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Washington Post Profiles W&L Law Alum

Jonathan Keiler is a 1984 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law. After four years as an Army Judge Advocate General officer and then moved to a private law firm in Bethesda, Md., before he changed course altogether and began teaching social studies at Bowie High School in Prince Georges County, Md. Earlier this week Jonathan was the subject of a fascinating article in the Washington Post where education columnist Jay Mathews disclosed how Jonathan nearly lost his job because he didn’t have the requisite credits for certification. What was particularly interesting is that, according to Mathews’ piece, the school system was giving him no credits for his three years at W&L’s School of Law, which Mathews called “one of the nation’s top law schools.” Just as Mathews’ piece was going to press, the school system relented, and Jonathan won’t lose his job. The certification issues notwithstanding, this is a profile of an excellent teacher and coach of the schools’ Mock Trial team. You can read Mathews’ story, “When a Gifted Teacher Has to Jump Through Hoops Just to Keep His Job, Change Is Needed,” here.

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