William Hamilton Bryson

Blackstone Professor of Law

Profile

Professor Hamilton Bryson teaches and writes in the areas of English legal history, Virginia legal history, and Virginia procedure and practice. He has published numerous books and book chapters on these subjects, and is the founding editor of the Virginia Circuit Court Opinions. He has also edited and published several collections of early modern English law reports. Professor Bryson is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the John Marshall American Inn of Court, and the Virginia Correspondent of the Selden Society. He serves on the Advisory Committee on rules of Court of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Grants and Fellowships

1963-64 - Fulbright Grant to study Economics in Grenoble, France

1970-72 - William Senior Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge

1972-73 - Post-doctoral fellowship, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt-am-Main

1980 - American Council of Learned Societies grant for legal history research in England (Clare Hall, Cambridge)

Memberships

Virginia State Bar, member since 1967

Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, Judicial Council of Virginia, 1986 to present

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Selden Society (Virginia Correspondent)

American Society for Legal History (Nominating Committee 1976, Program Committee 1977-78, Board of Directors 1981-84, Surrency Prize Committee 1981-87)

John Marshall Inn of Court (Executive Committee, 1999 to present)

American Journal of Legal History (Editorial Board, 1976 to present; Assistant Editor, 1999 to present)

Virginia State Bar (Bicentennial Committee 1975-80; Committee on Reducing Litigation Costs and Delays 1982-1990)

Virginia Bar Association (Member of the executive committee of the "Boyd-Graves Conference" on civil procedure 1982 to present; member of the Council of the Civil Litigation Section 1984 to present)

Association of American Law Schools (Law school delegate 1975, 1985; Legal History Section secretary 1976, chairman 1977)

Virginia Historical Society, member

Medieval Academy of America, member

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Service of Process Study Committee, 1986

Bar Admissions

Virginia

Professional Experience

Professor of Law (1980-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Associate Professor of Law (1976-1980)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Assistant Professor of Law (1973-1976)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Publications

Books

Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (LexisNexis. vols. 72, 73 (2007), vols. 74, 75 (2008), vols. 76, 77, 78 (2009), vols. 79, 80 (2010), vol. 81 (2011), vols. 82, 83 (2012), vols. 84, 85 (2013)) (ed.).

Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Volume 2: 'Foreign Law' (Duncker & Humblot 2010) (ed. with Serge Dauchy and Matthew Mirow).

Robert Paynell's King's Bench Reports (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 2010) (ed.).

Miscellaneous Chancery Reports (1714-1730) (William S. Hein & Co. 2009) (ed.).

Robert Paynell's Exchequer Reports (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 2009) (ed.).

Cambridge Studies in English Legal History: The Equity Side of the Exchequer (Cambridge U. Press, 2008).

Equity Cases in the Court of Exchequer, 1660 to 1714 (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 2007) (ed.).

Dictionary of Sigla and Abbreviations to and in Law Books before 1607, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975; 2d ed. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1996; rept. in I. I. Kavass and M. M. Prince, eds., World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations, Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1996.

The Equity Side of the Exchequer. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1975; reprint Holmes Beach, Fla.: Gaunt, 1986.

The Virginia Law Reporters Before 1880. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977.

A Census of Law Books in Colonial Virginia. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978.

Discovery in Virginia. Charlottesville: Michie Co., 1978.

Notes on Virginia Civil Procedure. Charlottesville: Michie Co., 1979.

A Bibliography of Virginia Legal History Before 1900. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1979; 2d ed. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1997.

Legal Education in Virginia 1779-1979: A Biographical Approach. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1982.

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure. Charlottesville: Michie Co., 1st ed. 1983; 2d ed. 1989; pocket supp. 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.

Interrogatories and Depositions in Virginia, Charlottesville: Michie Co., 1969.

Chapters

The Code of Virginia of 1849, in Within a Reasonable Time: The History of Due and Undue Delay in Civil Litigation (C. H. van Rhee ed., Duncker & Humblot 2010).

Edmund Pendleton (d. 1803) and Bushrod Washington (d. 1829), in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (R. K. Newman ed., Yale Univ. Press 2009).

St. George Tucker (d. 1827), in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (D. Tanenhaus ed., Macmillan 2008).

Reviews

Book Review, 13 Edinburgh L. Rev. 369 (2009) (reviewing Cambridge History of Law in America, vol. 1).

Education

B.A., Hampden-Sydney College 1963

LL.B., Harvard University School of Law 1967

LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law 1968

Ph.D., Cambridge University 1972

LL.D., Cambridge University 2013

Contact Information

(804) 289-8196
(Mobile)
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

English Legal History
Virginia Legal History
Virginia Procedure and Practice