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 John Granville Douglass
John Granville Douglass
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Criminal Law Criminal Procedure Evidence Lawyering Skills (Trial Advocacy) Lawyering Skills (Appellate Advocacy)

Professor John Douglass served as Dean of the Law School from 2007-2011, and teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and trial advocacy. Professor Douglass's academic publications have focused on criminal prosecution, the criminal trial process, and the Confrontation Clause, and his scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law ReviewGeorge Washington Law ReviewFordham Law Review, and Emory Law Journal, among other venues. Before joining the Law School in 1996, Professor Douglass served as an Assistant United States Attorney and as Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office in Richmond. He served on the staff of Independent Counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation and was a partner in a Richmond law firm. Professor Douglass is a certified mediator and member of The McCammon Group. He teaches and directs programs in trial advocacy and other litigation skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He served as Chair of the City of Richmond Charter Review Commission in 2009-10. He currently chairs the ABA's Virginia Assessment Team on the Death Penalty and serves on the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission and the Ethics Committee for the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System. Professor Douglass received the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award in 1999. 

Member, Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century
Former Member of Board of Directors, Interfaith Housing Corporation
Former Chairman, Interfaith Housing Corporation
Founding Director, Interfaith Housing Corporation
Member, MCV Hospital Ethics Committee
Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Member, Virginia Model Jury Instructions Committee
Member, Virginia State Bar Faculty for the Course in Professionalism
Member, VSB-VBA Joint Committee on Dispute Resolution
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the District of Columbia
District of Maryland
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (2011 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Mediator (1996 - present)
The McCammon Group, Richmond, VA
Dean and Professor of Law (2008 - 2011)
Professor of Law (1996 - 2008)
Associate Professor of Law (1999 - 2002)
Assistant Professor of Law (1996 - 1999)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of Criminal Section (1992 - 1996)
U.S. Department of Justice
Partner (1988 - 1991)
Wright, Robinson, McCammon, Osthimer & Tatum, Richmond, VA
Associate (1986 - 1991)
Wright, Robinson, McCammon, Osthimer & Tatum, Richmond, VA
Associate Counsel (1987 - 1990)
Office of Independent Counsel for the Iran/Contra Investigation, Richmond, VA
Assistant U.S. Attorney (1983 - 1986)
U.S. Department of Justice, Baltimore, MD
Associate, General Civil Litigation (1981 - 1983)
McGuire, Woods & Battle, Richmond, VA
Law Clerk to the Hon. Harrison L. Winter (1980 - 1981)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Mediator Supreme Court of Virginia , 1997
Journal Articles

Tribute to Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, 47 University of Richmond Law Review 761 (2013).

In Memoriam: Robert E. Shepard Jr., 44 University of Richmond Law Review 1 (2009).

Beyond the Ivory Tower, 43 University of Richmond Law Review 1 (2008).

Can Prosecutors Bluff? Brady v. Maryland and Plea Bargaining, 57 Case Western Reserve Law Review 581 (2007).

Raiding Islam: Searches That Target Religious Institutions, 19 Journal of Law and Religion 95 (2004).

Rethinking Theft Crimes in Virginia, 38 University of Richmond Law Review 13 (2003).

Virtual Cross-Examination: The Art of Impeaching Hearsay, 34 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 149 (2003).

Jimmy Hoffa's Revenge: White-Collar Rights under the McDade Amendment, 11 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 123 (2002).

Confronting the Reluctant Accomplice, 101 Columbia Law Review 1797 (2001).

Balancing Hearsay and Criminal Discovery, 68 Fordham Law Review 2097 (2000).

Stacking of Uninsured and Underinsured Motor Vehicle Coverages, 24 University of Richmond Law Review 87 (with Frank Telegadas) (1989).

Magazine/Trade Publications

The Breard Case and the Virtues of Forbearance, Richmond Law Magazine (Summer 1998).

The Gifts of the Wizard, University of Richmond Magazine (Fall 1997).

Additional Publications

Panel Members Urge Caution in Implementing USA PATRIOT Act, Education and Practice 11 1 (Virginia State Bar Section on Education of Lawyers) (Fall 2002).

The View from Campus 5 Education and Practice (Virginia State Bar Section on Education of Lawyers) (Spring 1997).

B.A., Dartmouth College 1977
J.D., Harvard Law School 1980
Contact Information
Room 213-B, Law School
(804) 289 8198
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law and Procedure
Confrontation Clause
Trial Advocacy and Plea Bargaining