School of Law Welcomes New Faculty Members

Lexington, VA Friday, August 03, 2007

The Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to welcome three professors as new faculty members. In addition to Rodney Smolla, who was named Dean and Professor of Law in February (view press release), Robin Fretwell Wilson and Lawton Cummings will join the permanent faculty this fall.

Professor Robin Wilson

Robin F. Wilson, associate professor of law, is no stranger to the Washington and Lee community, having served as a visiting professor at the School of Law during the 2006-07 academic year. A specialist in Family Law and Health Law, her research and teaching interests also include Insurance and Biomedical Ethics.

Professor Wilson received recently a Citizen Lawmaker Award for her research and work that led the Virginia General Assembly this year to pass House Bill 2969, which prohibits the little-known but common practice at teaching hospitals of allowing medical students to perform pelvic exams on anesthetized patients without explicit consent.

Professor Wilson is the editor of two volumes: Reconceiving the Family: Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and the Handbook of Children, Culture & Violence (Sage Publications, 2006) (with Nancy Dowd & Dorothy G. Singer).

More information about Professor Wilson is available on her faculty web page.

Professor Lawton Cummings

Prior to entering academic life, Lawton Cummings, assistant professor of law, was a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Slade & Associates in New York, and Wheeler Trigg Kennedy in Denver. She also was a judicial law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Peter K. Leisure in the Southern District of New York. 

Professor Cummings teaches courses on legal ethics and criminal law, and her scholarship focuses on the application of moral philosophy to problems of legal ethics that arise in the practice of white collar criminal law and for corporate in-house counsel.

Professor Cummings is a frequent guest on the national Fox News Channel providing legal analysis on a variety of issues. Most recently, she appeared on Fox News Live with Jane Skinner discussing the likelihood that the prosecution will receive a first-degree murder conviction in the case of Eric Hainstock, a 16-year old boy who killed his principal after the school refused to protect him from being bullied.  

More information about Professor Cummings is available on her faculty web page.

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