Prof. Lillian R. BeVier

David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Lillian BeVier has taught constitutional law (with special emphasis on First Amendment issues), intellectual property (trademark, copyright), real property and torts since coming to Virginia in 1973. 

At Stanford Law School, BeVier was revising editor for the Stanford Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Before coming to Virginia, she was associate professor of law at the University of Santa Clara Law School; practiced law with Spaeth Blase Valentine & Klein in Palo Alto, Calif.; served as research associate to Professor William F. Baxter at Stanford University Law School, working on the FAA-ABA study of the legal aspects of airport noise and the sonic boom; and was assistant to the general secretary and assistant staff legal counsel for Stanford University. 

BeVier received the University of Virginia Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award in 2006. The Raven Society elected her to membership in 1993 and honored her with the faculty award in 2010. She delivered the Henry Miller Memorial Lecture at Georgia State Law School in 2005, the Coen Memorial Lecture at the University of Colorado Law School in 2000, and the David C. Baum Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Illinois Law School in 1996. In 1999, at the invitation of the Supreme Court Historical Society, she spoke to the Society on Free Expression in the Warren and Burger Courts. Suffolk University awarded her an honorary S.J.D. degree in 1998. In the fall of 2003, she was a visiting scholar at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 

Having been nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2003, she served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation until 2009. She serves on the national Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society.

Within the Charlottesville community, BeVier has served as chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Anne's-Belfield School and of the Martha Jefferson Hospital. She is currently chair of the board of the Martha Jefferson Health Services Corporation and of Piedmont CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates).

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1965
  • B.A., Smith College, 1961

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Publications and Multimedia
The First Amendment and Government Benefits - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2013
The Supreme Court vs. The Constitution - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 21, 2013
Economic Freedoms and the Constitution - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 25, 2011
Ideas for Structural Change - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2010
Freedom of Speech vs. Anti-Discrimination Laws - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Reporters' Shield - Event Audio/Video
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group
April 29, 2008
25th Anniversary Tribute Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
Government Promotion of Moral Issues - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007