Samuel Menefee


Title: Lawyer, Academic
Company: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Samuel Menefee, Lawyer and Academic at the University of Virginia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Ocean Law.

Dr. Menefee is a prolific scholar, and the author or editor of four books or monographs and some 130 contributions to law reviews, professional journals, and books, including the “Dictionary of National Biography” and the “Oxford Companion to World Exploration.” He was inspired by Professor John Norton Moore, and worked with piracy scholar Eric F. Ellen, leading him to specialize in Christian aid missions and ocean law regarding piracy. Dr. Menefee was recognized for his interdisciplinary successes with an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was a Maury Fellow of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia from 1982 to 1983

A summa cum laude and Scholar of the House graduate of Yale University in anthropology, Mr. Menefee was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University studying social anthropology. Unlike many anthropologists, he was a conservative, and wanted to make it a useful trait. Dr. Menefee went on to earn a JD from Harvard, an LLM and SJD from the University of Virginia, and an MPhil in international Relations from the University of Cambridge. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Marine Law, a Cosmos Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies, visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law and professor of law at Regent University School of Law.

Dr. Menefee is a member of seven state bars and the District of Columbia’s and a fellow of numerous academic societies, including the Royal Anthropological Institute and most recently a senior fellow of the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia. He is the author of “Trends in Maritime Violence” and “Contemporary Piracy and Coastal Law”, as well as “Wives for Sale: An Ethnographic Study of British Popular Divorce.” He is currently the recipient of a Piracy Reporting Center Fellowship with Kuala Lumpur, among numerous honors. Dr. Menefee is also the proud father of Mary Elizabeth and husband of Mary W. He enjoys archaeology and hiking in his spare time. Dr. Menefee has appeared in Who’s Who of Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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