognize Professor Darryl Brown’s recently published book, and we hope to see you there!

Come eat lunch and join us for a speaker panel reocgnizing Professor Brown’s book: Free Market Criminal Justice: How Democracy and Laissez Faire Undermine the Rule of Law. The panelists include Professor Brandon Garrett (UVA Law), Joseph Kennedy (UNC Law), and Ronald Wright (Wake Forest Law).
When: Friday, Sept. 16th, 12-1pm
Where: Purcell Reading Room
Food?: Yes! Lunch will be provided.
For more information on the event and Professor Brown’s book, follow this link:

The New 2016-2017 VJCL Board

(Published 04/19/2016)

The Virginia Journal of Criminal Law is extremely proud to welcome the following students to its membership for the 2016-2017 year:

Ashley Williams

Cassondra Murphy

Connor Kelley

Diana Curtis

Diana Vall-llobera

Emily Mordecai

Ethan Sachs

Isabel Tuz

Jennifer Davidson

Joseph Payne

Julia Maloney

Lauren Howes

Liesel Schapira

Matthew Kabak

Megan Moore

Natasha Pereira

Pauleen Troung

Samuel Yergin

Shanthi Rajagopalan

Tess Fardon

Tess Sewell

Additionally, VJCL is pleased to present its new masthead for the 2016-2017 board, which can be accessed through the following link: 2016-17_VJCL_Masthead Word-2_FINAL

VJCL Board Members and Dean Strang

(Published 03/24/16)

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, members of the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law board attended a small lunch discussion with Dean Strang and members of the Virginia Innocence Project Clinic prior to Mr. Strang’s public appearance in Caplin Auditorium. After providing his personal insights into the role of criminal law attorneys and the flaws of our current criminal justice system, Mr. Strang graciously agreed to take a photograph with VJCL’s attending board members.


From left to right: Ashley Clinton (current Editor-in-Chief); Allie Thornton (incoming Editor-in-Chief); Dean Strang; Julia Schast (incoming Managing Editor); Pauleen Truong (incoming Senior Articles Editor); Sabrine Tribie (Articles Editor); Casey Armstrong (Articles Development Editor). Attended but not pictured: Eric Teszler, Grace O’Donnell, Darryl Meigs, Teresa Hepler.



Alumnus Dean Strang Speaking at the University of Virginia Law School on March 23rd, 2016

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The Virginia Journal of Criminal Law is proud to announce that it will be welcoming Dean Strang, Class of 1985, to speak at the law school on Wednesday, March 23rd at 3:45pm in Caplin Auditorium!

In December 2015, Netflix released a 10-episode documentary series, filmed over 10 years, called “Making A  Murderer” that focused on the trial of a Wisconsin man named Steven Avery, as well as his nephew Brandon Dassey, for the murder of a young woman named Teresa Halbach. Mr. Strang was one of the lawyers hired to defend Mr. Avery in his criminal trial.

The nation-wide attention that the miniseries has garnered, and subsequent news broadcasts, has cast a spotlight onto Mr. Strang, who will discuss his career as a criminal defense attorney and his experience with the Avery case. Attendees must RSVP here.


2016 Symposium on White Collar Litigation a Rousing Success.

(Published 03/30/2016)

On February 16, 2016, the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law hosted its annual symposium, with this year’s keynote address delivered by Andrew Weissman, Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. The event was organized by VJCL’s Symposium Director Allie Thorton, who is now the incoming Editor-In-Chief of the journal for the 2016-2017 year. Thanks to Allie’s hard work throughout the year, we had a great turn-out to welcome all of the panelists.


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2016 VJCL Symposium: “Complex White Collar Litigation: Fraud and Compliance.”

(Published 01/27/2016)

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

9:30am – 2:15pm | Caplin Pavilion

Mark your calendars to attend the 2016 Symposium on the changing landscape of white collar litigation, sponsored by the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. Mr. Weissmann previously served as the director of the Enron Task Force and as General Counsel for the FBI.

From Enron to FIFA to Volkswagen, the Department of Justice has recently altered its approach to prosecuting white collar cases, thus dramatically changing the way defense attorneys and compliance officers are now preparing and defending their clients. The Symposium panelists and Mr. Weissmann will therefore discuss the impact of these adjustments to criminal prosecutions and their collateral effects on congressional investigations and civil suits.


Panel Guests:

Morning Panel

– Leslie Keirnan – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
– Joe Warin – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
– Alex Bourelly – Baker Botts LLP

Afternoon Panel:

– Mark Mendelsohn – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
– Tim Heaphy – Hunton & Williams
– Alex Rene – Ropes and Gray LLP

Schedule of Events:

9:30 AM – Breakfast
10:15 AM – Opening Remarks, Professor Stephen Braga
10:30 AM – Panel: White Collar Defense and Collateral Effects; Moderated by: Professor Stephen Braga

11:45 AM-12:00 PM: Break

12:00 PM – Lunch and Keynote Address: Andrew Weissmann
1:15 PM – Panel: Compliance and Ethics; Moderated by Professor Brandon Garrett

Access the facebook event here.


