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The University of Richmond School of Law, formally The T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, was founded in 1870 as a constituent school of the University of Richmond. The Law School is located on the university campus, which is about six miles from the center of the city of Richmond and is often said to be one of the loveliest campuses in the country. The Law School building was renovated and expanded in the early 1990's resulting in a facility which is both state of the art and gracious.


The Law School is fairly small; it has a student body from across the nation and abroad of less than 500 and a full‑time teaching faculty of 30. The School continues to be at the forefront of the use of computer and information technology in legal education. Richmond was the first law school in the country to require that its entering students have laptops. Each student currently has a commodious carrel in the library with network connections and wireless access. Faculty offices, classrooms and other spaces throughout the Law School are connected to the University network via hardwired connections and wireless access. Faculty and students are also able to access the University's network from their homes, enabling them to access readily a large number of licensed databases and the Internet generally. Faculty increasingly have incorporated the use of technology into their courses and have developed electronic teaching materials for use by students.


The Law School's curriculum balances traditional courses with a lawyering skills program and several in‑house clinical programs. This combination provides both an intellectual and a practical approach to the study of law. Richmond is the state capital, as well as the base of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and of a Federal Reserve District. Due to its location in this city, the Law School is able to offer an extensive range of clinical externship placements with a wide range of judicial and governmental entities. In addition, there is an International Business Practice Course in which law students and MBA students work together in small groups to prepare legal and business solutions to international business or trade issues brought to the clinic by publicly and privately held corporations located in Virginia.  A four semester (the two semesters of the first and second year) Lawyering Skills Program is required. This program provides in depth training in the various skills of legal research and writing, oral and written advocacy (pre‑trial, trial and appellate) and interviewing, counseling and negotiation. The aim is to teach these skills in an integrative way. Another noteworthy aspect of the first year curriculum is the opportunity for first year students to select a course that is intended to introduce them to basic notions of administrative law and regulation.


The Law School has numerous joint degree programs, including the JD/MBA program offered in conjunction with the university's Business School and the JD/MSW (Master of Social Work), JD/MURP (Master of Urban Planning), JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration) and JD/MHA (Master of Health Administration) programs offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University, a publicly supported university located in Richmond. In addition, students are allowed to devise, in conjunction with the relevant department in the university, a joint program in areas of their interest, such as a joint JD/Masters in Biology.


Four journals are currently published at the Law School, the Law Review, the Journal of Global Law and Business, Journal of Law and Technology, and Journal of Law and the Public Interest. The latter two of these are published only in electronic form. The Journal of Law and Technology was the first solely "on‑line" legal journal in the country.



John G. Douglass (804) 289‑8183

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

W. Clark Williams (804) 289‑8740

Associate Dean for Student Services and Administration:

Kristine M. Henderson (804) 289‑8740

Associate Dean for External Relations:

Roberta O. Sachs (804) 287‑1855

Associate Dean for Library and Information Services:

Timothy L. Coggins (804) 289‑8218

Associate Dean for Admissions:

Michelle L. Rahman (804) 289‑8191

Financial Aid:

Michelle Rahman (804) 289‑8191



JOHN G. DOUGLASS, (Dean, Professor of Law), born Lynchburg, Virginia, April 12, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Virginia and District of Columbia. Education: Dartmouth College (B.A., 1977); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure. Email:

MARGARET IVEY BACIGAL, (Clinical Professor & Director, Clinical Placement Program), born Greensboro, North Carolina, June 29, 1951; admitted to bar, 1979, Virginia. Education: Mary Baldwin College (B.A., 1973); University of Richmond (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Clinical Program, Domestic Violence Seminar and Family Law. Email:


RONALD J. BACIGAL, (Professor of Law), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 13, 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, District of Columbia; 1985, Virginia. Education: Concord College (B.A., 1964); Washington & Lee University (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Email:


KELLEY H. BARTGES, (Clinical Professor & Director, Delinquency Clinic), born Fitchburg, Massachusetts, November 28, 1958; admitted to bar, 1985, Virginia. Education: Converse College (B.A., 1980); Clemson University (M.Ed., 1982); University of Richmond (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Clinical Program (Juvenile Law). Email:


