Dean’s Letter to the Class of 2024

Dean’s Letter to the Class of 2024

Dear Graduates, It is with great pride and immense pleasure that I extend my heartfelt congratulations to each of you, the distinguished members of the Appalachian School of Law's 25th graduating class. As we...

ASL is Proud to Announce Our Class of 2024 Valedictorian, Shawn Smith

ASL is Proud to Announce Our Class of 2024 Valedictorian, Shawn Smith

Congratulations on your incredible achievement and contribution to the world. Shawn Smith is a distinguished leader whose expertise in operational management and strategic planning has profoundly impacted the...

Year In Review

Year In Review

As commencement approaches, we reflect on the year we have had at Appalachian school of law. Victories, growth, and legacy.  Let’s look back at 2023-2024. In August and January, we welcomed our new 1L...

ASL Commencement Address To Be Given By Mr. Kevin Carson

ASL Commencement Address To Be Given By Mr. Kevin Carson

The Appalachian School of Law Class of 2024 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. in the Riverview Elementary/Middle School gymnasium. A class of 39 students will end their...

Casa Awards for ASL Students

Casa Awards for ASL Students

Our local CASA chapter has a great relationship with our students at Appalachian School of Law.  Thursday, April 25, two of our students were presented with awards for their dedication and love for the children of...

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims at ASL

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims at ASL

On April 3rd 2024 ASL had the honor of hosting a distinguished panel from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, including Chief Judge Margaret Bartley, Judge Grant Jaquith, and Judge Amanda Meredith. Our...

1L Moot Court Tournament

1L Moot Court Tournament

During the week of April 8th, 2024, Judges and legal employers widely recognize moot court as a law school activity that prepares students for the practice of law. The ASL students in Legal Process II recently had...

AppalReD Legal Aid at ASL

AppalReD Legal Aid at ASL

The Appalachian School of Law was honored to host an enlightening presentation by The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., known as “AppalReD Legal Aid,” on Friday, March 22 during Professor...

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims at Appalachian School of Law

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims at Appalachian School of Law

We are honored to welcome the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to Appalachian School of Law on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024.  This is a unique opportunity for our students and staff to hear oral...

SBA Election

SBA Election

Appalachian School of Law is proud to introduce our newest Student Bar Association Officers, Justices, and Senators. According to Americanbar.org, Student Bar Associations are an integral part of the Law Student...

Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court

Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court

Update:  The Appalachian School of Law Child Welfare Moot Court Team did the school proud by making it to the elimination rounds at the Capital competition. The team will use this experience to set their sites...

Space Law Moot Court

Space Law Moot Court

Joshua Marant (2L), Richard Rundle (2L), and Emma Walpole Lassiter (2L) made it to the semifinals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and won Best New Team. It was an impressive 20-school field...

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg March is Women’s History Month. In the Article “See Her, Hear Her: The...

AWILS Cinderella’s Closet

AWILS Cinderella’s Closet

Appalachian School of Law’s student group, Appalachian Women in Law Society (AWILS), is partnering with the Grundy Womans Club to provide formal wear to students in Buchanan County.  Donations are being accepted...

Notes from Laurent Stewart

Notes from Laurent Stewart

Some Black History Month closing remarks from our BLSA President, Lauren Stewart: Beginning in 1976, Black History Month was enacted to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in...

A Note from Justice Cleo Powell

A Note from Justice Cleo Powell

Greetings and Happy Black History Month to my ASL Family, For the entire month of February, all across America schools, churches, clubs, even the Super Bowl, studied and paid tribute to the contributions African...

ASL at NYC Moot Court

ASL at NYC Moot Court

Today, two bright Appalachian School of Law students, Tyler Starnes 3L and Meredith Waugh 3L, travel to New York City to compete in the 2024 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition...

Dean’s List Fall 2023

Dean’s List Fall 2023

Appalachian School of Law is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the Fall semester, 2023. The Dean's List is comprised of all full-time students who have completed at least 30 credit hours of numerically-graded...

IHL Clara Barton Competition Contestants

IHL Clara Barton Competition Contestants

This past fall, as many students were preparing for finals, three of our students at Appalachian School of Law were setting up a table in the library to tackle an entry assignment for the American Red Cross’s...

