William and Mary Law School

Eric Kades, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Receives John Marshall Award

  • Vice Dean Eric Kades
    Vice Dean Eric Kades
    Dean Douglas presented Vice Dean Eric Kades with the 2011 John Marshall Award in recognition of his selfless and dedicated service to the Law School.
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Vice Dean and Professor Eric Kades received the John Marshall Award during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 15.  The award honors a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated “character, leadership, and a spirit of selfless service to the Law School community.”

Kades has won several teaching awards, including the 2004 Walter Williams Teaching Award, and for the past three years has served as Vice Dean for the Law School. Dean Davison M. Douglas noted, “In that role, he has displayed superb judgment, wonderful instincts about what is best for the law school, a willingness to make hard decisions, and a quiet selflessness – all of which has made him an effective leader in our community.”

Kades joined the William & Mary Law School faculty nine years ago and is a nationally known scholar on property rights and economic development. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Morton I. Greenberg on the Third Circuit, and began his teaching career at Wayne State University in Detroit. Kades is the author of numerous law review articles that have appeared in North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and Yale Law Reviews/Journals, and in the Law & History Review and Law & Social Inquiry.

The John Marshall Award honors the example of John Marshall (1755-1835), who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall was among the first students to study law under the tutelage of George Wythe at William & Mary.