W. WADE BERRYHILL, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Arkansas, September 2, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, Arkansas; 1979, Virginia. Education: Arkansas State University (B.S., 1964); University of Arkansas (J.D., 1972); Columbia University (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Real Property, Environmental Law. Email:


PAUL MATTHEWS BIRCH, (Computer Services Librarian), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 13, 1953; admitted to bar, 1982, Wisconsin. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1976; M.A., 1982; J.D., 1982). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


WILLIAM HAMILTON BRYSON, (Blackstone Professor of Law), born Richmond, Virginia, July 29, 1941; admitted to bar, 1967, Virginia. Education: Hampden‑Sydney College (B.A., 1963); Harvard University (LL.B., 1967); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1968); Cambridge University (Ph.D., 1972). COURSES: Equity, Legal History, Virginia Civil Procedure. Email:


TARA CASEY, (Director, Pro Bono Services), born New Jersey; admitted to bar, 1999, Virginia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A./B.A., 1994); Washington UniversitySt. Louis (J.D., 1999). Email:


HENRY LAWRENCE CHAMBERS JR., (Professor of Law), born Washington, D.C., March 11, 1969; admitted to bar, 1991, Virginia; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1988; J.D., 1991). COURSES: Criminal, White Collar, Employment Discrimination, Evidence. Email:


TIMOTHY L. COGGINS, (Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law), born Conway, North Carolina, December 7, 1948. Education: North Carolina Wesleyan College (B.A., 1972); Simmons College (M.S., 1974); North Carolina Central University School of Law (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research. Email:


CHRISTOPHER A. COTROPIA, (Associate Professor of Law), born Dallas, Texas, February 21, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, California; 2001, District of Columbia; 1999, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Education: Northwestern University (B.S.E.E., 1996; B.S.Comp.E., 1996); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Property, Cyberlaw. Email:


JOEL B. EISEN, (Professor of Law & Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center of Environmental Law), born Reading, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, California; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.C.E., 1981); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Property, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Urban Environmental Law. Email:


JESSICA ERICKSON, (Assistant Professor), born Brunswick, Maine, October 6, 1976; admitted to bar, 2003, Virginia. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1998); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Corporations, Civil Procedure, Securities Litigation. Email:


DAVID FRISCH, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, April 5, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, Florida; 1976, Rhode Island. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1971); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1975); Yale University School of Law (LL.M., 1980). COURSES: Secured Transactions, Commercial Paper, Sales and Leases, Contracts. Email:


JAMES GIBSON, (Associate Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property Institute), born Summit, New Jersey, October 23, 1968; admitted to bar, 1997, Virginia; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1991); University of Virginia (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Computer Law, Copyright Law. Email:


MARY L. HEEN, (Professor of Law), born September 2, 1949; admitted to bar, 1979, California; 1981, Alaska; 1982, New York; 1986, Massachusetts; 1997, Virginia (Associate). Education: Yale University (A.B., 1971); Harvard University (M.A.T., 1972); University of California at Boalt Hall (J.D., 1978); New York University (LL.M., 1987). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Tax Policy, Legislation. Email:


AZIZAH Y. AL HIBRI, (Professor of Law), born Beirut, Lebanon, January 14, 1943. Education: American University of Beirut (B.A., 1966); Wayne State University (M.A., 1968); University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1975; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Securities Regulation, Corporations, Corporate Finance, Islamic Jurisprudence. Email:


ANN CRANSTON HODGES, (Professor of Law), born Winston‑Salem, North Carolina, July 11, 1951; admitted to bar, 1981, Illinois. Education: University of North Carolina (B.S.I.R., 1973); University of Illinois (M.A., 1974); Northwestern University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Feminist Legal Theory, Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, Nonprofit Organizations. Email:


JOYCE MANNA JANTO, (Deputy Director, Law Library), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 14, 1956; admitted to bar, 1991, Pennsylvania. Education: Clarion State University (B.S., 1978); University of Pittsburgh (M.L.S., 1982); University of Richmond (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Research, Professional Responsibility. Email:


J. RODNEY JOHNSON, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Richmond, Virginia, July 9, 1939; admitted to bar, 1967, Virginia. Education: William & Mary (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1967); New York University (LL.M., 1970). Email:


