Socioeconomic Integration and the Greater Richmond School District: The Feasibility of Interdistrict Consolidation

Barry Gabay *

Stark disparities in public education within the Greater Richmond area are commonplace and have been for over a century. Richmond Public Schools primarily consist of an impoverished student body attending dilapidated schools. Meanwhile Richmond’s bordering suburban counties, Chesterfield and Henrico, generally enjoy state-of-the-art learning facilities attended by far more economically diverse student bodies. Today’s inequities can only be understood with recognition of a history of institutionalized segregation in the Richmond area—a history that is ingrained within the municipal offices, along the public transportation system, and, especially, inside the schools. The problem is that in the Richmond area, a child’s place of residence, rather than his academic aptitude, greatly determines his educational ceiling, and the setup of local governments within Virginia inflames the problem.

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Police Body Cameras: Implementation with Caution, Forethought, and Policy

Dru S. Letourneau *

On August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, on a Ferguson, Missouri street. The incident immediately ignited protests in the Ferguson area. Several of these demonstrations included rioting, looting, and violence. In response, officials used force, military-style tactics, and military-grade weapons. In November 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called the National Guard to attempt to restore order and keep the peace.

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Law, Universities, and the Challenge of Moving a Graveyard

Dean Wendy Collins Perdue *

The last five years have been difficult ones for American legal education. With applications to law schools declining 40% nationally, many schools are struggling to maintain quality in the face of significant budgetary pressures. But one component of the legal-education world has been robust: there is a boom market in books, articles, reports, websites, and blogs filled with criticism and even anger at the current state of legal education.

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Introducing the University of Richmond Law Review Online Edition

P. Thomas DiStanislao III

Carter R. Nichols

In the spring of 1958, William T. Muse, Dean of the T.C. Williams School of Law, introduced the first volume of the University of Richmond Law Notes by stating that it was “purposefully a modest beginning,” which he hoped would “be of some value to lawyers of Virginia.”[1] As the University of Richmond Law Review celebrates its fiftieth volume, we hope to undertake a similar endeavor by launching our Online Edition.

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Dedication to Dean Timothy L. Coggins

W. Clark Williams, Jr.

At the close of the 2014–15 academic year, the law school will say goodbye to one of our most valued faculty colleagues and administrative leaders, as Associate Dean for Library and Information Services Timothy Coggins retires. Dean Coggins has made some of the most significant contributions in recent memory to the enhanced stature of the law school. His impact has been deep and profound, not only within the law library and the delivery of information services, but more broadly throughout the law school community.

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Tribute to Gail F. Zwirner

Paul M. Birch

When Gail Zwirner joined the law library staff in 1998, many of us had already gotten to know her well during her decade across town as a librarian for Hunton & Williams and particularly through her active involvement in the Virginia Association of Law Libraries (“VALL”). This mutual familiarity probably eased her career transition from law firm to law school librarian. At any rate, in her seventeen years at the University of Richmond School of Law, Gail has demonstrated in every way how to excel in academic law librarianship: as an information provider, as a teacher, as an administrator, and as a colleague.

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Does the Right to Elective Abortion Include the Right to Ensure the Death of the Fetus?

Stephen G. Gilles *

The Supreme Court of the United States describes a woman‘s constitutional right to an elective abortion as a right to terminate her pregnancy prior to viability. That description begs a question that may someday be as important in practice as it is in principle: whether the right to an elective abortion includes the right to ?

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Housing Resources Bundles: Distributive Justice and Federal Low-Income Housing Policy

John J. Infranca *

Less than one in four income-eligible households receives some form of rental assistance from the federal government. In contrast with other prominent public benefit programs—including Temporary Aid to Needy Families (“TANF”) and unemployment insurance—no time limit is placed on the assistance provided through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (“HUD”) three major sources of rental assistance: public housing, housing choice vouchers, and Section 8 project-based rental assistance. Recipients of federal rental assistance can continue to receive benefits as long as they satisfy eligibility requirements. Two of the most prominent forms of rental assistance—housing choice vouchers and public housing—typically have long waiting lists that are frequently closed to new applicants.

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