Jeffries named new dean of U.Va. Law School
law expert John C. Jeffries Jr. will be the next dean of the University's
School of Law, U.Va.
President John T. Casteen III announced Feb. 22.
who joined the Virginia law faculty in 1975, is the Emerson Spies
Professor and the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau
Distinguished Professor. He served as academic associate dean
from 1994 to 1999, a post that administers the school's curriculum
and academic policies, and as acting dean in the fall of 1999.
will be the 10th dean of the law school, which next fall will
celebrate its 175th anniversary.
will take over leadership of the top-10 school on July 1 from
Robert E. Scott, dean since 1991. Regarded as a superb dean, Scott
presided over the most successful fund-raising campaign in the
history of American law schools, attracting more than $202 million
in a seven-year effort. He plans to return to teaching after a
year's sabbatical. "John Jeffries brings one of the keenest minds
in American legal scholarship, a proven hand at administration
and long devotion to the University to the task of guiding the
School of Law to pre-eminence among its peers," Casteen said in
announcing Jeffries' appointment. "Judged against a national field
of candidates, John exemplifies the excellence in scholarship
and service that are the hallmarks of leadership at U.Va."
prospect of following Bob Scott as dean is at once humbling and
exciting," Jeffries said. "Bob leaves an institution that is physically
attractive, academically vigorous and financially sound. I look
forward to working with U.Va. students, faculty, administrators
and graduates in the effort to build on this success."
was selected after a national search by a committee representing
faculty members, students and alumni. Roughly 90 candidates were
considered and 15 selected for interviews before the committee
unanimously recommended Jeffries.
Jeffries is a brilliant scholar, a charismatic teacher and has
been a dedicated and influential member of this faculty for 25
years. I can't think of anyone who is better qualified to serve
as dean," Scott said.
a national reputation in civil rights, federal courts and criminal
law, Jeffries is the author or co-author of several leading casebooks,
numerous articles and a study of the insanity defense offered
by John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Ronald
Reagan in 1981.
1994, he wrote a highly praised biography of U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., for whom he clerked after earning
his law degree from U.Va. in 1973.
has been a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford and the University
of Southern California, and has served on the faculty of the FBI
Academy since 1976. In 1995 he received the U.Va. Alumni Association
Distinguished Professor Award.
graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1970, majoring in history.
While studying law at Virginia he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia
Law Review, earned the Z Award for the highest academic average
in his class and was awarded the Woods Prize as its outstanding