Powell in ABA Journal Article

This photo of Justice Powell   and mention of his changing idea of the death penalty appear in the August 2012 edition of ABA Journal.  They are in a sidebar to a story about death row convict advocate Christina Swarns.  (Photo by Stuart T. Wagner for the Richmond Times Dispatch.)

Morrill Act and Virginia Higher Education

This month we note the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Morrill Act by the Congress of the United States.   The act, which enabled the establishment of land-grant colleges and universities, was accepted by the Virginia loyalist legislature in 1864.  It was not until 1872, however, that Virginia gave land-grant status to what are now Virginia Tech and Virginia State universities.  See the pages below from the Charles E. Burks Collection volume of the Acts of Assembly, Special Session 1872.



“This Land Is Your Land”


The Society of American Archivists observed the 100th anniversary this month of the birth of  iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie with a story about the Woody Guthrie Archives.  Little known W&L Law fact: Tiffany Colannino, the Guthrie archivist, is the niece of Prof. Mark Drumbl.  If you find that connection surprising, what about a link between Woody, Johnny Depp and Douglas Brinkley?