William & Mary

Robinson named to Tucker Adjunct Professorship

Professorship celebrates excellent adjunct faculty

Professorship celebrates excellent adjunct faculty:  Davison Douglass and Neal J. Robinson.

William & Mary Law School Dean Davison Douglas presented the 2009-2010 St. George Tucker Adjunct Professorship to Neal J. Robinson during a luncheon at the Alumni House on August 28, 2009. The professorship, created in 1995, is given each year to a member of the Law School's adjunct faculty for outstanding teaching. The professorship is named for St. George Tucker, a law professor at William & Mary in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries who was one of the most influential legal scholars of his time.

Robinson is a partner with Tarley Robinson P.L.L.C. in Williamsburg, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and securities law. He is a 1992 graduate of the Law School and has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2003. He teaches Complex Transactional Practice and Accounting for Lawyers. In the past two years, he has also co-taught an innovative course that involves both law and business students, Entrepreneurship: Business & Legal Problems.

Before attending law school, Robinson enjoyed a successful career in business. Early in his career, Robinson became vice president for finance of Braniff Airlines-the youngest person in that company's history to hold that position. Thereafter, Robinson served as president and chief executive officer of U.S. Telephone, a company that later became the long-distance unit of Sprint Communications. Immediately before beginning his studies at William & Mary Law School in 1989, Robinson was the chief executive officer of Voice Control Systems-a company that became a world leader in the development of voice recognition technologies.

"Neal Robinson is a marvelous person to serve as our St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor for 2009-10," said Douglas. "He is an extraordinarily dedicated teacher who brings a rich background in both law and business to the classroom. Our students are fortunate to have him as their professor." i