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 W. Hamilton Bryson
W. Hamilton Bryson
Blackstone Professor of Law
Courses Taught Legal History Virginia Civil Procedure Remedies
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Professor Hamilton Bryson teaches and writes in the areas of English legal history, Virginia legal history, and Virginia procedure and practice. He has published numerous books and book chapters on these subjects, and is the founding editor of the Virginia Circuit Court Opinions. He has also edited and published several collections of early modern English law reports. Professor Bryson is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the John Marshall American Inn of Court, and the Virginia Correspondent of the Selden Society. He serves on the Advisory Committee on rules of Court of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Awards
Fulbright Scolars Fulbright Grant to study Economics in Grenoble, France (1963)
Memberships
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Member, Medieval Academy of America
Member, Virginia Historical Society
Executive Committee, John Marshall In of Court (1999 - present)
Member of the Council of the Civil Litigation Section, Virginia Bar Association (1984 - present)
Executive Committee of the "Boyd-Graves Conference" on Civil Procedure, Virginia Bar Association (1982 - present)
Assistant Editor, American Journal of Legal History (1999 - 2009)
Editorial Board, American Journal of Legal History (1976 - 1999)
Committee on Reducing Litigation Costs and Delays, Virginia State Bar (1982 - 1990)
Surrency Prize Committee, American Society for Legal History (1981 - 1987)
Secretary, Commonwealth of Virginia, Service of Process Study Committee (1986 - 1986)
Law School Delgate, Association of American Law Schools (1985 - 1985)
Board of Directors, American Society for Legal History (1981 - 1984)
Bicentennial Committee, Virginia State Bar (1975 - 1980)
Program Committee, American Society for Legal History (1977 - 1978)
Legal History Section Chairman, Association of American Law Schools (1977 - 1977)
Nominating Committee, American Society for Legal History (1976 - 1976)
Legal History Section Secretary, Association of American Law Schools (1976 - 1976)
Law School Delgate, Association of American Law Schools (1975 - 1975)
Bar Admissions
Virginia
Professional Experience
Professor of Law (1980 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Associate Professor of Law (1976 - 1980)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Assistant Professor of Law (1973 - 1976)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Publications
Journal Articles

In Memoriam J. Rodney Johnson (1939-2015), 50 University of Richmond Law Review 477 (2016).

Some Thoughts Raised by Magna Carta: The Popular Re-Election of Judges, 51 University of Richmond Law Review 49 (2016).

“But I Know It When I See It”: Natural Law and Formalism, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. Online 107 (2016).

Virginia Law Reports, 54 American Journal of Legal History 107 (2014).

The Merger of Common-Law and Equity Pleading in Virginia, 41 University of Richmond Law Review 77 (2006).

Herbert A. Johnson, Editor Symposium: An Appreciation of Professor Herbert Johnson, 56 South Carolina Law Review 441 (2005).

The Prerogative of the Sovereign in Virginia: Royal Law in a Republic, 73 Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis 371 (2005).

Judicial Independence in Virginia, 38 University of Richmond Law Review 705 (2004).

The Winchester Law School, 1824-1831, 21 Law and History Review 393 (with E. Shephard) (2003).

Motions for Sanctions Annual Survey of Virginia Law, 30 University of Richmond Law Review 1509 (1996).

Twentieth-Century Virginia Legal Periodicals: A Bibliography and Commentary, 86 Law Library Journal 541 (with J. Jorgensen) (1994).

Virginia Manuscript Law Reports, 82 Law Library Journal 305 (1990).

Annual Survey of Virginia Law - Civil Procedure and Practice, 23 University of Richmond Law Review 511 (1989).

Court Costs in Virginia, 14 Virginia Bar Association Journal (1988).

Annual Survey of Virginia Law - Civil Procedure and Practice, 21 University of Richmond Law Review 667 (1987).

Annual Survey of Virginia Law - Civil Procedure and Practice, 20 University of Richmond Law Review 725 (1986).

Annual Survey of Virginia Law - Civil Procedure and Practice, 19 University of Richmond Law Review 679 (1985).

English Common Law in Virginia, 6 The Journal of Legal History 249 (1985).

The Use of Roman Law in Virginia Courts, 28 American Journal of Legal History 135 (1984).

The Abolition of the Forms of Action In Virginia, 17 University of Richmond Law Review 273 (1983).

Discovery of Penalties, 15 University of Richmond Law Review 283 (1981).

Service of Process in Virginia, 5 Virginia Bar Association Journal 16 (1979).

The History of Legal Education in Virginia, 14 University of Richmond Law Review 155 (1979).

The Reports of Charles Lee and of John Brown, 11 University of Richmond Law Review 691 (1977).

A Note on Robinson's Brief Collection of ... Courts of Records, 6 Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 181 (1974).

The Problem Method Adapted to Case Books, 26 Journal of Legal Education 594 (1974).

A Letter of 1734 from Lewis Burwell to James Burrough, 81 Virginia Magazine of History & Biography 405 (1973).

William Senior(1862-1937), Legal Historian, 16 American Journal of Legal History 252 (1972).

High Court of Delegates, 16 American Journal of Legal History 355 (1971).

