Graham C. Lilly

  • Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law Emeritus

Graham Lilly joined the faculty in 1967. He served as assistant dean from 1969 until 1973, when he was appointed executive director of the Law School Foundation. In 1976 Lilly returned to full-time teaching. His primary teaching fields are evidence, civil procedure, federal courts, constitutional law, and conflict of laws. In 1980 he was named Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor of Law, and in 1987 he was appointed to the Armistead M. Dobie Professorship. He was associate dean for academic affairs during 1986-89 and associate provost of the University from 1989 to 1990. During the period 1992-95, Lilly held the Class of 1948 Research Professorship. He held the Thomas F. Bergin Chair from 1996 to 1999.

Immediately after his graduation from law school, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, Lilly practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, as a captain in the U.S. Army, he was a member of the faculty in the Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville.


  • LL.B.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.S.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute


Principles of Evidence (with Daniel J. Capra and Stephen A. Saltzburg) (West, 6th ed. 2012).

An Introduction to the Law of Evidence (West, 1978; 2d ed. 1987; 3d ed. 1996).

The Appellate Process and Staff Research Attorneys in the Supreme Court of Virginia (National Center for State Courts Appellate Justice Project, 1974).


"When Privilege Fails: Interstate Litigation and the Erosion of Privilege Law" (with Molly Bishop Shadel), 66 Ark. L. Rev. 613 (2013).
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“Modeling Class Actions: The Representative Suit as an Analytic Tool,” 81 Neb. L. Rev. 1008 (2003).

"The Decline of the American Jury," 72 Univ. of Colo. L. Rev. 53 (2001).

"Making Sense of Nonsense: Reforming Supplemental Jurisdiction," 74 Ind. L.J. 181 (1998).

"Skills, Values, and Education: The MacCrate Report Finds a Home in Wisconsin," 80 Marq. L. Rev. 753 (1997).

"Law Schools without Lawyers?: Winds of Change in Legal Education," 81 Va. L. Rev. 1421 (1995).

"The Symmetry of Preclusion," 54 Ohio St. L. J. 289 (1993).

"Richard A. Merrill: a Tribute," Va. Law Sch. Rept., Summer 1988, at 7.

"Jurisdiction over Domestic and Alien Defendants," 69 Va. L. Rev. 85 (1983).

"Notes on the Confrontation Clause and Ohio v. Roberts," 36 U. Fla. L. Rev. 207 (1983).

"Appellate Justice: a Crisis in Virginia?" (with Antonin Scalia), 57 Va. L. Rev. 3 (1971).

"The Thirteenth Annual Survey of Virginia Law: 1967-1968," 54 Va. L. Rev. 1611 (1968).

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