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Virginia’s “Right-to-Work” Amendment: Nothing Has Changed

By: Kelsey Dolin

On November 8th, 2016, Virginians not only cast their ballots for the next president and other elected officials, but also lent their voices to two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution. Voters decided against a right-to-work amendment and approved an amendment exempting the spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty from property taxes.

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William & Mary Law Alumna Elizabeth Howard ‘09 Appointed as Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Elections

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The Law School is honored to report that Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed 2009 William & Mary Law alumna Elizabeth Howard J.D. ‘09 as Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Elections in Richmond. Prior to this appointment, Howard worked as General Counsel at Rock the Vote, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young people in politics. Before Rock the Vote, Howard worked as a Senior Associate at Sandler Reiff in Washington, DC, where she specialized in election law working tirelessly, for example, on the recount team for Mark Herring for Attorney General and earlier on the recount team for Lynwood Lewis whose state Senate special election decided control of the Virginia State Senate.

As a student at William & Mary Law School, Howard co-founded the Election Law Society in 2006, a thriving student group that organizes numerous events at the law school on politics and election law, including its annual Election Law Symposium. As a professional, Howard remains involved with the Election Law Society and generous mentor to many William & Mary Election Law Society students and recent grads. In 2014, Howard received the Society’s Alumnus of the Year Award for her work in the field and dedication to forwarding the interests of the Election Law Society.


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