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Perdue named new UR Law School dean

Wendy Collins Perdue, an associate dean and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, has been named the next dean of University of Richmond’s School of Law, effective July 1.
 
A prolific scholar of civil procedure and conflict of laws, as well as land use and public health, Perdue has served at Georgetown since 1982. Upon graduation from Duke Law School, she clerked for Anthony M. Kennedy, then a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge and now associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She went on to practice law in Washington, D.C., before joining Georgetown’s law faculty.
 
She succeeds John G. Douglass, Richmond law dean since 2008 and a professor of law at the school since 1996.
 
“Wendy Perdue is a creative, accomplished dean, recognized nationally for scholarship and her academic leadership at Georgetown Law,” said Stephen Allred, Richmond’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, in announcing Perdue’s appointment. “She will work closely with our law school faculty, staff and students to take the University of Richmond Law School to a higher level. She was the clear first choice of our stakeholders, and we’re delighted she will be joining us this summer.”
 
Perdue expressed enthusiasm for the challenges that Richmond’s law school and legal education face in the coming years.
 
“There are many changes happening in the legal profession, and legal services will be delivered in many different ways, but I believe the need for well educated lawyers will continue to be strong,” Perdue said. “The best lawyers combine intellect with imagination, and rigorous analysis with an understanding of human complexity.”
 
“Richmond is uniquely well situated to respond to today’s challenges in legal education. It combines the rigor and intensity of a nationally recognized faculty of scholars with the individual attention that a small school can offer. It integrates theory and practice through its many clinics and tradition of community engagement, and it builds on the many strengths of an integrated, interdisciplinary university.”
 
Perdue has held increasing responsibilities at Georgetown Law since chairing the law school’s long-range planning committee in 1997-98. She became associate dean for research in 1998, then for the J.D. program from 1999-2004. In 2005, she was appointed associate dean for graduate law programs, adding responsibility for the J.D. program again last year. She has served on university committees for finance, mission statement, capital campaign, and rank and tenure.
 
While a member of Georgetown Law faculty, she also was vice-chair of the Montgomery County (Maryland) planning board, the governing board of a state agency with annual operating and capital budgets of more than $100 million.
 
In the legal profession, Perdue is vice president of Order of the Coif, the legal education honor society. She has served the Association of American Law Schools as chair of its membership review committee, the sections on civil procedure and conflict of laws, and as a member of the nominations committee. Perdue also served on the Duke Law School board of visitors and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Education.
 
She has published two books, two book chapters and 19 journal articles in her legal specialties.
 
Perdue earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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