William and Mary Law School

William & Mary Welcomes New Civil Procedure Expert

  • 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.

William & Mary Law School Dean Davison Douglas has announced the appointment of Associate Professor Scott Dodson to the faculty.  Dodson joins the Law School from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  In the fall of 2008, he was visiting associate professor at Duke Law School.

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.

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 such prestigious journals as Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review.  His current academic project is a civil procedure book under contract with Oxford University Press.  Dodson is a frequent commentator in various news media on matters related to civil procedure and federal jurisdiction.  His work has been cited in opinions by two U.S. Courts of Appeals.

"We are enormously pleased that Professor Dodson has joined our faculty," said Douglas.  "After only three years as a law professor, Scott enjoys a reputation as a very fine teacher of civil procedure and related subjects.  Our students will benefit greatly from his presence in our classrooms.

"Scott is also off to an impressive and fast start as a scholar," continued Douglas.  "He has already published more than a dozen articles and his work has appeared in some of the nation's most competitive law reviews.  Scott is well on his way to becoming one of the nation's important young scholars in the field of civil procedure."

Dodson said he is delighted by the opportunities that William & Mary has to offer. "I am thrilled to be a part of the William & Mary community," he said, "and excited about joining such an esteemed faculty and teaching some of the best students in the nation."

Editor's Note: On September 3, 2009, Professor Dodson was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, a part of the Judicial Council of Virginia, by Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr.