Category Archives: Law Commentary

W&L International Law Expert Examines Russia’s Responsibility for Downed Malaysia Flight (Video)

Mark Drumbl, professor of law, Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee law professor and international law expert Mark Drumbl says tragic downing of Malaysia Flight 17 raises some serious questions for international law, such as whether Russia can be held responsible for the activities of the pro-Russian militia in Ukraine.

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Jost: Courts Won’t Void the Affordable Care Act Over Semantics

Timothy Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

Timothy S. Jost, the Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law at Washington and Lee's School of Law, published a guest column in the July 10, 2014, Washington Post about lawsuits asking the courts to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. Jost concludes the lawsuits will not succeed.

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W&L's Massie Discusses Separation of Church and State on WMRA's "Virginia Insight" Show

Ann Massie

Ann Massie, professor emeritus at W&L's School of Law, has long been fascinated by the phrase "the separation of church and state"—both by the history of the concept and its practice in American law. Since a recent Supreme Court decision has added new urgency to the issue, she shared her scholarly findings on NPR affiliate WMRA's "Virginia Insight" show on Thursday, May 29.

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W&L Law's Chris Seaman on the Supreme Court Decision in Campaign Finance Case (Audio)

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In this audio, Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, provides background on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission and assesses its impact.

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W&L Law Prof. Jill Fraley on 'Acts of God' in NYT Room For Debate

Jill Fraley, assistant professor of law, Washington and Lee University

Typhoon Haiyan didn't surprise anyone, so should government officials in the Philippines be held responsible for not doing more to prepare the country for the storm's onslaught?

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W&L Law's Russ Miller Discusses German Reaction to NSA Spying (Audio)

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What are the differences between the German and United States views of surveillance?

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W&L Law Professor Chris Seaman on the Supreme Court's Campaign Finance Case (Audio)

Christopher Seaman

Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law, discusses the Supreme Court case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

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W&L International Law Expert Discusses Syria (Audio)

Mark Drumbl, professor of law, Washington and Lee University

Mark Drumbl, director of the Transnational Institute at Washington and Lee's School of Law, sees Iraq's shadow on decisions about action in Syria.

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Commentary: A Prosecutor's Response to "Too Much, Too Many"

Christopher Russell, Commonwealth's Attorney and adjunct professor at W&L Law.

Christopher Russell, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Buena Vista, Virginia and director of the public prosecutor's externship program at W&L Law, offers his thoughts on the recent feature story in the W&L Law alumni magazine addressing overcriminalization in the U.S.

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W&L Law Prof. Michelle Drumbl Discusses IRS Sequester Cuts in Federal Times

Michelle Drumbl, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic, Washington and Lee University School of Law

A recent Freedom of Information act request from the "Federal Times" turned up an IRS planning document that predicts sequester-related budget cuts will result in billions of lost revenue.

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