Board of Visitors Promotes W&M Law School Alumni to New Leadership Positions

Two William & Mary Law School alumni were elected to new positions on the College of William & Mary’s Board of Visitors during the Board’s spring meeting on April 19. Robert E. Scott J.D. ’68 was named vice rector and Thomas R. Frantz J.D. ’73 was named secretary. They join William & Mary alumnus Todd Stottlemyer ’85, who was elected the College’s new rector.Robert E. Scott J.D. '68

“Todd, Bob Scott and Tom Frantz have all proven themselves invaluable members of the Board who care deeply about the future of the university,” said President Taylor Reveley. “I look forward very much to working with them.”

Scott, who is known nationally as a scholar in the fields of contracts, commercial transactions and bankruptcy, is the Alfred McCormack Professor of Law and director of the Center for Contract and Economic Organization at Columbia Law School.

As a law student, Scott served as editor-in-chief of the William & Mary Law Review. He also taught at the Law School before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974, where he taught until 2006 and served as dean from 1991 to 2001.

Scott was a founding member and president of the American Law Deans Association.  He was recognized by the Columbia Law School with the Faculty Member of the Year Award (1987-88) and in 2004 he was presented with the Thomas Jefferson Award by the University of Virginia. 

Appointed to the Thomas R. Frantz '70, J.D. ’73, M.L.T. '81 William & Mary Board in 2008, Scott serves as chair of the academic affairs committee and vice chair of the strategic initiatives and new ventures committee. He is a member of the executive committee. In 2010, he and his wife, Elizabeth, a 1967 graduate of William & Mary and the Harold R. Medina Professor of Procedural Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School, created a new research chair, the Robert E. and Elizabeth S. Scott Research Professor of Law.

Frantz, who also holds a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in law and taxation from William & Mary, is chief executive officer of Williams Mullen, an international law firm.

His name can be found among leading attorneys in the Commonwealth and the nation.  He has been listed in three categories in The Best Lawyers in America and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Norfolk Area Corporate Lawyer of the Year. He has also been named to Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite.”

Frantz’s contributions to local nonprofit and educational organizations are equally impressive. He has served on numerous boards, the Virginia Aquarium, Hampton Roads Partnership, and the Hampton Roads Sports Facility Authority. He is also on Eastern Virginia Medical School's Foundation Board.