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Appointment of UVA Independent Counsel


From AG Mark Herring's office:


This morning, Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson sent a letter to University of Virginia Board of Visitors Rector George Martin informing him that the firm of O'Melveny & Myers will serve as independent counsel to the Board regarding issues of sexual violence at the University of Virginia. The team is expected to include highly qualified and experienced attorneys including Walter DellingerDanielle Gray, and Apalla Chopra.


Below is a statement from Attorney General Mark Herring regarding the appointment of independent counsel:


“The University of Virginia community and all Virginians have been stunned by the horrific story Rolling Stone brought to light, as well as the apparent inadequacy of the University's response to this and other past reports of sexual violence. Charlottesville Police have been asked to handle any criminal investigations into this specific attack, but all other aspects of campus sexual violence, including how school officials handled this case, will be thoroughly and independently scrutinized. I have made it clear this will be an aggressive and consequential investigation and review. The safety of our students is too important to accept anything less than a full accounting of what happened and bold ideas to ensure that no student suffers the unimaginable trauma of sexual violence or the injustice of an inadequate institutional response.” 

  • “Not our reputation, not our success and not our history or our tradition. If there are systemic problems, they must be rooted out.”

  • “I was shocked by the Rolling Stone report of a brutal gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house whose victim has been essentially denied justice by the UVA administration. The fact that it took an article in Rolling Stone to bring this crime to the attention of the UVA officials is also shocking.”

    “Rape is a horrendous crime and should never be ignored.  Virginia colleges and universities have failed to protect our children.  We must institute zero-tolerance for sexual assaults on every campus starting now. We should also be ashamed of the apparent complicity of university officials in further victimizing the student who suffered through this attack. I join Minority Leader David Toscano in calling on the General Assembly to take strong action.”