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Rodney Adams

Bioethics, Corporate Healthcare Law, Mental Health & the Law 

After more than 30 years in the private practice of health law, Rodney Adams returned to full-time academics in 2018 with a joint appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and an Affiliated Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Health Administration. He focuses on advising and defending health care providers in matters involving patient care and other unique issues confronting the healthcare industry. His guidance, whether during a strategic discussion or during a crisis, is based on his extensive trial and agency adjudication experience. Prof. Adams is certified by the American Board of Trial Advocacy® and appears in the Best Lawyers in America®, Benchmark®, and other rankings. 

Prof. Adams has authored Virginia Medical Law, Fourth Edition (2016), and Clinical Trials & Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance (w/F. Rozovsky, 2003). As an adjunct professor of law (medical malpractice trial advocacy) at the College of William & Mary, he annually leads study abroad programs in bioethics for undergraduates. Prof. Adams has served on the boards of directors for several non-profits including a free health clinic, an assisted living residence, a home health agency, and a charity funding medical research as well as several medical ethics committees.


  • The Eroding Off-Label Drug Use Promotion Prohibition, ___ J. of Health & Life Sci. Law ___ (forthcoming 2019).
  • Virginia Medical Law (LuLu Press 4th ed., 2016).
  • Clinical Trials and Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance, w/Rozovsky (Jossey-Bass 2003).

Recent Presentations

  • "Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia," PESI, Winchester, Fairfax, Charlottesville (Oct. 2018).
  • "Responding to Requests for Futile Care," Virginia Association of Healthcare Risk Managers Annual Conference, Harrisonburg (Sept. 2018).

Susan Dudley

Applied Linguistics Specialist 

Susan D. Dudley has worked to educate international students for over two decades. Ms. Dudley is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the field of Education, Curriculum, Culture and Change concentration and has obtained her M.A. degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from West Virginia University. She has been working very closely with a great number of international students as an ESL expert at several institutions such as VCU, University of Maryland, Towson University, and Fairmont University. As the Applied Linguistics Specialist in the School of Law at the University of Richmond, Ms. Dudley works with international law students to enhance their written and oral English language communication skills. Ms. Dudley has co-developed academic law courses for our international students and has worked with law faculty to develop and co-teach curricular modules in Legal English as well as provide feedback on students' written projects. Ms. Dudley also provides one-on-one and small group tutorials for the international law students. In her free time, Ms. Dudley enjoys snow skiing, swimming, hiking, reading, and being with family and friends. 

Marci Kelly

Wills & Trusts  

Marci Kelly has a BA from Vassar College, a JD from the University of Virginia, and an LL.M (Tax) from New York University. Before beginning her academic career, Prof. Kelly practiced law in New York City and clerked for Judge Hamblen of the US Tax Court in Washington DC. For most of her teaching years, Prof. Kelly was a tenured professor at Golden Gate University, including serving for 10 years as associate dean and director of the LL.M (Tax) Program. She has also taught as a full-time, visiting, or adjunct professor at many law schools, including University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Notre Dame, University of San Francisco, University of California at Santa Clara, and William & Mary. She has visited internationally in Beijing, Paris, and Istanbul. Since 2002, Prof. Kelly has taught whenever needed at her favorite law school, TC Williams at the University of Richmond, sometimes as a full-time visitor and sometimes as an adjunct professor. Her subjects include Federal Income Tax, Wills & Trusts, and Property Law.

Leigh Melton

Elder Law Practicum | Interviewing, Negotiating, and Counseling 

Leigh Melton has practiced law in Maryland for 20 years, representing clients in criminal, juvenile, domestic, landlord/tenant, contract dispute, personal injury, elder law, real estate, mediation, small claims, and appellate work. For six years she was adjunct faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and has been an adjunct professor for three years at Richmond Law before becoming a visiting professor. 

As a member of the Board of the Maryland Professionalism Center created by the State Court of Appeals, Prof. Melton taught the mandatory professionalism course administered twice annually to all new members of the Maryland Bar and headed their mentoring program. She was president of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, a non-profit that ensures equal access to civil justice through connecting low income individuals and families in need of civil legal help with volunteer attorneys and community resources.