Legal Research Certification 2019 Materials Now Online

If you weren’t able to make it to the event on 3/16 (the best attended ever!), or if you were there but want a refresher, you can review materials from the program online at

There you’ll find video recordings of each of the day’s presentations and panel discussions, including the presenters’ slides via Tegrity. Also included are links to handouts and lesson plans, and to many of the online resources that were discussed in the sessions on dockets, practice materials, and more.

Please note that the guide is password protected in order to restrict access to the W&L Law community. Law students may find the password here (alphabetically under Spring Into Summer Success).

We hope you’ll find the online guide helpful, both as you’re preparing for your job now and when you’re working this summer. Please remember that your librarians are here and happy to help as we’re able. You may reach out to any of us individually or at our general reference email address,

The Fresh Prince of W&L Law

Above, Prince Dimitri George Sidamon-Eristoff as a second year law student at Washington and Lee University in 1924. On the right is the registration information from Sidamon-Eristoff’s first year of law school.


The year 1922 brought royalty to the Washington and Lee University School of Law student body in the person of Georgian Prince Dimitri Sidamon-Eristoff. Charles Moser, who was United States Consul to several countries, including Georgia, and who had “special detail” at Constantinople, arranged for visas for 3 Georgian princes (Simon, Dimitri, and Pierre) to travel to the US in 1921.  Moser would also provide passage for Dimitri’s sister Xenia and her mother to come the US.  Moser married Xenia in 1923. Moser already owned a house in Lexington, and they lived there. He suggested to Dimitri that he study law at W&L.  Dimitri had extensive law training in St. Petersburg and spoke English well.

A “Russian Student Fund” (RSF) was set up by several wealthy Americans and the Russian Provisional Government’s Ambassador to the US, Bakhmeteff, to help White Russian emigres get a quality education with an eye toward creating better US-Russian relations if the Bolsheviks regime would collapse.  The RSF encouraged a number of United States universities and colleges to offer scholarships to the most promising emigres, supplemented by funds from the RSF.  Dimitri and Simon, (and perhaps Pierre as well) were among the first recipients of those scholarships.

Sidamon-Eristoff was a member of Phi Beta Kappa when he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1925. On February 20, 1926, he delivered an address in New York City to the American Foreign Law Association on the workings of Soviet law. It was published as Principles of  Russian Soviet Law.

He practiced law for many years in Brooklyn, NY. On his death, his son George (B.A. Washington and Lee 1953) wrote, ‘I regret to inform you that “The Prince,” known as “The Iron Man” to some, passed away Oct. 22nd, 1969. He had a long and good life. And while every man has his regrets, he, perhaps, had fewer than most.’

For details of the remarkable story of Eristoff’s life before he came to the United States, see Doug Harwood’s story on page 50 of the April 2019 edition of his monthly newspaper, The Rockbridge Advocate.
Thanks to Richard Bidlack, Martin and Brooke Stein Professor of History at W&L, for bringing Sidamon-Eristoff to my attention and providing biographical information. Special thanks to Jane Smith of University Development and Lisa McCown of Leyburn Library Special Collections.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: Discussion & Reception, 3/27

Join members of the W&L Law faculty to discuss Just Mercy, the bestselling true story of a lawyer exonerating the wrongly convicted and representing society’s most vulnerable through the perils of our justice system. From 5:00pm to 6:30pm in Law Classroom A on Wednesday, March 27. An informal reception with light hors d’oeuvres will follow in the Moot Court Lobby. Hosted by the W&L Law Library and open to all members of the W&L community and public. Featuring perspectives from W&L Law professors:

The author of Just Mercy, public interest lawyer and NYU professor Bryan Stevenson, will deliver the keynote address at W&L Law’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Free New York Times & Wall Street Journal Access

The Law Library is glad to announce full online access to New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The new digital subscriptions are free of charge to all W&L Law School users.

To sign up for your free individual account with either or both newspapers, register at the following links using your valid email address (students must be currently enrolled at W&L Law):

We hope that you enjoy these resources and are happy to make them available to you. If the Law Library could help with your access or use, please just let us know.

Spring Into Summer Success: Legal Research Certification – Sat. 3/16

Sign up today to attend W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Saturday, March 16, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Classroom A. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – lunch provided.

You’ll learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Instructional sessions taught by our W&L Law librarians will cover legal research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including specialized practice materials, news and awareness, litigation and transactional resources, and more. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law is also a focus.

The program includes panel discussions and presentations with insights on legal research and professional success from experienced practitioners and instructors:

  • Ian Huyett ’18L, Judicial Law Clerk, Augusta Co. Circuit Court
  • Sills O’Keefe ’18L, Mann Vita & Elrod LLC
  • Lorna Port ’14L, Ass’t Commonwealth’s Attorney, Augusta Co.
  • Profs. Christensen, Mart-Rice & Runge, W&L Law Library
  • Jesse Butler, Bloomberg BNA
  • Sabrina Chester ’13L, LexisNexis
  • Denise Stewart, Westlaw/Thomson Reuters

All attendees will earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers.

Please email Prof. Andrew Christensen at to reserve your place.