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Duke University Law Professor to Speak at W&L

— by on October 10th, 2008

Thomas B. Metzloff, professor of law at Duke Law School since 1985, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Huntley Hall, Room 327. The title of his talk is “VMI and Co-education: The Civil War Revisited or Defenders of Educational Creativity?” and is open to the public.

Metzloff also is director of the Voices of American Law project whose goal is interviewing the parties, attorneys, experts and judges involved in the development of important Supreme Court cases dealing with key constitutional values (such as the First Amendment, privacy rights, property rights). The interviews are used to create detailed documentaries used in law schools and other educational settings to study Constitutional rights and values.

Metzloff also has conducted extensive research on the litigation system as it relates to medical malpractice disputes. For example, he conducted a major empirical study of court-ordered mediation in medical malpractice cases funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

He is active in a number of professional activities, and has served as an advisory member to the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee and on the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Committee.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Metzloff earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.