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Ed Wayland

J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1977
B.A., Hamilton College, 1970

Ed Wayland serves as the lead instructor for the Consumer Law Clinic.

Wayland is a Charlottesville attorney specializing in consumer rights issues. He has been admitted to practice in Virginia since 1977, when he first came to Charlottesville to work with the Legal Aid Justice Center (then known as the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society), which provides free legal representation to low-income Virginians. He worked for Legal Aid for a number of years, including as senior staff attorney, and then as executive director. Wayland worked on cases in the areas of public benefits, public housing, private landlord-tenant, domestic violence and other family law matters as well as consumer cases.

Since leaving Legal Aid in 1994, Wayland has worked as a private attorney, focusing mainly on consumer cases. He has also engaged in a number of other projects. He helped to found Piedmont Court-Appointed Special Advocates, which provides volunteers to assist children involved in domestic relations disputes, and he served on CASA’s board of directors for several years. He has also served on the board of directors of the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the state-wide organization providing training and other help to legal services programs for low-income clients throughout Virginia. During one term of the Virginia General Assembly, he served as clerk of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. From 2000-2003, he supervised UVA Law students who worked with clients in need of Legal Aid services.

Wayland has been a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the nation-wide association of consumer rights attorneys, since 2003.

Between 2004 and 2013, Wayland lived and worked in both Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, where his wife was employed as an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2006, he taught a course in public interest Law at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery. In 2013, he returned to Charlottesville, where he continues his work in private practice specializing in consumer cases.

While in law school, Wayland was named to the staff of the Columbia Law Review. He resigned from the Law Review at the end of his second year and became one of the co-editors-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.