Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Richmond
Location: Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
Walter Alexander McFarlane, Professor Emeritus at the University of Richmond, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal and higher education industries.
Desiring to delve into the field of law due to the influence of his friends’ fathers, who were all prominent lawyers, Mr. McFarlane most recently served as a professor at the University of Richmond, a role he held from 1978 until attaining emeritus status in 2015. During this time, he also served as the executive assistant, chief counsel and director of policy at the Governor’s Office with the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990 to 1994 and superintendent in the Department of Correctional Education with the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1994 to 2010. In addition to his roles in academia, he served as the deputy attorney general in the Office of the Virginia Attorney General from 1973 to 1990. Likewise, he was a consulting attorney for three Virginia governors between 1998 and 2010. He commenced his career as an assistant attorney general with the Office of the Virginia Attorney General in 1969, holding the role for four years.
While serving the University of Richmond, Mr. McFarlane was named the A.L. Philpott Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law in 2003. Alongside his primary endeavors, he served as the acting director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice in 1997 and has sat as chairman of several committees in both Virginia and Washington, DC, beginning in 1977. On the state board of the Department of Criminal Justice Services for 16 years, he also maintained civic involvement with the Central Virginia chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, Emory & Henry College, the Greater Midlothian Civic League, the Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, the American Red Cross and the Windsor Forest Civic Association, where he served as president from 1975 to 1976. In addition, he acted as a captain, judge and advocate of the General Corps in the U.S. Air Force between 1966 and 1969.
Mr. McFarlane notably holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emory & Henry College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Richmond. He has been admitted to practice law in Virginia, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A contributor of articles to professional journals, he has maintained involvement with several organizations, including the Virginia Correctional Association as president, the Woodland Pond Civic Association on its board of directors, the American Correctional Association on its board of governors, the Emory & Henry College Alumni Association as president, and the Richmond Bar Association on its board of directors, among many other entities.
In light of his myriad accomplishments, Mr. McFarlane has garnered multiple accolades and honors. For his work in the military, he received the National Defense Medal and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. In addition, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Correctional Association, the J.D. Buscher Distinguished Attorney Award, the John C. Vance Legal Writing Award, and the Fourth Annual Outstanding Evening Lecturer Award.
Married to Judith Louise Copenhaver since 1962, Mr. McFarlane is the proud father of two children and three grandchildren. Enjoying hunting in his spare time, he has been listed in Who’s Who in 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 American Politics, 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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