UVA Law School Graduated Lying Law Student

M. Catharine Evans
Johnathan Perkins, the lying law student, caused quite a commotion last May after admitting he falsely accused University of Virginia police of racial profiling and harassment. Now he claims to have graduated from the prestigious UVA School of Law. According to a resume posted online dated September 20 and his LinkedIn profile, Perkins received his law degree in 2011.  

Johnathan Perkins graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. At present, he serves as a Legal Intern at Robinson & Geraldo Attorneys at Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Assisting the practice groups that focus on family law, personal injury, civil rights, and immigration, he performs research and prepares written documents.

From LinkedIn :

With a passion for justice and social equality, Johnathan Perkins studied at the University of Virginia School of Law. The recipient of a Virginia Law Scholarship, Johnathan Perkins served as an active member of the Black Law Student Association.

In 2011, Mr. Perkins earned his Juris Doctor from the prestigious law school.

The March 2011 fake police story didn't make it into Perkins' resume or LinkedIn profile but it's quite a fish tale. When questioned why he lied, the third year law student stated he wanted to "bring attention to police misconduct." Did UVA decide Johnathan's "passion for social equality" made up for his bad behavior? Did they give Perkins a pass because of his family connections? Did the student-run, confidential UVA Honor Committee become involved in the Perkins case?

We'll never know. UVA Law School Dean Paul Mahoney made it clear in a follow-up response to a previous AT article, the Perkins case is classified.

... internal disciplinary processes are confidential... There will be no public statement of the existence of an Honor investigation (or any other disciplinary proceeding) unless the subject of the investigation chooses to make one.  In the event that an Honor proceeding or other disciplinary action is unresolved at the time of graduation, the subject is typically permitted to participate in the ceremony but does not actually receive a degree pending the outcome of the proceeding.

If Perkins is telling the truth on his resume, and he indeed graduated from UVA, can we assume it's only a matter of time before the Department of Justice recruits the lying lawyer?

Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report

Johnathan Perkins, the lying law student, caused quite a commotion last May after admitting he falsely accused University of Virginia police of racial profiling and harassment. Now he claims to have graduated from the prestigious UVA School of Law. According to a resume posted online dated September 20 and his LinkedIn profile, Perkins received his law degree in 2011.  

Johnathan Perkins graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. At present, he serves as a Legal Intern at Robinson & Geraldo Attorneys at Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Assisting the practice groups that focus on family law, personal injury, civil rights, and immigration, he performs research and prepares written documents.

From LinkedIn :

With a passion for justice and social equality, Johnathan Perkins studied at the University of Virginia School of Law. The recipient of a Virginia Law Scholarship, Johnathan Perkins served as an active member of the Black Law Student Association.

In 2011, Mr. Perkins earned his Juris Doctor from the prestigious law school.

The March 2011 fake police story didn't make it into Perkins' resume or LinkedIn profile but it's quite a fish tale. When questioned why he lied, the third year law student stated he wanted to "bring attention to police misconduct." Did UVA decide Johnathan's "passion for social equality" made up for his bad behavior? Did they give Perkins a pass because of his family connections? Did the student-run, confidential UVA Honor Committee become involved in the Perkins case?

We'll never know. UVA Law School Dean Paul Mahoney made it clear in a follow-up response to a previous AT article, the Perkins case is classified.

... internal disciplinary processes are confidential... There will be no public statement of the existence of an Honor investigation (or any other disciplinary proceeding) unless the subject of the investigation chooses to make one.  In the event that an Honor proceeding or other disciplinary action is unresolved at the time of graduation, the subject is typically permitted to participate in the ceremony but does not actually receive a degree pending the outcome of the proceeding.

If Perkins is telling the truth on his resume, and he indeed graduated from UVA, can we assume it's only a matter of time before the Department of Justice recruits the lying lawyer?

Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report