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 the externship program; manages summer public service fellowships, the loan repayment assistance program, and pro bono initiatives; and teaches Legal Writing and the classroom component for externships. He serves as the advisor to the William & Mary Public Service Fund and the Bone Marrow Drive Committee. Prior to assuming his current role, Dean Kaplan served as 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.
In 2019, Dean Kaplan was appointed to the Virginia Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Coordinating Consortium. He also was appointed, in 2020, to the Virginia Law Foundation’s Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
Dean Kaplan has earned the John Marshall Award for character, leadership, and exemplary service to William & Mary Law School. He also was selected for the George Wythe Society Award for outstanding service to the Law School community. The Black Law Students Association twice has honored Dean Kaplan for continuous support of the organization and its members. Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Red Cross have recognized Dean Kaplan for his service.
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. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Bar Association's Community Service Program Council.