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Notable Alumni University of Virginia

School of Law



George F. Allen (CLAS '74, LAW '77)
Former U.S. Senator, former Governor of Virginia
B. Evan Bayh III (LAW '82)
U.S. Senator, former Governor of Indiana
Christopher S. Bond (LAW '63)
U.S. Senator for Missouri
John Bridgeland (LAW '87)
Former Director of the USA Freedom Corps, President and CEO Civic Enterprises./dd>
Mortimer M. Caplin (CLAS '37, LAW '40)
Former commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, founding member of Caplin
John Cornyn (LAW '95)
U.S Senator for Texas
J. Randy Forbes (LAW '77)
U.S. Congressman, Fourth District
James S. Gilmore III (CLAS '71, LAW '77)
Former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the Republican National Committee
John Gleeson (LAW '80)
Judge, U.S District Court, Eastern District of New York, Prosecutor John Gotti Trial.
Elaine R. Jones (LAW '70)
Retired president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Edward M. Kennedy (LAW '59)
U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
Robert F. Kennedy (LAW '51)
Former U.S. Senator for New York; former U.S. Attorney General
Angus S. King Jr. (LAW '69)
Former Governor of Maine
Robert S. Mueller III (LAW '73)
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Janet Napolitano (LAW '83)
Secretary of Homeland Security
Bill Nelson (LAW '68)
U.S. Senator, Astronaut
Charles S. Robb (LAW '73)
Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Virginia 2004, Chairman of the Iraq Intelligence Commission.
Hugh D. Scott (LAW '22)
Former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania
John C. Stennis (LAW '27)
Former U.S. Senator for Mississippi
John V. Tunney (LAW '59)
Former U.S. Senator for California
Lowell Weicker (LAW '58)
Former U.S Senator and Governor of Connecticut
George T. Yates III (CLAS '70, LAW '73)
Recipient, French Legion d'Honneur award in 2002


Laura Ingraham (LAW '91)
Radio Talk Show Host, Author Shut Up and Sing: How the Elites in Hollywood, Politics...and the UN are Subverting America
Andrew M. Scheinman (CLAS '70, LAW '73)
Movie producer, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride

Supreme Court

Gene E. Franchini (LAW '95)
Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice.
Asher D. Grunis (LAW '72)
Israeli Supreme Court Justice
John Charles Thomas (CLAS '72, LAW '75)
First African-American Justice, Va. Supreme Court. One of twelve African-Americans out of 1,400 students in 1968.


Tim Finchem (LAW '73)
Commissioner and CEO, PGA
Bowie Kuhn (LAW '50)
Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1969-84; presided over free agency rights and player strikes.

Land, Sea, & Space

Bill Nelson (LAW '68)
U.S Senator and Astronaut. Flew on a mission aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle in 1988.

News & Media

William F. Shortz (LAW '77)
Crossword editor, New York Times; puzzlemaster, NPR Weekend Edition
Bob Wright (LAW '68)
Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, GE Chairman, NBC Universal

Arts & Literature

Louis S. Auchincloss (LAW '41)
Attorney, novelist, The Rector of Justin, The House of Five Talents
David Baldacci (LAW '86)
Novelist, Absolute Power, Saving Faith, The Simple Truth
Linda A. Fairstein (LAW '72)
Former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist, served as Chief of the Sex Crime Persecution Unit in the NY Dist Attorney office.
N. Scott Momaday (LAW '59)
Author, House Made of Dawn, The Bear; Pulitzer Prize recipient

International/Foreign Affairs

W. Robert Pearson (LAW '68)
Director General, Foreign Service and Director, Human Resources U.S. Department of State
Last Modified: 26-Mar-2007 07:43:17 EDT