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 Todd C. Peppers & Clare Cushman, eds., Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices 231 (University of Virginia Press, 2015).

“Urgent Conversations,” in Mildred Wigfall Robinson & Richard J. Bonnie, eds., Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education 149 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009).


“Deforming the Federal Rules: An Essay on What’s Wrong with the Recent Erie Decisions” (with George Rutherglen), 92 Va. L. Rev. 707 (2006).

"Ironies, Inconsistencies, and Intercollegiate Athletics: Title IX, Title VII, and Statistical Evidence of Discrimination" (with George Rutherglen), 1 Va. J. Sports & L. 177 (1999).

"Terry v. Ohio, the Warren Court, and the Fourth Amendment: A Law Clerk's Perspective," 72 St. John's L. Rev. 891 (1998).

"Federalism and Federal Rule of Evidence 501: Privilege and Vertical Choice of Law," 82 Geo. L. J. 1781 (1994).

"Getting Beyond the Civil/Criminal Distinction: A New Approach to the Regulation of Indirect Contempts," 79 Va. L. Rev. 1025 (1993).

"Discovery Abuse Revisited: Some Specific Proposals to Amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," 26 USF L. Rev. 189 (1992).

"Tom Bergin—Bird Thou Never Wert," Va. L. Wkly., Feb. 28, 1992, at S1, S4.

"Leadership," UVa Lawyer, Fall 1990, at 2. Reprinted in Va. B. A. J., Spring 1991, at 18-20.

"Legal Issues Raised by Policy" (with George Rutherglen), U. J., Feb. 18, 1991, at 3.

"The Man for the Moment: Army Boothe Gave Virginians, Black and White, the Courage to Stand Together against Forces of Racial Division," Wash. Post, Feb. 18, 1990, at B8. Reprinted in Va. L. Sch. Rep., Spring 1990, at 48.

Book Review:

"Law School: The Cleavage between the Practical and the Intellectual," 60-61 Change Apr. 1984 (reviewing Stevens, Law School).

Current Courses

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All Courses

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



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