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WASHINGTON — Davison M. Douglas, a 20-year member of the faculty of the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, has been named the new dean of the law school, the nation’s oldest. Douglas, the Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law, 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. Lynda Butler, chancellor professor of law, has served as interim dean since that time. Douglas will assume his responsibilities as dean on July 1, pending approval by the William & Mary board of visitors in April. “In my judgment, Dave Douglas will be one of the truly great deans in the long history of the country’s oldest law school,” 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.” Douglas joined the William & Mary law faculty in 1990 and has held a number of leadership positions at the law school. From 1997 until 2004, he was director of William & Mary’s nationally acclaimed Institute of Bill of Rights Law. In 2005, he founded the law school’s Election Law Program, which he directed until 2008. Douglas graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, and received from Yale University a law degree, a master’s degree in religion and a doctorate in history. Prior to coming to William & Mary, Douglas served as a law clerk for Judge Walter R. Mansfield of the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced employment law as a partner in a Raleigh, N.C., law firm. One of the nation’s leading constitutional historians, Douglas is the author or editor of seven books, including Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle Over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954 (2005), Redefining Equality (1998), and Reading, Writing & Race: The Desegregation of the Charlotte Schools (1995). He has also published articles in several of the nation’s leading law reviews, including those at Michigan, Northwestern, Texas, the University of California at Los Angeles and William & Mary. Douglas has lectured on American constitutional law and history at universities throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. “Dave Douglas is an extraordinary selection to serve as dean of the law school,” said William & Mary Provost P. Geoffrey Feiss. “Dave comes with exemplary credentials as both a scholar and teacher and has shown exceptional leadership in his nearly two decades at William & Mary. He follows a long list of distinguished individuals who have served as dean of the law school. We are very fortunate to have someone of Dave’s caliber.” In 2002, Douglas was one of 11 professors from all colleges and universities in Virginia to receive the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia’s highest honor for professors — its Outstanding Faculty Award. The search for Reveley’s replacement began last fall following his appointment as William & Mary’s 27th president. Law School Vice Dean Eric Kades, who chaired the dean search committee, said the committee considered more than 100 plausible candidates and narrowed that list to six exceptionally strong finalists.

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