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 John R. Pagan
John R. Pagan
University Professor Emeritus
Courses Taught Constitutional Law Election Law Sexual Orientation and the Law Legal History Legal History Seminar
Profile

Professor John Pagan is a University Professor Emeritus and served as Dean of the Law School from 1997-2003. He teaches and writes in the areas of legal history, constitutional law, and sexuality and the law. Professor Pagan's book, Anne Orthwood's Bastard: Sex and Law in Early Virginia, won the American Historical Association's James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History.  

Presentations
Presenter, "Religious Freedom, Conscience Clauses, or Licenses to Discriminate? Emerging Trends in Virginia and Beyond," Equality Under the Law Symposium, Equality Bar Association, Richmond (March 2016)
Memberships
Member, Association of Marshall Scholars
Member, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Experience
University Professor Emeritus (2018 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
University Professor (2003 - 2018)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Dean and Professor of Law (1997 - 2003)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Global Professor and Director of the Global Law School Program (1996 - 1997)
New York University School of Law, New York, NY
Professor of Law (1986 - 1995)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
Associate Professor of Law (1984 - 1986)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
Associate Professor of Law (1983 - 1984)
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Assistant Professor of Law (1979 - 1983)
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Clerk, the Hon. Ozell M. Trask (1978 - 1979)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Publications
Journal Articles

Arkansas Courts and Covenants Not to Compete, 12 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal 57 (1989).

Civil Rights and Personal Injuries: Virginia's Statute of Limitations for Section 1983 Suits, 26 William and Mary Law Review 199 (1985).

Eleventh Amendment Analysis, 39 Arkansas Law Review 447 (1985).

English Carriers' Common-Law Right to Reject Undeclared Cargo: The Myth of the Closed-Container Conundrum, 23 William and Mary Law Review 791 (1982).

Fourth Amendment Finality, 15 Arkansas Lawyer 168 (1981).

Private Rights and Public Forums: Classifying Plaintiffs in Virginia Defamation Suits, 7 Virginia Bar Association Journal 8 (with Richard Walck) (1981).

State Courts and Federlism in the 1980's: Introduction, 22 William and Mary Law Review 599 (1981).

Books

Anne Orthwood's Bastard: Sex and Law in Early America (Oxford University Press 2d) (2009).

Anne Orthwood's Bastard: Sex and Law in Early Virginia (Oxford University Press) (2003).

Book Chapters

Loyalty and Insecurity in Charles II's Virginia, in Loyalty to the Monarchy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain, c.1400-1688 (Palgrave Macmillan) (Matthew Ward et al., eds.) (2020).

English Statutes in Virginia, 1660-1714, in "Esteemed Bookes of Lawe" and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia (2017).

Book Reviews

Book Review - Bilder's "Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention", 124 Virginia Magazine of History & Biography 69 (2016).

Book Review - Crane's "Witches, Wife Beaters, and Whores: Common Law and Common Folk in Early America", 117 The American Historical Review 1583 (2012).

Book Review – Foster’s “Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America”, 95 The Journal of American History 179 (2008).

Education
D.Phil., Oxford University (Merton College) 1997
J.D., Harvard University 1978
M.Litt., Oxford University (Merton College) 1975
A.B., College of William and Mary 1973
Contact Information
(804) 289 8188
Areas of Expertise
Legal History
Constitutional Law
Sexuality and the Law