For The Record

The past months have been marked by uncertainty and anxiety in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the appalling killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others have shocked our collective conscience. Combined, these events have created a turbulent background in which to celebrate our 150th anniversary.

Yet now, more than ever, is a vital time to honor an institution that works to advance the cause of justice. After all, justice is at the heart of all we do as a law school. And together, we’ve accomplished something pretty remarkable. We’ve built a community of lawyers who are fierce advocates for their clients; who give back to their communities; and who think critically and act ethically to serve our profession. The world needs great lawyers — and Richmond Law lawyers have risen to meet that need for the past 150 years.

Richmond Law is more than prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

The next 150 years will no doubt demand even more of our graduates, and we continue to innovate while maintaining our core excellence. We’ll launch two new signature programs this year in legal entrepreneurship and professional identity formation to provide our students with an even broader foundation of skills to tackle modern legal challenges. The two new professors leading these programs will join a faculty team that responded beautifully to the sudden challenge last semester of transitioning to an online learning environment. They supported our students and provided an exceptional legal education during trying times.

It’s people like these committed faculty members — and our loyal alumni, our hard-working staff and, of course, our exceptional students — who have made the Richmond Law community the special place it has been for the past century and a half.

In an end-of-year letter to our students this spring, I noted that the months ahead will continue to require great resilience and good will. We’ll need to be able to adapt quickly to changing situations, to offer creative solutions to new challenges, and to show grace and fortitude as we support one another. And we’ll need to work toward justice in our society and in our institutions. Luckily, I know that Richmond Law is more than prepared to meet the challenges ahead. Thank you for being a part of this community.

Here’s to the next 150.