Earl C. Dudley Jr.

  • Professor Emeritus

Beginning in 1982, Earl Dudley taught trial advocacy seminars at the Law School while he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Nussbaum Owen & Webster. Then, in 1989, he became a full-time faculty member. Dudley's career, before he came to Virginia, was in private practice, except for two years when he was general counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the Law School, Dudley teaches civil and criminal procedure, evidence, criminal law, constitutional law, and trial advocacy.

As a law student, Dudley was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Stanley Reed and Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court of the United States. He serves on the Virginia State Bar Committee on Professionalism and was a member of the boards of directors of the Stuart Stiller Memorial Foundation, the Disability Rights Center, and the Center for the Study of Psychiatry. He was a public member of the ethics committee of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, as well as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in programs in various cities.


  • LL.B.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    Amherst College

Book Chapters

A Two-For Clerkship: Stanley F. Reed and Earl Warren, in Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, University of Virginia Press, 231–250 (2015).
Urgent Conversations, in Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education, Vanderbilt University Press, 149–152 (2009).
Contempt Power, Judicial (Update), in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, Macmillan Reference USA, 671–672 (2000).

Articles & Reviews

Deforming the Federal Rules: An Essay on What’s Wrong with the Recent Erie Decisions (with George Rutherglen), 92 Virginia Law Review 707–748 (2006).
Ironies, Inconsistencies, and Intercollegiate Athletics: Title IX, Title VII, and Statistical Evidence on Discrimination (with George Rutherglen), 1 Virginia Journal of Sports & Law 177–233 (1999).
Law School: The Cleavage Between the Practical and the Intellectual (reviewing Robert Brocking Stevens, Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1860s to the 1980s) Change 60–61 (1984).

Op-Eds, Blogs, Shorter Works

The Strict Honor Code for Students at the University of Virginia, Chronicle of Higher Education B4 (May 31, 2002).
Tom Bergin—Bird Thou Never Wert, Virginia Law Weekly S1, S4 (February 28, 1992).
Legal Issues Raised by Policy (with George Rutherglen), University Journal 3 (February 18, 1991).
Leadership, UVA Lawyer 2 (1991).

Current Courses

No courses were found for this instructor.

All Courses

Prosecutorial Function: Principles & Practice (seminar)
Ethical Values (seminar)
Trial Advocacy (seminar)