On December 4, 1779, George Wythe became the first professor of law in America, a professorship created at William & Mary by the Board of Visitors at the urging of Thomas Jefferson. Wythe was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a "second father" to Jefferson, and epitomized the lawyer as civic leader and passionate advocate for equality and justice.
The Law School will commemorate the 240th anniversary of that historic event in December 2019. The occasion also gives us a chance in 2019 to recall our place in history as America's first law school and the contributions of all the citizen lawyers educated here who have epitomized Wythe's spirit of leadership, integrity and selfless service. In coming months, we will be sharing details for other celebrations related to our 240th!