Robert E. Kaplan
Associate Dean and Professor of the Practice of Law
Office phone: (757) 221-3804
Office location: Room 246
Areas of Specialization
Externships; Legal Writing & Practice
Externships; Legal Writing and Practice; Public Service and the Law
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Dean Kaplan directs and teaches in the externship program; teaches Legal Writing; and manages summer public service fellowships, the loan repayment assistance program, and pro bono initiatives. He is the advisor to the William & Mary Public Service Fund and the Bone Marrow Drive Committee. Prior to assuming his current role, Dean Kaplan was Associate Dean for Career Services and taught in the Legal Skills program. He practiced labor and employment law with a prominent firm before joining William & Mary.
The John Marshall Award and the George Wythe Society Award are among Dean Kaplan’s recognitions for character, leadership, and exemplary service to the Law School community. The Black Law Students Association twice has honored him for continuous support of the organization and its members. Dean Kaplan is a charter appointee to William & Mary’s President’s Council for Community Partnerships. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, and the Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Agency have recognized him for outstanding service to their organizations.
Dean Kaplan serves on the Virginia Law Foundation’s Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Virginia Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Coordinating Consortium. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Bar Association's Community Service Program Council.
During his tenure in career services, Dean Kaplan served on NALP's Board of Directors and on numerous NALP task forces and committees, including chairing the Bylaws, Nominating, and Recruitment Practices committees.