Telephone: (757) 221-3800



ABA Approved Since 1932

At the direction of Governor Thomas Jefferson, the first academic chair of law in the United States was created at the College of William & Mary in 1779. George Wythe, Jefferson’s tutor at William and Mary and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was awarded the chair. The College conferred its first Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1793.


The William & Mary School of Law now is different in many ways, but continues to be one of the country’s most highly regarded small public law schools. We also continue to adhere to Jefferson and Wythe’s ideal -- that the school exists to train outstanding lawyers who are also exemplary citizens.


The Law School is home to the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, which sponsors programs on emerging constitutional issues each year. The Annual Supreme Court Preview, held each fall, typically includes nationally-known journalists such as Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times, Tony Mauro of USA Today and Joan Biskupic of the Washington Post. The Institute’s academic symposia and student-initiated symposia span varied legal topics that attract significant speakers.


The Law School is also the home to the Center for Legal and Court Technology, which explores cutting edge technology as it applies to the legal profession. The nationally-recognized Legal Skills Program was the first recipient of the ABA Gambrell Award for Professionalism. This two-year required sequence of courses focuses on basic lawyering skills including interviewing and fact-gathering, research and writing, negotiating, drafting, and trial and appellate advocacy and is the vehicle for teaching professional ethics at the law school.


William & Mary’s students produce four law journals: The William & Mary Law Review, the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review and the William & Mary Journal of Women & the Law. The students also conduct the William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament every Spring.


Interim Dean: Lynda L. Butler (757) 221-3790

Vice Dean: Eric A. Kades (757) 221-3828

Associate Dean, Administration: Lizbeth Jackson (757) 221-3782

Library Director: James S. Heller (757) 221-3252

Assoc. Dean, Career Serv. & Pub. Serv. Init. & Dir., Extern.:

Robert E. Kaplan (757) 221-3805

Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Affairs: Sally Kellam (757) 221-3795

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Ronald H. Rosenberg (757) 221-3840

Associate Dean, Office of Admission: Faye F. Shealy (757) 221-3784




DAVISON M. DOUGLAS, (Law Professor), born Charlotte, North Carolina, September 16, 1956; admitted to bar, 1984, North Carolina. Education: Princeton (A.B., 1978); Yale Divinity School (M.A.R., 1983); Yale University (J.D., 1983; Ph.D., 1992). COURSES: Law and Religion, Constitutional Law, American Legal History, Employment Law.


PETER A. ALCES, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, January 9, 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, Illinois. Education: Lafayette University (B.A., 1977); University of Illinois (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Contracts, Products Liability, Philosophy of the Law, Sales.


ANGELA M. BANKS, (Law Professor), born Seattle, Washington, November 24, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, New York and District of Columbia. Education: Spelman College (B.A., 1995); University of Oxford (M.Litt., 1998); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Immigration, Contracts, Gender & Human Rights.


JAYNE W. BARNARD, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, July 26, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Illinois; 1988, Virginia. Education: University of Illinois (B.S., 1970); University of Chicago (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Securities Regulation, Small Business Entities, Business Associations, Transnational Litigation.


LYNDA L. BUTLER, (Law Professor), born Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, District of Columbia; 1982, Virginia. Education: William and Mary (B.S., 1973); University of Virginia (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Property, Land Use, Property Rights.


LAN CAO, (Law Professor), born Vietnam, August 11, 1961; admitted to bar, 1989, New York. Education: Mount Holyoke College (B.A., 1983); Yale Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: International Trade and Economics, International Business Transactions, Corporations, Business Associations.


ERIC D. CHASON, (Law Professor), born October 19, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Virginia; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1993); University of Virginia (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Trusts & Estates, Federal Income Tax, Employee Benefits, Corporate Tax.


NANCY COMBS, (Law Professor), born July 10, 1965; admitted to bar, 1994, Oregon; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: University of Portland (B.A., 1991); University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1994); Hague Academy of International Law (Certificate, Public International Law, 1999). COURSES: Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights.


NEAL E. DEVINS, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, November 18, 1957; admitted to bar, 1983, Tennessee; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Georgetown (A.B., 1978); Vanderbilt (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Supreme Court Seminar.


SCOTT DODSON, (Law Professor), born Dallas, Texas, October 30, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, Texas; 2004, District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court; 2007, Arkansas. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1996); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflicts. Email: sdodson @


JAMES DWYER, (Law Professor), born Albany, New York, September 27, 1961; admitted to bar, 1988, District of Columbia; 1988, New York. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1984); Yale Law School (J.D., 1987); Stanford University (Ph.D., 1995). COURSES: Family Law, Youth Law, Trusts & Estates, Law & Social Justice, Law and Intimate Associations.


MICHAEL STEVEN GREEN, (Law Professor), born Berkeley, California, November 12, 1960; admitted to bar, 1997, New York. Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1982); Yale University (Ph.D., 1990); Yale Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Conflicts, Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence.


SUSAN GROVER, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1951; admitted to bar, 1984, District of Columbia. Education: Hollins College (A.B., 1973); Georgetown (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Women and the Law, Employment Discrimination.


VIVIAN E. HAMILTON, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., June 16, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, Maryland; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1992); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Family Law, Civil Procedure, Advanced Family Law Advocacy.


I. TROTTER HARDY, (Law Professor), born Newport News, Virginia, April 10, 1946; Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1968); American (M.S., 1974); Duke (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Torts.


