B. Waugh Crigler

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Judge B. Waugh Crigler served as U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Virginia from September 1981 until his retirement in September 2013. There, he presided over a wide range of civil and criminal pretrial matters, jury trials and mediations. Since his retirement from the bench, Crigler has served as a member of The McCammon Group, which provides mediation and arbitration services to lawyers in Virginia and other states.

Judge Crigler was a member of the University of Tennessee Law Review, and was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1972 and into the Order of the Coif in 1973. He served a law clerk to Judge Robert L. Taylor in the Eastern District of Tennessee from 1973-74, after which he entered private general practice in Culpeper, Va., where he focused on general criminal and civil litigation. He has been admitted to the bars of Tennessee, the District of Columbia and Virginia and to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While practicing law, he was elected president of the Culpeper Bar Association and served as regional director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association and as a member of the VBA’s Criminal Law Committee.

In 1991, Judge Crigler was appointed by the chief justice of the United States to serve as a member of the Criminal Rule Advisory Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. During his six-year term, the Advisory Committee initiated various changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Crigler has served as a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Professionalism Commission, whose Principles of Professionalism have been endorsed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. He also was appointed to serve as a member and vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) Section on Education and as a board member of the Litigation Section, has been a member of the VSB Professionalism Committee and the Professionalism Faculty, chaired the formation of the VSB Professionalism For Law Students Course and has served as both co-chair and faculty member for the course since its inception. In 2015 he was the recipient of the VSB’s William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award.

Judge Crigler began teaching Trial Advocacy in 1987, and together with Professor Kent Sinclair and Lee Livingston, a Charlottesville lawyer, developed the course, Practical Trial Evidence, which is now part of the clinical curriculum.


  • J.D.
    University of Tennessee College of Law
  • B.A.
    Washington & Lee University

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