On this Date in 1979

On March 2, 1979, the Virginia General Assembly approved “An Act to authorize the establishment of a Law School at George Mason University”:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

§ 1.   . . . . [T]he Board of Visitors of George Mason University is authorized to establish a school of law in the University and to confer the Juris Doctor degree from such school.

§ 2.   The authorization for the establishment of such school of law shall be contingent upon the conveyance to the Rector and Visitors of George Mason University the building situated on property owned by the George Mason University Foundation Inc., located at 3401 North Fairfax Drive, in the county of Arlington .  .  .  .

1979 Va. Acts 182, 191.

GMUSL Supreme Court Clinic in the News

The Law School’s Supreme Court Clinic, a partnership with Wiley Rein LLP, has been featured in a recent Associated Press story published in a number of news sources including the Washington Post, Fox News.com, and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.  GMU students worked on the case Wood v. Milyard (No. 10-9995) argued on Monday. 

Briefs for this case, and other Supreme Court cases (October 2003 Term - present), are available on the American Bar Association’s United States Supreme Court Preview page.  An audio recording of the argument will be posted on the Court’s Argument Audio page after tomorrow’s Conference.  The Court website provides access to argument recordings 2010 – present and Argument Transcripts  2000 – present.

Congratulations Graduates!

The library staff congratulates all 2011 George Mason University School of Law Graduates!  

Please remember that GMUSL graduates retain full library privileges through September, including checking out books, reserving study rooms, use of the computer labs etc.  After that, you are welcome to use our resources in the library, including our publicly available electronic databases.

Why not take advantage of your continued library privileges now?  Here are some titles that you might find valuable as you transition from law student to attorney (for others, please consult our catalog): 

Deborah Epstein Henry, Law & Reorder: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance   KF315 .H46 2010

Ursula Furi-Perry, Your First Year as a Lawyer Revealed: Secrets, Opportunities, and Success!  KF297 .F873 2010

Gerald G. Goldberg, Practical Lawyering: the Skills You Did Not Learn in Law School  KF300 .G64 2009

Carl Horn III, Lawyerlife: Finding a Life and a Higher Calling in the Practice of Law  KF297 .H67 2003

Class of 2011:  We wish you much success in your new endeavors!!

Journal Write-on Meeting

The George Mason Law Review, Civil Rights Law Journal, Journal of Law,Economics & Policy, and Journal of International Commercial Law will host two write-on competition information sessions. Journal editors encourage all students to attend one of the sessions. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Date and Times: Tuesday, April 5th. One session will be at 12pm in Room 121. The other will be at 8pm in Room 225.

Supreme Court Clinic to begin Fall 2011

George Mason School of Law is launching a Supreme Court Clinic in partnership with the DC firm Wiley Rein LLP. The Clinic will begin Fall 2011 to provide pro bono legal representation before the United States Supreme Court. Students will work with Wiley Rein attorneys to identify cases of interest, research legal issues, and draft Supreme Court briefs on behalf of parties and amici at the certiorari and merits stages. The Supreme Court Clinic will be directed by Wiley Rein attorneys William S. Consovoy and Thomas R. McCarthy. 

For details about the Clinic and the application process, attend an information session with the directors on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00 in Room 329 or look for instructions on the listservs in April.  

Wiley Rein’s press release is here.