Chancellor Professor of Law Lynda L. Butler was named interim Dean of the William and Mary Law School effective Feb. 12. Butler was named to the position following the announcement by the Board of Visitors that Law School Dean Taylor Reveley will serve as interim President of the College of William and Mary.
Butler has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1979. She has served as Vice Dean of the Law School since 2000. Butler received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. Before entering academia, she practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC. Butler’s research and teaching focus on eminent domain/takings, environmental law, land use, and property law. She is faculty advisor to the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review and is a member of the coordinating committee for the Law School’s annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference. Butler has served previously at the College as President of the Faculty Assembly and as Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Cluster. She is a member (ex officio) of the Board of Governors of the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar.