During this year’s awards ceremony on Saturday, May 12, William & Mary Law School recognized a member of the legal profession who has attained distinction, and been selected by the faculty committee, to honorary membership in The Order of Barristers: Tillman J. Breckenridge.
A partner at Bailey & Glasser LLP in Washington, D.C., Breckenridge also serves as an adjunct professor of law and as managing attorney of the Law School’s Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic.
As Dean Douglas explained in his remarks, the Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic takes cases to the Court of Appeals after someone has lost in a federal district court. It was Breckenridge’s idea that the students do all the leg work.
“The people who write the briefs are our students,” Douglas said. “The people who argue the cases are our students, and they go all over the United States.”
Breckenridge’s practice at Bailey & Glasser LLP includes a diverse array of appellate litigation matters at all levels. He has represented companies, organizations, individuals, and foreign, state and local governments before the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of Virginia, the California Courts of Appeal and the Illinois Courts of Appeal.
Additionally, he has been a lecturer at DePaul University on the subjects of Constitutional Civil Liberties and First Amendment law.
Douglas praised Breckenridge for juggling an incredibly busy practice with his tireless work for the Law School, and for traveling across the country with his students to argue cases.
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