First Annual Movie Night

(Published 10/23/2015)

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law (VJCL) will be hosting a viewing of “12 Angry Men” (1957) at the University of Virginia Law School. As a timeless classic in the art of cinematography, the film also provides a thought-provoking perspective of the inner workings of a jury deciding on the guilt of a criminal defendant; a perspective rarely explored in such depth in what we think of today as crime dramas. Particularly in the context of criminal law, “12 Angry Men” is a compelling portrayal of the effects of just one reasonable man.

To attend this event, please RSVP to by Sunday, Nov. 1st.


 Fall 2015 Notes Pool

(Published 10/19/15)

VJCL is currently holding a student notes pool for our Summer 2016 volume, ending at 5:00pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Notes should be criminal law-related and around 8,500-10,000 words.

For more information see VJCL Notes Pool Info.



New Membership and Leadership Announced

(Published 04/05/2015)

On Monday, April 6, 2015, the Journal officially announced its new membership and leadership for the 2015-2016 academic year, as a result of 1L Journal Tryouts that occurred in February and March. The Journal welcomed twenty-five new members, and a new Executive Managing Board. Next year, the Journal will be run by rising-3Ls Ashley Clinton (Editor-in-Chief), Katie Bogle (Managing Editor), and Amelia Nemitz (Executive Editor), among others. Applications for unfilled (rising 2L) Managing Board positions are due Friday, April 10.

For a full list of the membership, visit our Membership page, or see the most recent Masthead.



Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases in Virginia

(Published 03/16/2015)

2On Monday, March 16, 2015, VJCL co-hosted an event with the organization OneLess on the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases in Virginia. Those in attendance heard from guest speakers, Carrene Walker ’08 who is an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Albemarle County, and Elizabeth Gomez, an Albemarle County Detective who specializes in sexual assault cases. These field experts discussed the processes and difficulties involved with investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases, especially those relevant to Albemarle County, Virginia. Topics discussed included the training required for detectives, the timing of complaints and charges, how witnesses are interviewed, issues regarding evidence recovery and PERKs (Physical Evidence Recovery Kits), among other topics, and the guests then took questions from the audience. It was an excellent and successful event on a very pertinent topic at UVA.




2015 VJCL Symposium: “The Future of Sentencing

(Published 03/03/2015)

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10:00am – 2:00pm | Caplin Pavilion

Professors, students, and local practitioners gathered in late February for the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law’s 2015 Symposium, focusing on the future of sentencing. Judge Jed Rakoff kicked off the symposium as keynote speaker and discussed the abolition of the federal sentencing guidelines. Judge Rakoff is a world renowned jurist who has presided over a number of landmark criminal cases, including a 2002 decision in which he declared the federal death penalty unconstitutional. His talk was followed by lunch, after which a panel of distinguished Virginian practitioners discussed Virginia’s sentencing practices.

Panel Guests:
– Meredith Farrar-Owens, Legislative Director of the Virginia Sentencing Commission
– Linda Bryant, Deputy Attorney General and Virginia Sentencing Commission member
– Steven Benjamin, Special Counsel to the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice (Judicial) Committee, a past President of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
– Professor John Mohahan, John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Schedule of Events:
9:30-10:00 Check In
10:15-10:30 Introductions
10:30-11:30 Keynote Address
11:30-12:00 Questions
12:00- 1:00 Lunch
1:00- 2:00 Virginia Sentencing Panel

Access the podcast of the afternoon panel here.

UVA Law website announcement: “Judge Rakoff to Speak at UVA Law Criminal Journal Symposium on Sentencing” (Feb. 18, 2015)



Welcome to the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law’s New Website!

(Published 08/20/2014)

The Virginia Journal of Criminal Law is excited to launch its new website! Stay up to date on journal events and announcements, published issues, and other developments in the world of criminal law by visiting us at, checking us out on Twitter (@VJCrimLaw), or “liking” us on Facebook (Virginia Journal of Criminal Law).

If you have any questions about the journal or would like to provide any constructive feedback about the new website, please shoot us an email at

Thanks for dropping by!


2014 VJCL Symposium: “Criminal Discovery in the Commonwealth”

(Published 02/26/2014)

crimlaw_514 (1)The Virginia Journal of Criminal Law held its annual symposium on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, with a keynote address from Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney for the Innocence Project at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. The symposium consisted of the keynote address, lunch, and two panel discussions on criminal discovery rules in Virginia.

Full Program of Events

Watch Nina Morrison’s keynote address here: Nina Morrison Discusses Michael Morton Case at UVA Criminal Law Symposium (YouTube)

UVA Law website announcement: UVA Law Symposium to Examine Criminal Discovery Rules and Practices in Virginia



2011 VJCL Symposium: “Retributive Justice and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship”Thursday, April 7, 2011

(Published 04/07/2011)


Presentation by: Dan Markel, Florida State University College of Law


Josh Bowers, University of Virginia School of Law
Michael Cahill, Brooklynn Law School
Antony Duff, University of Minnesota Law School













VCJL Founding – In the News

Mar 29 2010 — Students Launch New Criminal Law Journal, on UVA Law website

Jan 11, 2012 — New Criminal Law Journal, on CM Law Library Blog

Jan 26, 2012 — The New “Virginia Journal of Criminal Law”, on CrimProf Blog