Ronald J. Bacigal
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Criminal Law Criminal Procedure Criminal Process Comparative Criminal Procedure Evidence

Professor Ronald Bacigal teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal process and procedure, and evidence. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen books and almost fifty articles on these subjects, and is widely regarded as the leading authority on Virginia criminal law and procedure. Professor Bacigal is the author of treatises on criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal procedure forms, evidence, and jury instructions in West Publishing’s Virginia Practice Series, and his scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, George Washington Law ReviewEmory Law ReviewWashington & Lee Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among other venues. Professor Bacigal also serves as Reporter of Criminal Decisions for the Virginia Court of Appeals, and conducts judicial training across the country.  He has received the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award (twice), the Virginia State Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award.

Professional Experience
Professor of Law (1973-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (1972-73)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Instructor (1971-72)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Reporter of Criminal Decisions
Virginia Court of Appeals
Clerk (1967-68)
United Sates District Court, Western District, Va.
Executive Director (1975-77)
Virginia Task Force on Criminal Justice

Virginia Practice Series: Jury Instructions (West 2013-2014) (with Margaret Bacigal and Joseph Tate).

Trial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia (Virginia CLE 5th ed. 2013).

Virginia Practice Series: Criminal Procedure (West 2012-2013).

Virginia Practice Series: Criminal Offenses and Defenses (West 2012-2013).

Virginia Practice Series: Jury Instructions (West 2012-2013) (with Joseph Tate).

Criminal Procedure: Materials and Cases (West 4th ed. 2010) (with Russell Weaver et al.).

Manual for the Trial of Capital Cases in Virginia (Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook) (3rd ed. 2009).

Criminal Law: Cases and Comments (Foundation Press 8th ed. 2008) (with other authors).

Criminal Law and Procedure: An Overview (West 3rd ed. 2008).


Watching the Watchers, 82 Miss. L. J. 821 (2013). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

A Brave New World of Stop and Frisk, 18 Wash. & Lee J. Civil Rights & Social Justice 83 (2011). [L] [W] [HEIN]

Fourth Amendment Seizures of the Person: A Theory of Everything, 81 Miss. L. J. 1 (2011).

The Company of Scoundrels, 67 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 401 (2010). [Journal] [L] [W] [HEIN]

LL.B., Washington and Lee University 1967
B.S., Concord University
Contact Information
(804) 289-8194
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure