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Peter W. Low

Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law
LL.B., University of Virginia School of Law, 1963
A.B., Princeton University, 1959

After earning his law degree, Peter Low clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. He joined the Virginia law faculty the next year, 1964. For about half of the period from 1965 until 1985, Low served as assistant and then associate dean. In 1989 he was appointed academic associate dean, a position he held until Jan. 1, 1994, when he was named the acting vice president and provost of the University. He became the vice president and provost of the University in July of 1994 and served in that position until Sept. 1, 2001. He then returned to the law faculty. He continues to serve as the University's representative to an international consortium of universities (see www.universitas21.com).

Low became the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law in 1975. He was the first recipient of the John V. Ray Research Professorship in Law in 1987, a two-year appointment. His major teaching areas are criminal law and federal criminal law. He is also active in the federal courts and civil rights areas. In the past he has taught civil procedure, constitutional law and conflict of laws. He taught in the initial session of the Law School's summer LL.M. program for judges. He lectured frequently to local police and FBI agents at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., from 1972 to 1982, and served as the academic coordinator for law-related instruction at the academy from 1970 until 1999. He was a member of the faculty at the law session of the Salzburg Seminars in American Studies in 1972, and was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University in England for six months in 1970. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford law schools. He is a member of the Raven Society, and is a Life Member of the American Law Institute.


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Books:

Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution, 2011 Supplement (with John C. Jeffries, Jr., Pamela S. Karlan, and George A. Rutherglen) (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2013).

Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations (with John C. Jeffries, Jr., and Curtis A. Bradley) (Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2011).

Criminal Law: Cases and Materials
(with Richard C. Bonnie, Anne M. Coughlin, and John C. Jeffries, Jr.) (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2010).

Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution (with John C. Jeffries, Jr., Pamela S. Karlan & George A. Rutherglen) (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2007).

Criminal Law (Thomson/West, 3d ed. 2007).

2005 Supplement to Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations, Fifth Edition
(with John C. Jeffries, Jr.) (Foundation Press, 2005).

Criminal Law (with Richard J. Bonnie, Anne M. Coughlin & John C. Jeffries, Jr.) (Foundation Press, 1997; 2d ed. 2004).

Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations with Supplements (with John C. Jeffries, Jr.) (Foundation Press, 1986; 2d ed. 1989; 3d ed. 1994; 4th ed. 1998; 5th ed. 2004).

Federal Criminal Law (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2003).

Criminal Law (West, 1984; Rev. 1st ed. 1990; 2d ed. 2002).

Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution (with John C. Jeffries, Jr., Pamela S. Karlan & George A. Rutherglen) (Foundation Press, 2000).

The Trial of John W. Hinckley, Jr.: A Case Study in the Insanity Defense (with John C. Jeffries, Jr. & Richard J. Bonnie) (Foundation Press, 1986; 2d ed. 2000).

Federal Criminal Law (with Joseph L. Hoffmann) (Foundation Press, 1997).

Civil Rights Actions: Section 1983 and Related Statutes with Supplements (with John C. Jeffries, Jr.) (Foundation Press, 1988; 2d. ed. 1994).

Criminal Law: Cases and Materials with Supplements (with John C. Jeffries, Jr. & Richard J. Bonnie) (Foundation Press, 1982, 2d. ed. 1986).

Model Penal Code and Commentaries (official draft and revised commentaries): Part I, General Provisions (reporter, with others). 3 vols. (American Law Institute, 1985).

Model Penal Code and Commentaries (official draft and revised commentaries): Part II, Definition of Specific Crimes (reporter, with John C. Jeffries, Jr.) 3 vols. (American Law Institute, 1980). Excerpt reprinted as "The Crime of Burglary under the Model Penal Code," Prac Law, Dec. 1, 1980, at 33-50.

Standards Relating to the Administration of Criminal Justice: Compilation with Index (co-editor) (American Bar Association Project on Standards for Criminal Justice, 1974).


Book Chapters/Multi-Author Works:

Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations, 2009 Supplement (with John C. Jeffries, Jr. and Curtis A. Bradley) (Foundation Press, 2009).

Final Report: a Proposed New Federal Criminal Code (Title 18, United States Code) (consultant on sentencing; theft; and forgery and other fraudulent practices) (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1971).

"Comment on Forgery and Fraud Offenses: Sections 1737, 1738, 1751-1758," 2 Working Papers of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws 959 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).

"Comment on the Sentencing System: Part C," 2 Working Papers of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws 1289 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).

"Comment on Theft Offenses: Sections 1731-1741" (with Richard A. Green), 2 Working Papers of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws 913 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).

"Preliminary Memorandum on Sentencing Structure," 2 Working Papers of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws 1245 (National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, 1970).

Standards Relating to Probation (contributor) (American Bar Association Project on Standards for Criminal Justice, 1970).

"Statement. Measures Relating to Organized Crime," 184-213, 542. U.S. Congress. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings, Mar. 18-June 4, 1969. Prepared statement reprinted as "Special Offender Sentencing," 8 Am. Crim. L. Q. 70 (1970).

Standards Relating to Sentencing Alternatives and Procedure (reporter) (American Bar Association Project on Minimum Standards for Criminal Justice, 1968).

Standards Relating to Appellate Review of Sentences (reporter) (American Bar Association Project on Minimum Standards for Criminal Justice, 1968).

Articles:

"Monrad G. Paulsen: Dean 1968-76," Va. L. Sch. Rep. (1988).

"The Model Penal Code, the Common Law, and Mistakes of Fact: Recklessness, Negligence, or Strict Liability?" 19 Rutgers L. J. 539 (1988).
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"Police Legal Education" (with John C. Jeffries, Jr.), Va. L. Sch. Rep. (1979).

"Monrad Paulsen," 63 Va. L. Rev. 170 (1977).

"Constitutionalizing the Criminal Law?" (with John C. Jeffries, Jr.), Va. L. Wkly., (1977).
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"Review of Frankel, Criminal Sentences," 87 Harv. L. Rev. 687 (1974).
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"Reform of the Sentencing Process," 29 Camb. L.J. 237 (1971).
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"Low Analyzes Reforms Submitted to Congress," Va. L. Wkly., (1971). Reprinted in 23 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 1-8 (1971-72).

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