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George E. White

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D. Yale University 1967
J.D. Harvard Law School 1970
M.A. Yale University 1964
B.A. Amherst College 1963

G. Edward White joined the Virginia law faculty in 1972 after a clerkship with Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court of the United States and a year as visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation. He was appointed John B. Minor Professor of Law and History in 1987, and held that chair until 2003, when he became David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law. In 1992, he was appointed to a University Professorship, which he held until 2003. From 1990 until 1992 and from 2001-03, he was the Sullivan & Cromwell Research Professor; from 1994-97 the E. James Kelly Research Professor; and from 1999-2001 the Class of 1963 Research Professor. He has held visiting appointments at New York Law School, William & Mary School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Arizona College of Law, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Auckland Law School and Harvard Law School. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and twice a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute. He received the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award in 2008.

White's 17 published books have won numerous honors and awards. These include final listing for the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, the James Willard Hurst Prize from the Law & Society Association, the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association, the Scribes Award and the Association of American Law Schools' Triennial Coif Award. White's books, and two of his scholarly articles, have garnered 17 such honors and awards since 1969.

White was editor of the Studies in Legal History series for the American Society for Legal History and the University of North Carolina Press from 1980-85, and adviser on law manuscripts for Oxford University Press from 1986-96. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History from 1977-79, and on the Board of Editors of the Virginia Quarterly Review from 1980-2002. White has delivered several endowed lectures, including the inaugural John Marshall Lecture, sponsored by the Boston Bar Association; the inaugural Jerome Hall Lecture at Hastings College of Law; the Swinford Lecture, sponsored by the University of Kentucky School of Law and the Kentucky Bar Association; the Keck Lecture at Amherst College; the Rosenthal Lectures at Northwestern University School of Law; the Neesima Lectures at Doshisha University, Japan; the Fulton Lecture at the Chicago School of Law; the Knowlton Distinguished Lecture at the University of South Carolina School of Law; the Hendricks Law and History Lecture at Washington & Lee Law School; and the Legal Research Foundation Lecture at the University of Auckland Law School. His most recent lecture was the March 8, 2016, Contextual Lecture at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

White’s 1996 book, Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953, reflects his life-long participation and interest in athletics. He lettered in four sports in college, formerly coached the Charlottesville High School girls soccer team, and has won a number of state- and citywide tournaments in doubles squash.

LAW 6007: Torts
Credits: 4
The course examines liability for civil wrongs that do not arise out of contract. It explores three standards of conduct: liability for intentional wrongdoing, negligence, and liability without fault, or strict liability, and other issues associated with civil liability, such as causation, damages, and defenses. Battery, medical malpractice, products liability, and tort reform will also be covered.
HIUS 6175: Law in American History: The Twentieth Century
Credits: 3
A survey of law in American history in the twentieth century. Some topics to be covered include jurisprudence and legal education from Legal Realism through "aw and"; regimes of mass media law; the emergence of administrative law; and several chapters on constitutional jurisprudence from 1930 to 2000, including foreign relations, equal protection, free speech, and due process.
HIUS 7055: Law in American History II: From Reconstruction Through the 1920s
Credits: 3
A survey of selected topics in American legal history from Reconstruction through the 1920s. Among the topics covered are civil rights in the Reconstruction era, law and the opening of the transcontinental west, foreign relations law, immigration law and policy, tort law, the treatment of crimes, legal education, and the internal work, due process cases, race relations cases, and free speech cases of the Supreme Court.
LAW 7133: Business and Governmental Tort Liability
Credits: 3
The emphasis throughout this course is on the bases for the imposition of liability and the constraints (including constitutional limits) on liability. Separate consideration also is given to categories of recoverable damages and to the nature and impact of liability insurance. Prerequisite: If enrolled in LAW 7104 cannot take LAW 7133
LAW 7166: Law and American History: From the Colonial Years through the Civil War
Credits: 3
A survey of the relationship between law and American history from the colonial years through the Civil War. Topics to be covered include law and the conditions of agricultural household life, law and the founding of the American republic, the emergence of the Supreme Court, law and entrepreneurship, law and the dissolution of the Union, and law in the Civil War.
LAW 7167: Law and American History: From Reconstruction through the 1920s
Credits: 3
A survey of the relationship between law and American history from Reconstruction through the 1920s.
LAW 7175: Law in American History: Twentieth Century
Credits: 3
This course is a survey of the development of private and public law in twentieth century America. Topics to be covered include jurisprudence, legal education, foreign relations law, the emergence of administrative law, the constitutional dimensions of equal protection, due process, and free speech law, and the relationship of law and politics in America.
HIUS 7559: New Course in United States History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of United States history.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 8818: Independent Research (YR)
This course is the first semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8819: Independent Research (YR)
Credits: 3
This course is the second semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.