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Barbara E. Armacost

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 1989
M.T.S. Regent College of the University of British Columbia 1984
B.S. University of Virginia 1976

In the fall of 1992, Barbara Armacost returned to the Law School from which she graduated to become a member of the faculty. She teaches civil rights litigation, criminal investigation, torts and First Amendment (religion clauses).

Armacost became a lawyer after several years in the nursing profession. During those years, she served as a head nurse in the cardiovascular unit at the University of Virginia Hospital and worked as a volunteer in a mission hospital in La Pointe, Haiti. In 1984 she earned a master's degree in theological studies from Regent College at the University of British Columbia. Her work earned her the Master of Theological Studies Proficiency Award and the Ethics Award for Academic Excellence.

Armacost subsequently worked as a paralegal before entering the Law School in 1986. While earning her J.D., she was honored here with the Thomas Marshall Miller Prize, Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prize and election to the Order of the Coif. She also served as notes editor of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The following two years she served as attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

LAW 6007: Torts
Credits: 4
The course examines liability for civil wrongs that do not arise out of contract. It explores three standards of conduct: liability for intentional wrongdoing, negligence, and liability without fault, or strict liability, and other issues associated with civil liability, such as causation, damages, and defenses. Battery, medical malpractice, products liability, and tort reform will also be covered.
LAW 7017: Constitutional Law II: Religious Liberty
Credits: 3
This course examines the two clauses in the Bill of Rights which define and safeguard religious freedom - the one barring laws "respecting an establishment of religion" and the other protecting the "free exercise of religion." Is Mutually Exclusive with Religious Liberty Prerequisite: LAW 6001 - Constitutional Law
LAW 7019: Criminal Investigation
Credits: 3
This course examines the constitutional jurisprudence that regulates the government's investigation of crime and apprehension of criminal suspects. In particular, the course will focus on the doctrines by which the judiciary polices the police, including the primary remedy (suppression of evidence) for police misconduct.
LAW 7766: Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (SC)
Credits: 1
An introduction to Christian perspectives on legal thought covering a variety of topics, including the influence of Christianity on the development of the American legal tradition and topics of contemporary policy relevance.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 9112: Trials of the Century:Literary & Legl Represntatns of Great Criminal Trials
Credits: 3
This seminar examines a number of famous criminal trials and explores what commonalities, if any, are shared by those trials that capture our cultural imagination. The focus is on rhetorical and narrative strategies for representing the facts, as well as the legal rules, adversarial norms, and ideological stakes in such trials.
LAW 9311: Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore current issues in criminal justice.