Law School Dean Taylor Reveley presented the 2005-06 St. George Tucker Adjunct Professorship Award to Christie S. Warren during a luncheon at the College's historic Wren Building on August 29. The award, created in 1995, is given each year to a member of the Law School's adjunct faculty for outstanding service.
Warren, who serves as deputy director of international programs for the Courtroom 21 Project, has taught at the Law School since 2001.
Warren's career, said Reveley, has been one of "striking accomplishment." Before coming to William & Mary, he noted, she tried over 100 cases working as a public defender in California and also served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. Her career-long interest in the judiciary and the rule of law has taken her around the world as an advisor to Rule of Law programs. In May 2005, for example, she traveled to Kazakhstan to conduct advanced faculty development courses for judges and to help with plans for a judicial resource center.
Reveley went on to note that Warren "has taught an extraordinary range of courses and seminars." In the past two years alone, for example, she has taught courses on advanced brief writing, comparative constitutional systems (with Neal Devins and Nancy Combs), comparative law, Islamic law, litigation in civil law systems (with Charles H. Koch, Jr.), and methodologies in the U.S. legal system. She also taught in the Legal Skills Program and been the Moot Court advisor.
Reveley noted that she has played a pivotal role in developing internships for law students at international organizations in Europe, Latin America and China.
The Dean closed his remarks by sharing with the audience the affectionate respect Warren has earned from her students. "Professor Warren is both intellectually demanding and highly approachable," wrote one student. Another praised her for "fostering class discussion and of tying different points of view together." Others went on to note that she was "unfailingly helpful," "shows a genuine interest in the subject covered," "is kind, helpful and reliable. One of the best professors for students from abroad."
St. George Tucker was the second professor of law at William & Mary and a pioneer in legal education. He drafted a formal description of the requirements for a law degree at the College, which included an exacting schedule of qualifying examinations in history, government and related pre-law subjects. Tucker's course material was published as the first American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. For a generation, Tucker's volume was considered the leading authority on American law.