Intraschool Moot Court Competition

Intraschool Moot Court Competition

Near the conclusion of the fall semester, students in the Appellate Advocacy Courses took part in an intraschool Moot Court Competition. Students had the option of arguing a Criminal Law issue or an Environmental...

2024 Spring Orientation Begins!

2024 Spring Orientation Begins!

Today marked the beginning of orientation for our spring-start students.  One of the many ways Appalachian School of Law sets itself apart from other programs is the option to begin your J.D. journey in the fall...

Appalachian School of Law’s Third annual Giving Day is now! 

Appalachian School of Law’s Third annual Giving Day is now! 

TODAY IS THE DAY! Appalachian School of Law’s Third annual Giving Day is now!  Hear why this piece of heart in Appalachia can use your gifts to make dreams come true. “A donation to Appalachian School of...

Appalachian School of Law’s third annual Giving day is nearly here!

Appalachian School of Law’s third annual Giving day is nearly here!

Follow the link below to give now and hear exactly why ASL will use these funds to make a difference. GIVE...

Blackwell Inn Chapter of Phi Delta Phi 23’-24’

Blackwell Inn Chapter of Phi Delta Phi 23’-24’

Introducing the Blackwell Inn Chapter of Phi Delta Phi 23’-24’ members. The International Legal Honor Society, Phi Delta Phi, was established in 1869 at the University of Michigan. The oldest, and most notable,...

Christmas Tree Lighting 2023

Christmas Tree Lighting 2023

Today our faculty, students, and staff gathered in the Lions Lounge of the Appalachian School of Law for a luncheon and tree lighting/decorating.  The Shack catered the luncheon as everyone talked, laughed, hung...

AWILS Paint N’ Sip Event

AWILS Paint N’ Sip Event

In celebration of breast cancer awareness month, the Appalachian Women in Law Society (AWILS) hosted a Paint N’ Sip event. The SBA provided funds for food and supplies. Proceeds from this event were used to...

ASL Professor Dawn Figueiras Publishes New Article On Building A Professional Identity

ASL Professor Dawn Figueiras Publishes New Article On Building A Professional Identity

ASL Professor Dawn Figueiras published a new article on the University of St. Thomas’ Holloran Center Professional Identity Implementation Blog on July 26, 2023. This article, “One Year Later: An Update on One...

ASL Receives Virginia Law Foundation Grant

ASL Receives Virginia Law Foundation Grant

Appalachian School of Law is proud to announce that we are a Virginia Law Foundation 2023 Grant recipient. With an award of $25,000 in support of our Medical-Legal Partnership, a collaboration with Ballad...

Colonel David “D.J.” Western Appointed as Interim President & Dean of Appalachian School of Law

Colonel David “D.J.” Western Appointed as Interim President & Dean of Appalachian School of Law

On behalf of the Honorable Jerry Kilgore, Chairman of the ASL Board of Trustees: The Appalachian School of Law (ASL) is proud to announce the appointment of Colonel David “D.J.” Western as the Interim...

ASL is pleased to welcome Kathryn “Katie” Mooney Gallagher as Director of Career Services on July 5, 2023.

ASL is pleased to welcome Kathryn “Katie” Mooney Gallagher as Director of Career Services on July 5, 2023.

Katie is a 2009 graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In 2012, Katie earned her J.D. from Appalachian School of Law where she held a position as a Court Appointed Special...

ASL Student Wins Second Place in Family Law Writing Competition

ASL Student Wins Second Place in Family Law Writing Competition

Ashley Stricklen, a third-year student at ASL, recently won second place in the Family Law Writing Competition sponsored by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Chapter of the American...

Appalachian School of Law’s Commencement Celebration Honors Graduating Class of 2023

Appalachian School of Law’s Commencement Celebration Honors Graduating Class of 2023

On May 13, 2023, the Appalachian School of Law (ASL) held a remarkable commencement celebration to honor the graduating class of 2023.  The ceremony was a seamless and joyous send-off for the accomplished students...

ASL Graduates Rank Second in Overall Virginia Bar Passage

ASL Graduates Rank Second in Overall Virginia Bar Passage

Practice Focused, Prepared to Serve — Appalachian School of Law (ASL) continues to uphold its professional and educational aspirations by producing impressive results in the February 2023 administration of the...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Holds Court at Appalachian School of Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Holds Court at Appalachian School of Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held a special session of court at the Appalachian School of Law on April 13.  The Fourth Circuit sits by invitation at “Law School Sessions”...