Papal Releases from Royal Oaths, 22 The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 19 (1971).

Exchequer Equity Bibliography, 14 American Journal of Legal History 333 (1970).

Witnesses: A Canonist's View, 13 American Journal of Legal History 57 (1969).

Annual Survey of Virginia Law - Administrative Law, 54 Virginia Law Review 1459 (1968).

Books

Paul Jodrell's Chancery Reports (1737-1751) (ed.) (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) (June 2020).

Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (ed.) (June 2020).

Law Reports (ed.) Virginia Circuit Court Opinions 102 (LexisNexis) (2019).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer in the Middle Ages (1295-1496) (ed.) (Dog Ear Publishing) (2019).

Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (ed.) 101 (LexisNexis) (2019).

Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (ed.) 99 (2019).

Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (ed.) 100 (July 2019).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Chancery in the Time of Lord Coventry (1625-1640) (ed.) (Dog Ear Publishing) (2018).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Chancery in the Time of Sir Francis North, Lord Gulford (1683-1685) (ed.) (Dog Ear Publishing) (2018).

Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (ed.) 96-98 (LexisNexis) (2018).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (LexisNexis 5th Ed.) (2017).

Law Books in the Libraries of Colonial Virginians “Esteemed Bookes of Lawe” and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press) (2017).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer in the Time of King Charles II (ACMRS) (2017).

Miscellaneous Reports of Cases in the Court of Delegates from 1670 to 1750 (Dog Ear Publishing) (2016).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Chancery in the Middle Ages (Dog Ear Publishing) (2016).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer from 1604 to 1648 (2016).

Sir Robert Raymond’s Common Law Reports, 1694-1696 (2016).

Fourteen Cases from Herbert Jacob’s Queen’s Bench Reports (ed.) (2015).

John Merefield’s Common Pleas Reports, 1620-1621 (ed.) (2015).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Chancery in the Time of King James II (ed.) (2015).

Sir John Randolph's Reports of Cases in the General Court of Virginia, 1729-1735 (ed.) (2015).

Thomas Bold’s Chancery Reports, 1717-1719 (2015).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Chancery from the Time of Lord Harcourt (1710-1714) (ed.) (2014).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer in the Time of King George I (1714-1727) (ed.) (2014).

Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Volume 2: 'Foreign Law' 2 (Duncker & Humblot) (Serge Dauchy et al., eds.) (2010).

Robert Paynell's King's Bench Reports (ACMRS) (2010).

Miscellaneous Chancery Reports (1714-1730) (ed.) (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.) (2009).

Robert Paynell's Exchequer Reports (ACMRS) (2009).

Cambridge Studies in English Legal History: The Equity Side of the Exchequer (Cambridge U. Press ) (2008).

Equity Cases in the Court of Exchequer, 1660 to 1714 (ACMRS) (2007).

Alexander Forrester's Chancery Reports (1732-1739) (ed.) (2006).

Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Vol. 1 1 (Serge Dauchy) (2006).

Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer in the Time of King Charles I (1625 to 1648) (ed.) (2006).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (LexisNexis 4th Ed.) (2005).

The Chancery Reports of John Herne And of George Duke (1599 to 1674) (ed.) (2002).

Cases Concerning Equity and the Courts of Equity 1550-1660 (2001).

Samuel Dodd's Reports, 1678-1713 and Miscellaneous Exchequer Cases, 1671-1713 (2000).

Virginia Law Books: Essays and Bibliographies (2000).

Essays on Legal Education in Nineteenth Century Virginia (1998).

A Bibliography of Virginia Legal History Before 1900 (William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 2nd Ed.) (1997).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (1997).

The Law Reports of J. Singleton Diggs of Lynchburg, Virginia (ed.) (1997).

Dictionary of Sigla and Abbreviations to and in Law Books before 1607 (ed.) (William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 2nd Ed.) (1996).

Sir John Randolph's King's Bench Reports 1715 to 1716 (1996).

An Index of Printed Virginia Trial Court Opinions Between 1850 and 1928 (with Lucinda Harrison-Cox et al.) (1995).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1995).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1994).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1993).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1992).

Miscellaneous Virginia law reports, 1784-1809: Being the reports of Charles Lee, John Brown, David Watson & David Yancey (1992).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1991).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1990).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1989).

The Equity Side of the Exchequer (Gaunt) (1986).

The Equity Side of the Exchequer: It’s Jurisdiction, Administration, Procedures, and Records (1986).

Handbook on Virginia Civil Procedure (1983).

Legal Education in Virginia 1779-1979: A Biographical Approach (1982).

A Bibliography of Virginia Legal History Before 1900 (University Press of Virginia) (1979).

Notes on Virginia Civil Procedure (1979).

A Census of Law Books in Colonial Virginia (University Press of Virginia) (1978).

Discovery in Virginia (1978).

The Virginia Law Reporters Before 1880 (University Press of Virginia) (1977).

Dictionary of Sigla and Abbreviations to and in Law Books before 1607 (ed.) (University Press of Virginia) (1975).

The Equity Side of the Exchequer (Cambridge University Press) (1975).

