Paul R. Verkuil, former President of the College of William & Mary and former Dean of the Tulane and Cardozo Law Schools, will be honored in March as the Law School's 2008 Carter O. Lowance Fellow. The fellowship brings a distinguished public servant to campus each year and is named for the late Carter O. Lowance, who served as Chief of Staff to six Virginia governors and as Executive Vice President of the College. Verkuil will teach a three-week course on military contracts and public responsibility and will be honored at a dinner at the Wren Building on March 12.
"Paul has made extraordinary contributions as a legal scholar, professor, arbitrator, and leader in business and higher education. His life is one of signal accomplishment and we are honored to have him join us as our Lowance Fellow," said interim Dean Lynda L. Butler.
Verkuil is Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and Counsel at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York City. He has written more than 60 articles in the field of administrative law and is co-author of one of the leading treatises in the field. His most recent book is Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do about It (Cambridge University Press 2007).
Verkuil began his academic career at the University of North Carolina Law School and later served as Dean of Tulane Law School (1978-1985), President of the College of William & Mary (1985-1992), and Dean of the Cardozo Law School (1997-2001). From 1992 to1995, he was President and CEO of the American Automobile Association. The U.S. Supreme Court appointed Verkuil in 1994 as a Special Master in New Jersey v. New York, a much-publicized case which concerned Ellis Island's sovereignty. Verkuil received his bachelor's degree at William & Mary and juris doctor at the University of Virginia. In addition, he holds an LL.M. degree in trade regulations from New York University, a Master's Degree in political science and economics from the New School for Social Research, and a J.S.D. from New York University.