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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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