James E. Moliterno Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Emeritus

Phone: 540-458-8366

Email: moliternoj@wlu.edu

Office: 437 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Legal Education, Judicial Ethics, Lawyer Ethics, Professional Responsibility


BS,1977, Youngstown State University

JD,1980, University of Akron


James E. Moliterno is the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. For 21 years prior to joining the W&L faculty in 2009, he was the Tazewell Taylor Professor of Law, Director of the Legal Skills Program, and Director of Clinical Programs at the College of William & Mary, serving also as Vice Dean from 1997-2000. He has taught legal ethics courses and professional skills courses at six law schools over the past thirty years.  A member of the American Law Institute, he has held committee leadership roles in both AALS and the ABA. He was the 2012 recipient of the Rebuilding Justice Award from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in recognition of his career-long legal education reform work.

He is author or co-author of ten books including the forthcoming THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROFESSION IN CRISIS: RESISTANCE AND RESPONSES TO CHANGE (Oxford Univ. Press),  GLOBAL ISSUES IN LEGAL ETHICS (West 2013, with Paton) and CASES AND MATERIALS ON THE LAW GOVERNING LAWYERS (4th ed. Lexis, 2012). He is also the author of numerous articles on legal ethics and the teaching of legal ethics. The William & Mary Legal Skills Program, under his direction, was recognized as a model for the teaching of professional skills and ethics, receiving the inaugural ABA Gambrell Professionalism Award in 1991.

He has engaged in substantial international legal ethics and legal education reform work, designing new lawyer and judge ethics courses in Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.  He has trained law professors in China, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia and Serbia.  He has trained judges in Kosove and both judges and prosecutors in Indonesia. He has worked to revise the lawyer ethics code in Thailand and Georgia and lectured extensively on international lawyer ethics topics in Spain, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. He has prepared course materials that are in use in Serbia, Armenia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, and China. Summary of International Work.

Admitted to practice in West Virginia; Staff Attorney and Prison Project Coordinator, West Virginia Legal Services Plan, Inc., 1980-82; Instructor, Seattle University School of Law (formerly University of Puget Sound), 1982-85; Clinical Instructor and Lecturer, West Virginia University College of Law, 1985-86; Faculty Supervisor, Federal Inmate Assistance Program, 1986-87; Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Instructor, 1986-87; Assistant Professor of Law, Texas Tech University, 1987-88; Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Legal Skills, College of William and Mary, 1988-91; Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Skills, 1991-93; Director of Center for Teaching Legal Ethics, 1995-98; Vice Dean, 1997-2000; Director of Clinical Programs, 2002-07; Professor of Law and Director of Legal Skills, 1993-2009; Tazewell Taylor Professor of Law, 2003-09; Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, 2009-.

Recent Publications


Experiencing Civil Procedure (2013)

Professional Responsibility (2013)

The American Legal Profession in Crisis: Resistance and Responses to Change (2013)

Cases and Materials on the Law Governing Lawyers (2012)


A Way Forward for an Ailing Legal Education Model (James E. Moliterno) Chapman Law Review (2013)

Can Law Schools Prepare Students to be Practice Ready? (Sara Rankin, Susanna K. Ripken, R. Michael Cassidy, et al.) CHAP. L. REV. (2013)

The Trouble with Lawyer Regulation (James E Moliterno) Emory Law Journal (2013)

Crisis Regulation (James E Moliterno) Michigan State Law Review (2012)

- See Prof. Moliterno's full list of publications at his Scholarly Commons page.