JAMES S. HELLER, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, April 11, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1978, District of Columbia. Education: Michigan (B.A., 1971); San Diego (J.D., 1976); California-Berkeley (M.L.S., 1977). COURSES: Advanced Research Techniques, Law and Public Policy.


LAURA A. HEYMANN, (Law Professor), born Medford, Massachusetts, September 21, 1969; admitted to bar, 1997, Maryland; 1999, District of Columbia; 2000, Virginia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1991); University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Torts, Trademark Law, Copyright.


ERIC KADES, (Law Professor), born December 15, 1961; admitted to bar, 1994, Pennsylvania. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1985; J.D., 1994). COURSES: Economic Analysis of Law, Property, Corporations, Takings and Just Compensation, Statistics for Lawyers.


CHARLES H. KOCH, (Law Professor), born Cheverly, Maryland, July 30, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, District of Columbia and Maryland. Education: Maryland (B.A., 1966); George Washington (J.D., 1969); University of Chicago (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Federal Courts, Administrative Law, European Law, Litigation in Civil Law Systems, Comparative Constitutional Systems.


FREDRIC I. LEDERER, (Law Professor), born San Diego, California, October 18, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, New York. Education: Polytechnic University (B.S., 1968); Columbia (J.D., 1971); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Evidence, Legal Skills, Legal Technology in Trial Advocacy, Military Law, Electronic Discovery, Criminal Procedure.


JOHN W. LEE, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, April 1, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, North Carolina; 1970, Virginia. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1965); University of Virginia (LL.B., 1968); Georgetown (LL.M., 1970). COURSES: Federal Income Tax, Real Estate Taxation, Taxation of Small Business, Accounting for Lawyers, Tax Research Methods.


LINDA A. MALONE, (Law Professor), born Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 16, 1954; admitted to bar, 1978, Georgia; 1979, Illinois. Education: Vassar College (B.A., 1975); Duke (J.D., 1978); Illinois (LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Environmental Law, Criminal Law, Law and Human Rights, Public International Law.


PAUL MARCUS, (Law Professor), born New York City, New York, December 8, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, California. Education: U.C.L.A. (A.B., 1968; J.D., 1971). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law and Literature, Entertainment Law Litigation, Selected Problems of Criminal Justice, Copyright Litigation.


ALAN J. MEESE, (Law Professor), born Sacramento, California, December 25, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, Virginia. Education: William & Mary (A.B., 1986); University of Chicago (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Torts, Antitrust, Economic Analysis of Law, Corporations, Constitutional Law.


NATHAN OMAN, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, April 15, 1975; admitted to bar, 2004, Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2005, District of Columbia. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1999); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Contracts, Law and Religion, Secured Transactions.


LARRY I. PALMER, (Law Professor), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, California. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1966); Yale Law School (LL.B., 1969). COURSES: Bioethics, Criminal Law, Family Law, Health Care Law, Legislation.


MITCHELL B. REISS, (Law Professor), born Dayton, Ohio, June 12, 1957; admitted to bar, 1990, District of Columbia. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1979); Tufts University (M.A.L.D., 1982); Oxford University (D.Phil., 1985); Columbia University (J.D., 1988). COURSES: National Security Law.


W. TAYLOR REVELEY, III, (Law Professor), born Churchville, Virginia, January 6, 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, Virginia; 1977, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1965); University of Virginia (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Citizen Lawyers.


PATRICIA ERIKSON ROBERTS, (Law Professor), born Manhasset, New York, August 20, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Virginia. Education: Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (B.A., 1989); College of William & Mary School of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Legal Profession, Legal Research & Writing, Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Legal Skills, Clinical Education.


RONALD H. ROSENBERG, (Law Professor), born New York City, New York, February 8, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia. Education: Columbia (B.A., 1971; M.R.P., 1974); University of North Carolina (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Environmental Law, Property, Local Government, Land Use, Real Estate Transactions.


E. ERIN RYAN, (Law Professor), born December 25, 1969; admitted to bar, 2001, California. Education: Harvard-Radcliffe College (B.A., 1991); Wesleyan University (M.A., 1994); Harvard (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Natural Resource Law, Property, Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy.


ALEMANTE G. SELASSIE, (Law Professor), born Gondar, Ethiopia, July 26, 1944; admitted to bar, 1985, Wisconsin. Education: Haile Selassie I University (LL.B., 1969; M.L.I., 1972); Wisconsin (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Contracts, Law and Development, Public International Law, International Organizations.


MICHAEL STEIN, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, July 10, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York. Education: New York University (B.A., 1985); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988); University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1998). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Disability Law, Employment Discrimination, Torts, Law, Science and Medicine.


KATHRYN R. URBONYA, (Law Professor), born Beloit, Wisconsin, January 27, 1953; admitted to bar, 1983, North Dakota; 1984, Minnesota. Education: Beloit College (B.A., 1975); North Dakota (M.A., 1980; J.D., 1983). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Constitutional Tort Litigation, Fourth Amendment.


WILLIAM W. VAN ALSTYNE, (Law Professor), born February 2, 1934; admitted to bar, 1958, California. Education: University of Southern California (B.A., 1955); Stanford University (J.D., 1958); Hague Academy of International Law (Certificate, 1976). COURSES: First Amendment, Constitutional Law.


CYNTHIA WARD, (Law Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, May 9, 1958; Education: Wellesley (B.A., 1980); Yale (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Legal Themes in Literature, Criminal Procedure.


TIMOTHY ZICK, (Law Professor), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 28, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1989); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Torts.