Biography of Director


Frederick I. LedererFredric I. Lederer is Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal & Court Technology at the College of William & Mary’s Law School. He received his B.S. from Polytechnic University in New York and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review and recipient of the Archie O’Dawson prize (which provided for study with judges at each of the three levels of the federal courts, including Justice Harlan of the Supreme Court). He holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia. His post-graduate work includes a year as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Freiburg,Germany. He served as a member of the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps until 1980 when he joined the William & Mary faculty. He has served as prosecutor, defense counsel, and trial judge.

Professor Lederer’s areas of specialization include evidence, trial practice, criminal procedure, military law, and legal technology. He is one of the founders of the ABA prize winning Marshall-Wythe Legal Skills Program in which all students spent two years in practice (simulated) law firms in which they learned professional ethics, legal research and writing, interviewing, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and basic trial and appellate practice – much in the form of simulated client representation. He also teaches technology augmented trial practice using the sophisticated equipment in the McGlothlin Courtroom.

Professor Lederer is the author or co-author of twelve books, numerous articles, two law related education television series, and is the author of a popular series of “Fairytale Trials” for elementary and middle school students.