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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Paul Marcus

Haynes Professor of Law
College of William and Mary

Professor Paul Marcus joined the law faculty of the College of William and Mary in 1992. A 1971 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals and then practiced law in Los Angeles. He served as Dean of the University of Arizona School of Law, taught at the University of Illinois School of Law, and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Geneva, Melbourne, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, Puerto Rico, San Diego, and Texas.

Professor Marcus is the author of Criminal Procedure in Practice, The Entrapment Defense, The Prosecution and Defense of Criminal Conspiracy Cases, and articles in many scholarly law journals. He is the co-author of Criminal Law: Cases and Material, Criminal Procedure: Cases and Materials, and Copyright and Other Aspects of Law Pertaining to Literary, Musical and Artistic Works.

Professor Marcus is founder of the Literature and the Law Program at the Central Virginia Regional Jail. He was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year, University of Arizona; Volunteer of the Year, Williamsburg Big Brothers Mentoring Program; and Williams Teacher of the Year. He also received the Sullivan Award given by the College of William and Mary for outstanding public service.

Professor Marcus is a member of the American Bar Association Committees on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and International Criminal Law. He has been chair of numerous committees within the Association of American Law Schools.For three years he was the co-reporter for the National Right to Counsel Committee, a bipartisan group which reviewed the provision of legal services to indigent criminal defendants throughout the United States.

Professor Marcus was the College of William and Marys first recipient of the Kelly Chair in Teaching Excellence. He teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative criminal justice, copyright, law and literature, and entertainment law. He often speaks to foreign visitors, civic organizations, and high school groups on the United States criminal justice system. He also routinely serves, on a pro bono basis, as advisor to counsel in criminal matters, both for the prosecution and for the defense.

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Paul Marcus


"My teaching responsibilities do not end with my time in the law school classroom. The education process for law students goes well beyond that setting. I spend countless hours in my office and in the student lounge talking with students about law, the profession, and their own potential to make important contributions."