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Moliterno honored for education leadership

Washington & Lee University Law Professor James E. Moliterno has been named the recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia.

Moliterno, the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at W&L and an international expert on legal ethics, has been deeply involved with innovative legal education programs at W&L.

His resume includes similar work at the College of William & Mary where he was the Tazewell Taylor Professor of Law, Director of the Legal Skills Program, and Director of Clinical Programs from 1997-2000.

Moliterno has received numerous awards for his work at both universities, his scholarship in books and articles is extensive and includes his 2013 book, The American Legal Profession in Crisis: Resistance and Responses to Change (Oxford University Press). He also is a highly sought-after speaker on ethics and professionalism.

In his letter nominating Moliterno, Washington and Lee Dean and Professor of Law Brant J. Hellwig noted that not only is Moliterno a highly respected teacher and scholar, but that “he has traveled throughout the world to help countries develop legal ethics policies while assisting in the training of lawyers and judges in jurisdictions with developing legal regimes.”

Moliterno has been an active participant in all three VSB Conclaves on Legal Education and has delivered about 100 Continuing Legal Education programs to Virginia lawyers and judges.

The award was established in 2012 to honor former Virginia State Bar president and founder of the Section on the Education of Lawyers, William R. Rakes, a senior partner with the Roanoke firm of Gentry Locke. The firm underwrites the award.

The award is to be presented in June at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.