Tribute to Tom Collins

By Donaldson, John E. | William and Mary Law Review, October 2000 | Go to article overview

Tribute to Tom Collins


Donaldson, John E., William and Mary Law Review


The editors and staff of the William and Mary Law Review have chosen to dedicate this Issue of the Review to Professor Emeritus Tom Collins. I applaud this action. Tom, whom I admire as a friend and colleague, is richly deserving of the honor. Coming on the occasion of his retirement, this dedication is a fitting tribute to a distinguished career of teaching, scholarship, and service to legal education. It is an appropriate accolade for an individual whose personal qualities have endeared him to associates and peers in academia as well as to current and former students, and an expression of gratitude for the contributions he has made to the growth and development of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary.

Tom prepared for a career in law and law teaching by earning undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University, where he was editor of the Indiana Legal Forum (now Law Review), and a master of laws degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a Cook Fellow. Along the way he served an enlisted term in the U.S. Army, taught high school courses, and gained valuable experience in the legislative process though his work, in part under a Ford Fellowship, as a Research Associate with the Indiana Legislative Council.

On completing graduate work at Michigan in 1970, Tom accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1972 and Professor of Law in 1976. Tom came at a critical time in the history of the school--a time when it was seeking to transform itself from a small school with fewer than two hundred students, a severely limited curriculum, and a small, woefully understaffed faculty to one with a more-than-doubled enrollment, a significantly enlarged curriculum, and a substantially expanded faculty. Because the human, financial, and physical resources required for such a transformation, while promised by the central administration, were not guaranteed, Tom's decision to begin his teaching career here entailed a knowing acceptance of the challenges inherent in the vicissitudes that attend efforts to affect major structural change, particularly in the complex institutional setting of a college where the arts and sciences undergraduate program was primary, and the role of programs of professional education suspect.

The transformation of the law school, while not without difficulty or frustration, was in time successfully effected. Its history from 1970 forward is characterized by steadily increasing strength and renown. Professor Collins's efforts, devotion, and counsel have contributed substantially to the attainment of the standing and reputation the school now enjoys. For three decades he has demonstrated an unparalleled willingness to serve in whatever capacities needed, revealing a remarkable breadth and depth in his scholarly and professional interests. He has willingly accepted and ably discharged teaching assignments ranging across virtually the entire curriculum, embracing, among others, such courses as Administrative Law, Legislation, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Conflicts of Laws, Unfair Trade Practices, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, Antitrust Law, Legal and Equitable Remedies, Jurisprudence, Mass Communications, and Mass Media Law. In addition, Tom, committed to the importance of international perspectives to a meaningful legal education, assumed major roles in the management and staffing of the school's off-campus summer law programs in London, Exeter, and Madrid.

At a time when law faculty members are increasingly perceived as specialists confined to the narrow areas of the law that compose their numerous respective disciplines, Tom, while developing a special expertise in media law, has grown and matured as a generalist with a keen interest in legal philosophy and jurisprudence. He has been a valued resource to many colleagues in his willingness and ability to react meaningfully to innovative thinking and approaches and in his active participation in faculty colloquia. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Tribute to Tom Collins
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.