The Equity Jurisdiction of the Exchequer Legal History Studies 118-121 (1972).

Interrogatories and Depositions in Virginia (1969).

Book Chapters

Law Reporting in the Seventeenth Century, in English Legal History and its Sources: Essays in Honour of Sir John Baker (Cambridge University Press) (David Ibbetson et al., eds.) (2019).

Bacon, Example of a Treatise Touching Universal Justice, in The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books that Made the Law in the Age of Printing (Springer International Publishing) (2016).

Maitland, The Forms of Action at Common Law, in The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books that Made the Law in the Age of Printing (Springer International Publishing) (2016).

Sir Francis Bacon and Frederic William Maitland, in The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books That Made the Law in the Age of Print (Springer International Publishing) (2016) (S. Dauchy et al., ed.).

Introduction, in in Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Volume 2: 'Foreign Law' (Duncker & Humblot) (2010).

The Code of Virginia of 1849, in Within a Reasonable Time: The History of Due and Undue Delay in Civil Litigation (Duncker & Humblot) (2010).

The Use of Roman Law in Virginia Courts, in Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions 2 (Duncker & Humblot) (2010).

Bushrod Washington (d. 1829), in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press) (R. Newman, ed.) (2009).

Edmund Pendleton (d. 1803), in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press) (R. Newman, ed.) (2009).

St. George Tucker (d. 1827), in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan ) (2008).

Summary Conclusion, in Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Vol. 1 (Serge Dauchy, ed.) (2006).

Some Old Problems in England and Some New Solutions from Virginia, in The Law's Delay: Essays on Undue Delay in Civil Litigation (2004).

Educator, Legal, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (2002).

English Ideas on Legal Education in Virginia, in Learning the Law: Teaching and the Transmission of Law in England, 1150-1900 (Hambledon Press) (A. Wijfells et al., eds.) (1999).

George Landon Browning (d. 1947), in Dictionary of Virginia Biography 2 (1998).

George Wayne Anderson (d. 1922), in Dictionary of Virginia Biography 1 (1998).

Equity Reports and Records in Early-Modern England, in Case Law in the Making (Duncker & Humblot) (1997).

Virginia Law Reports and Records, 1776-1800, in Case Law in the Making (Duncker & Humblot) (1997).

Dictionary of Sigla and Abbreviations to and in Law Books before 1607 , in World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.) (1996).

Law Reports in England from 1603 to 1660, in Law Reporting in Britain (Hambledon Press) (1995).

Law Reporting and Legal Records in Virginia, 1607-1800, in Judicial Records, Law Reports, and the Growth of Case Law (Duncker & Humblot) (1989).

Leon Jaworksi, in Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (University of North Carolina Press) (1989).

Equity and Equitable Remedies, in Encyclopedia of American Judicial System (Robert Janosik, ed.) (1987).

The History of Legal Education in Virginia, in The Legal Profession (K. Hall, ed.) (1987).

The Virginia Bar, 1870-1900, in The New High Priests: Lawyers in Post-Civil War America (Gerard Gawalt, ed.) (with E. Shepard) (1984).

The Court of Exchequer Comes of Age, in Tudor Rule and Revolution (Delloyd Guth et al., eds.) (1982).

The Equity Jurisdiction of the Exchequer, in Legal History Studies 1972: Papers Presented to the Legal History Conference Aberystwyth, 18-21 July 1972 (University of Wales Press) (1975).

Book Reviews

Book Review, 122 Va. Mag. Hist. & Bio. 186 (2014).

Book Review, 81 Tijdschrift Voor Rechtsgeschiedenis (2013).

Book Review, 13 Edinburgh L. Rev. 369 (2009).

Book Review, 38 Am. J. Legal Hist. 89 (1994).

Book Review, 34 Am. J. Legal Hist. 201 (1990).

Book Review, 34 Am. J. Legal Hist. 413 (1990).

Review of Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook: Appellate Practice: Virginia and Federal Courts, Virginia Bar Association Journal 19 (1986).

Book Review, 26 American Journal of Legal History 280 (1982).

Book Review, 25 American Journal of Legal History 74 (1981).

Book Review, Virginia Bar Association Journal 23 (1978).

Book Review, 22 American Journal of Legal History 349 (1978).

Book Review, 22 American Journal of Legal History 333 (1978).

Book Review, 22 American Journal of Legal History 348 (1978).

Book Review, 21 American Journal of Legal History 369 (1977).

Review of Walter Wilhelm, ed., Studien zur europaischen Rechtsegeschichte , (1972).

Newsletters

Time Limits, Virginia Bar News 15 (April 1988).

Additional Publications

Bryson on Civil Procedure (LexisNexis) (2018).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (LexisNexis) (2010).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (LexisNexis) (2009).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (LexisNexis) (2006).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (2003).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (2002).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (2001).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (2000).

Bryson on Virginia Civil Procedure (1998).

Education
LL.D., Cambridge University 2013
Ph.D., Cambridge University 1972
LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law 1968
LL.B., Harvard University School of Law 1967
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College 1963
Contact Information
Room 208, Law School
(804) 289 8196
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
English Legal History
Virginia Legal History
Virginia Procedure and Practice