William & Mary Law School Announces Faculty Advancements for 2010

William & Mary Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas is pleased to announce that the College has conferred tenure on Associate Professor Eric D. Chason, and has promoted Nathan B. Oman from Assistant to Associate Professor.

Professor Eric ChasonChason joined the faculty in 2004 and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia, where he was a Notes Editor on the Virginia Law Review and recipient of the John M. Olin Student Fellowship in Law and Economics and the Edwin S. Cohen Tax Prize, which is awarded to the most outstanding student in taxation in each graduating class.  

Before coming to William & Mary, Chason was a partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, one of the leading tax firms in Washington, D.C., where he practiced in the areas of federal taxation, employee benefits, and estate planning.  He teaches Employee Benefits, Federal Income Taxation and Trusts & Estates.  Chason is also the Director of the annual William & Mary Tax Conference.

Professor Nate OmanOman joined the faculty in 2006.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Articles Committee of the Harvard Law Review and as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.  He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he was a Benson Scholar, and, prior to law school, worked on the staff of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

After law school, Oman clerked for the Honorable Morris Shepard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin, LLP.  Oman teaches Secured Transactions, Contracts, and a Special Topics in Contract Law Seminar.

Douglas said Chason’s and Oman’s achievements are examples of the strength of the William & Mary law faculty.  “Our outstanding faculty continues to be one of our strongest assets as a law school.   We are fortunate to count two such strong scholars and teachers in our midst.”

The William & Mary Board of Visitors voted to approve both appointments at its annual meeting on February 5, 2010.  The promotions become effective in the fall of 2010.