The American Bar Association has released new law graduate employment data for the class of 2014 – and it’s good news for Richmond Law! 81.9 percent of our graduates found long-term, full-time employment in a position requiring bar passage, or a J.D. preferred, within 10 months after graduation, beating the national average of 71 percent. When it comes to employment rates across all categories, Richmond Law graduates come in at a strong 92.6 percent.
Valerie L’Herrou, director of Career Development for Public Sector Careers, L’06, and Brooke Taylor-Street, L’15, served on a panel at Virginia Union University, discussing the criminal justice system and indigent defense. Taylor-Street is a 2015 recipient of the law school’s Bridge to Practice fellowship. She will serve her fellowship at a regional office of the Public Defender in Richmond or Petersburg. L’Herrou was formerly an assistant public defender in the Charlottesville-Albemarle office.
Danielle Bringard, Shaun Freiman, Timothy Patterson, and Amy Whitelaw won the San Diego Defense Lawyers Trial Advocacy Competition! With their coach Kelly Bundy (L'13), our national champions defeated a total of 22 teams. The tournament coordinators were happy to report that in the 24 year history of the tournament no team had ever swept the competition the way the Richmond Team did, and they looked forward to seeing our team again in the years to come.
Congratulations to Dean Jim Gibson and Professor Chris Cotropia, whose articles were included in a study of the 25 most cited papers in intellectual property over the last 10 years. Professor Cotropia made 3 lists (9th for 2009-2013 for all types of IP, 6th for 2009-2013 in patent law, and 18th for 2009-2013 in patent law for a second article). Dean Gibson was noted for having the 8th most cited article for 2004-2008 for all types of IP.
Among Richmond Law's diverse class of 1Ls are nine students with graduate degrees, two with Ph.D.s, two with Top Secret security clearances, several with EMT certifications, and many with service backgrounds in the U.S. armed forces. Two students taught in China and France, and one student was a DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Test Practitioner. Meet the class of 2017!