JOHN PAUL JONES, (Professor of Law), born Nyack, New York, March 26, 1947; admitted to bar, 1980, California; 1986, Virginia. Education: Marquette University (B.A., 1969); University of San Diego (J.D., 1980); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1982). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Admiralty Law. Email:


CORINNA BARRETT LAIN, (Professor of Law), born Great Falls, Montana, August 17, 1966; admitted to bar, 1996, Virginia. Education: College of William & Mary (B.A., 1992); University of Virginia (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Children & the Law, Domestic Violence, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy. Email:


GARY CHARLES LEEDES, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1934; admitted to bar, 1962, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., Economics, 1960); Temple (LL.B., 1962); Harvard (S.J.D., 1972). Email:


SHARI MOTRO, (Associate Professor of Law), born New York, New York, January 8, 1973; admitted to bar, 2002, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1995); New York University School of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Tax, Trusts & Estates. Email:


DANIEL T. MURPHY, (Professor of Law), born Birmingham, Alabama, October 23, 1942; admitted to bar, 1970, New York; 1972, New Jersey; 1979, Virginia. Education: Villanova University (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1968); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 1969). COURSES: International Law, International Trade, European Union Law, Comparative Law. Email:


KRISTEN OSENGA, (Assistant Professor of Law), born DeKalb, Illinois, June 20, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, Virginia; 2001, District of Columbia. Education: University of Iowa (B.S.E., 1994); Southern Illinois University (M.S., 2001); University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Property. Email:


JOHN RUSTON PAGAN, (University Professor), born Little Rock, Arkansas, August 4, 1951; admitted to bar, 1979, Arkansas; 1982, Virginia; 1984, District of Columbia; 1996, New York. Education: College of William and Mary (A.B., 1973); University of Oxford (M.Litt., 1975); Harvard University (J.D., 1978); University of Oxford (D.Phil., 1997). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Legal History. Email:


EMMELINE PAULETTE REEVES, (Associate Professor for Academic Success), born Fort Hood, Texas, November 10, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Virginia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1992), University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1996). Email:


NOAH SACHS, (Assistant Professor of Law), born New Haven, August 1, 1971; admitted to bar, 2000, New York; 2002, Massachusetts. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1993); Princeton University (M.P.A., 1999); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Torts, Administrative Law.


ROBERT EDWARD SHEPHERD, JR., (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 1937; admitted to bar, 1961, Virginia; 1976, Maryland. Education: Washington and Lee University (B.A., 1959; LL.B., 1961); Georgetown University Law Center (1962 & 1963). Email:


JONATHAN K. STUBBS, (Professor of Law), born Gloucester, Virginia, August 12, 1952; admitted to bar, 1987, Virginia. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1974); University of Oxford (B.A., 1976); Yale Law School (J.D., 1978); Harvard University (LL.M., 1979); Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S., 1990). COURSES: Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Human Rights, Jurisprudence. Email:


PETER NASH SWISHER, (Professor of Law), born Oxford, England, January 7, 1944; admitted to bar, 1973, California; 1978, Virginia. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1966); Stanford University (M.A., 1967); Hastings College of Law, University of California (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Family Law, Insurance Law, Torts. Email:


CARL WILLIAM TOBIAS, (Williams Professor of Law), born Petersburg, Virginia, January 28, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Virginia; 1976, Montana. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1968); University of Virginia (LLB, 1972). COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Constitutional Law. Email:


ADRIENNE ELAINE VOLENIK, (Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Disability Law Clinic, Acting Dir. of National Center for Family Law), born Berea, Ohio, December 8, 1946; admitted to bar, 1974, Maryland; 1975, Missouri; 1987, Maine; 1996, Virginia. Education: Marietta College (B.A., 1968); University of Maryland (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Clinic, Children and the Law. Email:


SALLY HILL WAMBOLD, (Technical Services Librarian), born Norfolk, Virginia, February 11, 1947. Education: Old Dominion University (B.A., 1969); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.S.L.S., 1979). Email:


WILLIAM CLARK WILLIAMS, JR., (Associate Dean and Professor of Law), born Memphis, Tennessee, November 10, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Texas; 1979, Virginia. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1971); Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Evidence. Email:


GAIL F. ZWIRNER, (Head of Access Services, Law Library), born Camden, New Jersey, September 21, 1952. Education: Juniata College (B.A., 1974); The Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S., 1992). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: