The Synopsis

The Synopsis connects faculty experts with timely legal issues. The goal of these quick video clips is to give our students, alumni, and community better insight into the topical issues that shape the legal landscape – and our society. We invite Richmond Law professors to unpack everything from Supreme Court opinions to recent legislation. Watch the videos below, see more on The Synopsis YouTube playlist, and stay tuned for new additions to the series.


Watch as Prof. Tara Casey unpacks the key takeaways from Virginia's 2021 General Assembly session - and new laws going into effect.

The Britney Spears Conservatorship

Prof. Allison Tait unpacks the Britney Spears conservatorship in this episode of The Synopsis. What is a conservatorship? What rights does Britney Spears have - or not have? What's next? Watch as Prof. Tait addresses these questions and more.

Mahanoy Area School Dist. v. B. L.

On this episode of The Synopsis, Prof. Jud Campbell unpacks the Supreme Court Ruling in Mahanoy Area School Dist. v. B. L. This case assessed schools' ability to regulate student speech on social media. Watch to learn more.

Terry V. United States

Professor Erin Collins explores the history of crack cocaine sentencing as well as the First Step Act in this Synopsis video on Terry v. the United States.

California v. Texas

Prof. Kevin Walsh breaks down the Supreme Court decision in California v. Texas. Watch to learn more about the 7-2 ruling.