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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Meador, Daniel J. (1957-1994)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

Daniel J. Meador, 1957-1994

Daniel Meador

Daniel J. Meador received his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1951, served as a Judge Advocate General officer in Korea, and received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1954. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama, and joined the law faculty at the University of Virginia in 1957, leaving once to serve as Dean of the University of Alabama Law School from 1966 to 1970.  His courses included Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Constitutional Litigation, Legal Method, Federal Courts, and Federal Appellate Practice. Meador has been chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Journal of Legal Education and a member of the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History.  He served as director of UVA’s Graduate Program for Judges from 1980 to 1995.  Meador has participated in numerous projects and organizations concerned with improving the administration of justice, including the State Justice Institute, the American Judicature Society, and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements.  From 1977 to 1979, Meador served as an Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, heading a newly created Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice.  He also served as executive director of the congressionally created Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals.

A recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Raven Award, and the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, Meador retired from teaching in 1997.  He describes the challenge of balancing teaching, scholarship, and professional activities:  “Zeal for getting to the bottom of legal conundrums can so preoccupy the mind that the classroom is neglected.  I tried always to guard against this, reminding myself that for the students the classroom comes first.”  Meador died in 2013.



Habeas Corpus and Magna Carta: Dualism of Power and Liberty (University Press of Virginia, 1966).

Preludes to Gideon: Notes on Appellate Advocacy, Habeas Corpus, and Constitutional Litigation (Michie, 1967).

Criminal Review Procedures: Proposed Statutory Revisions (reporter) (Alabama Law Institute, 1971).

Criminal Appeals: English Practices and American Reforms (University Press of Virginia, 1973).

Appellate Courts: Staff and Process in the Crisis of Volume: An Appellate Justice Project of the National Center for State Courts (West, 1974).

Mr. Justice Black and His Books (University Press of Virginia, 1974).

Justice on Appeal (with Paul D. Carrington and Maurice Rosenberg) (West, 1976).

The President, the Attorney General, and the Department of Justice (White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, 1980).

Impressions of Law in East Germany: Legal Education and Legal Systems in the German Democratic Republic (University Press of Virginia, 1986).

American Courts (West, 1991).

Appellate Courts in the United States (with Jordana Simone Bernstein) (West, 1994).

Appellate Courts: Structures, Functions, Processes, and Personnel (with Maurice Rosenberg and Paul D. Carrington) (Michie, 1994).

His Father’s House: A Novel (Pelican Publishing, 1994).

Hardy Cross Dillard: Writings and Speeches (editor) (University of Virginia Law School Foundation, 1995).

The Korean War in Retrospect: Lessons for the Future (editor) (University Press of America, 1998).

Unforgotten: A Novel (Pelican, 1998).

At Cahaba: From Civil War to the Great Depression (Daniel J. Meador, 2000).

Rembert Hills and Myrtlewood: From Cotton Kingdom to Great Depression (Daniel J. Meador, 2000).

American Courts (with Gregory Mitchell) (West, 3d ed. 2009).

At Cahaba : from Civil War to Great Depression (Cable, 2d ed. 2009).

Transformative Years of the University of Alabama Law School, 1966-1970 (NewSouth Books, 2012).

Articles and Book Chapters

The Constitution and the Assignment of Pupils to Public Schools, 45 Va. L. Rev. 517-571 (1959).

A New Approach to Limiting Diversity Jurisdiction, 46 A.B.A. J. 383-385 (1960).

Some Thoughts on Federal Courts and Army Regulations, 11 Mil. L. Rev. 187-200 (1961).

Justice Black and His Law Clerks, 15 Ala. L. Rev. 57-63 (1962).

Judicial Determinations of Military Status, 72 Yale L.J. 1293-1325 (1963).

Lamar and the Law at the University of Mississippi, 34 Miss. L.J. 227-256 (1963).

Lawyers and Legal Education in the South: A Proposed Study, 30 Tenn. L. Rev. 536-541 (1963).

State Law and the Federal Judicial Power, 49 Va. L. Rev. 1082-1105 (1963).

Accommodating State Criminal Procedure and Federal Post-Conviction Review, 50 A.B.A. J. 928-931 (1964).

Habeas Corpus and the “Retroactivity” Illusion, 50 Va. L. Rev. 1115-1120 (1964).

The Impact of Federal Habeas Corpus on State Trial Procedures, 52 Va. L. Rev. 286-300 (1966).

Judicial Review in Military Disability Retirement Cases, 33 Mil. L. Rev. 1-23 (1966).

