Past Events


The Capitalist Dilemma: Disruptive Technology in a Recovering Economy

posted Feb 13, 2013, 7:45 AM by Jacob Hasler   [ updated Feb 15, 2013, 12:10 PM ]


In mid February, we were privileged to invite Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School to address a packed audience in Caplin Pavilion. Christensen explained his theories on sustaining, disruptive, and efficiency innovations and the implications these theories have on America's economic recovery. In a fireside that evening, Christensen and his wife, Christine, spoke about his recently published book: How Will You Measure Your Life? The event was sponsered in partnership with the Darden LDS Student Association, the Darden Business Design Club, and the Law and Business Program.

Defending Senator Stevens: Fairness in Prosecuting the Law

posted Feb 4, 2013, 10:54 AM by Jacob Hasler   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 11:00 AM ]

To kick of the spring semester, we teamed up with the Federalist Society and invited Robert Cary '90, a partner at Williams and Connolly, to speak to the law school about fairness in prosecuting the law. In 2008, Cary served as counsel to Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska and defended him against charges of corruption. Though the jury found Senator Stevens guilty of the charges, a Justice Department probe uncovered that the prosecution had systematically concealed evidence that would have corroborated the senator's defense, and the indictment was dismissed. 



Service Project: Monticello Trails

posted Jan 1, 2013, 3:31 PM by Jacob Hasler

On November 9th we took a study break to help with fall gardening at Jefferson's Menticello Estate. The full-time volunteers had us mulch flowerbeds, plant tulip bulbs, clear out seasonal plants, and even harvest seeds for sale in the gift shop. Afterwards we were treated to a private tour of the estate and enjoyed donuts and cider. We hope to make this event a tradition.

Wahoos Your Daddy? . . . and Other Sporting Events

posted Jan 1, 2013, 3:30 PM by Jacob Hasler   [ updated Jan 17, 2013, 5:34 PM ]

The 2012 fall semester had its share of epic sporting moments. To start it off, 12 RELLS members conquered the DC Ragnar Relay--a 200 mile race starting in Cumberland,  MD and finishing at the DC Harbor. Next, we made it to the softball semi-finals in the law school tournament with 10 home runs in our quarter-final win. To top if off, the RELLS football team won the law school's first ever flag football series.    

Heidi Hubbard & Dane Butswinkas

posted Jan 1, 2013, 3:21 PM by Jacob Hasler   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 3:33 PM ]

In early November, Heidi Hubbard and Dane Butswinkas, partners at Williams and Connolly, shared some of their advice for aspiring attorneys in an informal evening of stories and questions. Relating experiences from their own practice, Heidi and Dane focused on lessons that they have learned along the way, such as the importance of treating everyone with respect, remaining humble, sticking to your beliefs, and always working hard. 

Film: Anonymous Father's Day

posted Jan 1, 2013, 3:06 PM by Jacob Hasler   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 3:32 PM ]

In October, RELLS teamed with
The Health Law Association, the St. Thomas More Society, Advocates for Life, the Law Christian Fellowship, and Virginia Law Families to present an award winning independent documentary on the legal and ethical issues surrounding anonymous sperm donation. Following the film, Producer and Director Jennifer Lahl together with Kathleen Sloan, of the National Organization of Women, fielded questions about the film.

Judge Thomas Griffith: "Congress and Executive Privilege"

posted Jan 1, 2013, 12:00 PM by Jacob Hasler   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 11:03 AM ]

As one of the first events of the 2012 fall semester, Judge Thomas Griffith of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit paid a visit to UVA, giving two presentations. Shortly after arriving , Judge Griffith addressed RELLS members and their spouses in an evening fireside. He shared his story of studying at UVA,  pursuing a career in the law, and ultimately obtaining a judicial appointment. 

The following day, RELLS, together with the Federalist Society, hosted a school-wide event in which Judge Griffith spoke on the shifting power balance he has observed between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

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