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Davison M. Douglas named dean of William & Mary law school

Davison M. Douglas, the Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law, has been named the next dean of the William & Mary law school.

Douglas succeeds Taylor Reveley, who served as dean of the law school for nearly 10 years before moving to the president’s office in February 2008, according to the William & Mary Web site. Lynda Butler, Chancellor Professor of Law, has served as interim dean since that time.

Douglas joined the William & Mary law faculty in 1990. From 1997 until 2004 he was director of William & Mary’s Institute of Bill of Rights Law. In 2005, he founded the law school’s Election Law Program, which he directed until 2008.

Douglas earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his law degree, a Ph.D. in history and a master’s degree in religion from Yale University.

Douglas previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Walter R. Mansfield, and practiced employment law as a partner in a Raleigh, N.C., law firm.

In appointing Douglas, Reveley said, “I look forward to his leadership. Having led the law school myself for almost a decade, I am intensely interested in its continued progress. Dave will ensure that.”

Pending approval by the William & Mary Board of Visitors in April, Douglas will assume his responsibilities as dean on July 1, 2009.

Posted by Sarah Rodriguez

- Photo by Stephen Salpukas, College of William & Mary

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