Todd C. Peppers Visiting Professor of Law

Email:pepperst@wlu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Death Penalty, Judicial Behavior, Supreme Court History, Torts

Education

BA, 1990, Washington and Lee University

JD, 1994, University of Virginia

PhD, 2003, Emory University

About

After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994, Peppers clerked for United States District Court Judge Thomas M. Shanahan and United States Magistrate Judge Glen E. Conrad. While attending graduate school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Peppers also worked as an associate at the law firm of Hawkins and Parnell. In 2002, Peppers joined the Department of Public Affairs at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He remained of counsel with Hawkins and Parnell until 2004, and from 2008 to 2011 he was a Lecturer in Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Peppers presently he holds the Henry H. and Trudye H. Fowler Chair at Roanoke College. Peppers has been a Visiting Professor of Law from 2011 to present.

Recent Publications

Books

Of Courtiers and Princes: Stories of Lower Court Clerks and Their Judges (Todd C. Peppers, ed.),  University of Virginia Press (forthcoming, 2019)

A Courageous Fool: Marie Deans and Her Fight against the Death Penalty (Todd C. Peppers with Margaret Anderson), Vanderbilt University Press (2017)    

Of Courtiers & Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (Todd C. Peppers and Clare Cushman, eds.), University of Virginia Press (2015)  

In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward, eds.), University of Virginia Press (2012)  

Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas (Todd C. Peppers and Laura Anderson), Northeastern University Press (2009)  

Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk, Stanford University Press (2006)

Book Chapters

"Family Traditions: Parents and Children Who Have Clerked at the Court," Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, University of Virginia Press (2015)

"Of Cert. Petitions and LBJ: Clerking for Justice Abe Fortas" (Todd C. Peppers, Chad Oldfather, and Bridget Tainer-Parkins), Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, University of Virginia Press (2015)  

"Summer Vacation with Will and Misch: Chief Justice William Howard Taft and his Law Clerks," Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, University of Virginia Press (2015)  

"The Modern Clerkship: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Her Law Clerks,"  In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, University of Virginia Press (2012).  

"Half-Clerk, Half-Son: Justice Felix Frankfurter and His Law Clerks" (Todd C. Peppers and Beth See Driver),  In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, University of Virginia Press (2012)

Articles

"Clerking for 'God's Grandfather' - Chauncey Belknap's Year with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr." (Todd C. Peppers, Ira Matetsky, Elizabeth R. Williams and Jessica Winn),  Journal of Supreme Court History (2018)

"The Commonwealth of Virginia v. Joseph Michael Giarratano: A Cautionary Tale,"  Washington and Lee Law Review (2016)  

"Truthiness and the Marble Palace" (Chad M. Oldfather and Todd C. Peppers), Emory Law Journal Online (2016)  

"Policy Making Under Constraint: Decision Modes in the U.S. Court of Appeals" (Micheal W. Giles, Joshua Strayhorn and Todd C. Peppers), Justice System Journal (2015)  

"Judicial Assistants or Junior Judges:  The Hiring, Utilization, and Influence of Law Clerks" (Chad Oldfather and Todd C. Peppers), Marquette Law Review  2014)               

"Surgeons or Scribes? The Role of United States Court of Appeals Law Clerks in 'Appellate Triage'" (Todd C. Peppers, Micheal W. Giles, and Bridget Tainer-Parkins), Marquette Law Review  (2014)