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Dean Blake D. Morant speaks at forum on legal education at William and Mary Law School

The William and Mary Law School will host a panel assessing the nature of contemporary legal education on Monday, Feb. 11. The forum will feature three guest speakers, Davison M. Douglas, Dean and Professor of Law at the William and Mary Law School; University of Richmond School of Law Professor Wendy Collins Perdue; and Wake Forest University School of Law Dean Blake D. Morant. William and Mary Law School Professor Paul Marcus will moderate the event.


The forum will address a number of  relevant issues surrounding today’s legal education, including:

  • Does legal education make sense for recent graduates today?
  • What will the legal job market be like for law school graduates?
  • Are law schools properly preparing their students to succeed in legal practice?
  • How can law students best prepare for life following graduation?
  • What will the law school of the future look like?

The forum will begin at 12:50 p.m. in Room 124 of the William and Mary School of Law.

Coming into the forum, Dean Morant was recently honored by The National Jurist as a thought leader in legal education. The magazine ranked him 13th in its 2012 ranking of the 25 Most Influential figures in legal education. The magazine, which made the announcement in the cover story of its most recent
issue, requested nominations from every law school in the nation, and received more than 85.
Its editorial team narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people in legal education,
including every law school dean, to rate each nominee based on how much they influenced them
in the past 12 months.

Dean Morant’s nomination follows a long history of success and service in the legal field. He has
served in numerous leadership positions in the American Association of Law Schools and
the American Bar Association, and regularly speaks both domestically and internationally on legal education, diversity, and other scholarly interests.

Dean Morant has taught at the law schools at American University, University of Toledo, University of Michigan, University of Alabama, and, most recently, Washington & Lee, where he was an assistant dean. He has also been a visiting fellow of University College, Oxford. Prior to becoming a legal academic, he served in the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, as a senior associate with a Washington, D.C. law firm, and as an Assistant General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority.