William and Mary Law School

Professor Scott Dodson Appointed to Advisory Committee on Rules of Court

  • Scott Dodson
    Scott Dodson
    An expert on the law of procedure in federal courts, Professor Dodson is a frequent commentator in the national media about issues related to civil procedure and federal jurisdiction.
Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr., of the Virginia Supreme Court has appointed William & Mary Law School Professor Scott Dodson to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, a part of the Judicial Council of Virginia.  The Advisory Committee reviews and drafts proposals for new Rules of Court and for amendments to existing Rules of Court for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The committee also solicits comments from the public and members of the bar on proposed rule changes.

Dodson joined the Law School in the fall of 2009 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he taught procedure courses for three years.  In the fall of 2008, he was visiting associate professor at Duke Law School, teaching civil procedure. Dodson received a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from Duke Law School, where he was an articles editor for Duke Law Journal.  After graduating cum laude, he clerked for Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York.

At William & Mary, Dodson teaches civil procedure, federal courts, and comparative civil procedure.  He is an expert on the law of procedure in federal courts and has published extensively in prestigious journals on matters related to civil procedure and federal jurisdiction.  His work has been cited in opinions by two U.S. Courts of Appeals.

“I am honored to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee,” said Dodson. “The Advisory Committee takes the lead in reviewing existing rules and proposing new rules to keep Virginia procedure in tune with the modern realities of litigation and to ensure the fair, ethical, and efficient administration of justice. I am excited to be a part of the important work that the Advisory Committee does.”