School Dean Robert Scott Will Step Down, Return To Teaching After
Current Academic Year
27, 2000 -- University of Virginia
School of Law Dean Robert E. Scott has announced that he will step
down on July 1, 2001. He plans to return to full-time teaching and
research in 2002, after taking a sabbatical.
joined the Law School faculty in 1974, and was appointed the schools
ninth dean in 1991.
year will mark an important transition time as the Law School concludes
the capital campaign, finishes construction of the Student-Faculty
Center, and celebrates the 175th anniversary of the schools
founding," Scott said. "With new leadership, I am confident the
school will advance even further toward our goal of unparalleled
excellence in legal education."
Scotts leadership, the schools current capital campaign
has raised more than $140 million, with five months remaining. Scott
spearheaded the most ambitious building project in the schools
history, a $30 million renovation of the David A. Harrison III Law
Grounds, completed in 1997. The last of his capital projects, a
$7 million student-faculty meeting and dining center on the Law
Grounds, is under way now.
my tenure on the law faculty, I have been a colleague of seven of
the nine deans in the history of the school," said Vice President
and Provost Peter Low, the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law.
"From personal experience, I can say without hesitation that Bob
ranks right at the top of this very distinguished group."
Bob steps down after 10 years as dean, he can justly be proud that
the Law Schools quality and reputation as one of the best
in the nation have been enhanced, and that, in large measure due
to his leadership, it is now located in one of the finest facilities
in the country. We owe him our deepest gratitude and admiration."
dean, Scott also instituted the Mary Morton Parsons Seminars in
Ethical Values, a program providing insights into the moral and
ethical responsibilities of the lawyer as public citizen, and founded
the schools Principles & Practice Program, bringing leading
practitioners and judges to the Law School to team teach advanced
courses with full-time faculty.
important part of Scotts role has been to set the intellectual
tone and agenda for the Law School. Prior to becoming dean, he founded
the Legal Studies Workshop at the Law School, one of the first faculty
colloquia of its kind. As dean, he has urged the Law School community
to aspire to preeminence in both its teaching mission and in the
equally important obligation of engaging in scholarly research that
advances the Universitys core function as an institution dedicated
to the search for truth.
Scotts intellectual leadership has been as important to the
Law School as the many remarkable accomplishments of his deanship,"
said Paul Mahoney, the schools academic associate dean. "Although
we will miss his extraordinary vision and energy in the decanal
role, our sense of loss is greatly alleviated by the anticipation
of Bobs continued intellectual and collegial contributions
to the Law School."
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Professor of Law and the Arnold H. Leon Professor
of Law, Scott is a nationally renowned teacher and scholar in the
fields of contracts, commercial law and bankruptcy. He has written
four books on contracts and commercial transactions, is the author
of more than three dozen scholarly articles, and is widely recognized
as setting the standard for the economic analysis of the law of
currently serves as president of the American Law Deans Association
and has served various times as chair of the American Association
of Law Schools sections on Contract Law, Law and Economics,
and Commercial and Consumer Law. He was elected to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and has been a fellow of the
American Bar Foundation since 1993.
April, the U.Va. Board of Visitors established the Robert E. Scott
Distinguished Professorship in Law, made possible by an outpouring
of support from some 250 of his colleagues on the faculty, former
students, and other alumni and friends of the school, who together
committed $1.9 million for the professorship.
earned his bachelors degree cum laude from Oberlin
College, and is a 1968 graduate of the William & Mary School
of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, a member
of the Order of the Coif, and had the highest academic average in
his class. Scott earned an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan
in 1973, after which he joined the law faculty at William &
Mary. In 1974 he joined the Virginia law faculty. As a visiting
professor at Columbia Law School in 1987-88, the law students voted
him the outstanding faculty member of the year.
look forward to serving under a new dean who, I am confident, will
bring new talents to the job," Scott said.
national search for Scotts replacement will commence in early
fall, Low said.
Louise Dudley (804) 924-1400