Appendix C: The Review of Criminal Sentences in England, in 6 Reform of the Federal Criminal Laws 5517-5528 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 3, 1973) (reprinted from Standards Relating to Appellate Review of Sentences 94-157 (A.B.A. Project on Minimum Standards for Criminal Justice, 1968)).

Professional Assistance for Appellate Judges: A Central Staff of Lawyers, 63 F.R.D. 489-498 (1974).

Appellate Case Management and Decisional Processes, 61 Va. L. Rev. 255-296 (1975).

English Appellate Judges from an American Perspective, 66 Geo. L.J. 1349-1404 (1978).

A Proposal for a New Federal Intermediate Appellate Court, 60 J. Pat. Off. Soc’y 665-675 (1978).

The Federal Judiciary and its Future Administration, 65 Va. L. Rev. 1031-1061 (1979).

A Proposed New Federal Intermediate Appellate Court (with Charles R. Haworth), 12 U. Mich. J.L. Ref. 201-234 (1979); reprinted in Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – 1981, at 716-749 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearings, Apr. 2 and 8, 1981).

Proposed Revision of Class Damage Procedures, 65 A.B.A. J. 48-51 (1979).

Appellate Subject Matter Organization: The German Design from an American Perspective, 5 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 27-72 (1981).

Civil Rights and Civil Courts, 1981 U. Ill. L. Rev. 371-384.

The Federal Judiciary – Inflation, Malfunction, and a Proposed Course of Action, 1981 BYU L. Rev. 617-658.

Role of the Justice Department in Maintaining an Effective Judiciary, 462 Annals Am. Acad. Pol. & Soc. Sci. 136-151 (1982).

An Appellate Court Dilemma and a Solution Through Subject Matter Organization, 16 U. Mich. J.L. Ref. 471-492 (1983).

German Appellate Judges: Career Patterns and American-English Comparisons, 67 Judicature 16-27 (1983).

The Graduate Degree Program for Judges at the University of Virginia, Judges’ J., Spring 1983, at 18-22, 54-56.

Straightening out Federal Review of State Criminal Cases, 44 Ohio St. L.J. 273-285 (1983).

Toward Orality and Visibility in the Appellate Process, 42 Md. L. Rev. 732-751 (1983).

American Courts in the Bicentennial Decade and Beyond, 55 Miss. L.J. 1-20 (1985).

Federal Law in State Supreme Courts, 3 Const. Comment. 347-359 (1986).

Lamar to the Court: Last Step to National Reunion, 1986 Sup. Ct. Hist. Soc’y Y.B. 27-47.

Comments on the Study of Appellate Court Administration (with Jerry Goldman), 12 Just. Sys. J. 143-147 (1987).

A Challenge to Judicial Architecture: Modifying the Regional Design of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 56 U. Chi. L. Rev. 603-642 (1989).

Unacceptable Delays in Judicial Appointments, 6 J.L. & Pol. 7-14 (1989); reprinted in Va. L. Sch. Rep., Winter 1990, at 13-16.

Struggling Against the Tower of Babel, in Restructuring Justice: The Innovations of the Ninth Circuit and the Future of the Federal Courts 195-205 (Arthur D. Hellman ed., Cornell University Press, 1990).

Origin of the Federal Circuit: A Personal Account, 41 Am. U. L. Rev. 581-620 (1992).

Transition in the German Legal Order: East Back to West, 1990-91, 15 B.C. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 283-309 (1992).

Appointing United States Attorneys (with Griffin B. Bell), 9 J.L. & Pol. 247-255 (1993).

Lamar to Posterity – A Centennial Memoir, 63 Miss. L.J. 107-127 (1993).

Inherent Judicial Authority in the Conduct of Civil Litigation, 73 Tex. L. Rev. 1805-1820 (1995).

Transformation of the American Judiciary, 46 Ala. L. Rev. 763-782 (1995).

A Perspective on Change in the Litigation System, 49 Ala. L. Rev. 7-15 (1997).

Enlarging Federal Appellate Capacity Through District Level Review, 35 Harv. J. on Legis. 233-244 (1998).

Riding Over the Past? Cahaba, 1936, 78 Va. Q. Rev. 93-108 (2002).

Hugo Black and Thomas Jefferson, 79 Va. Q. Rev. 459-468 (2003).

Thinking about Age and Supreme Court Tenure, in Reforming the Court: Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices 115-123 (Roger C. Cramton & Paul D. Carrington eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2006).

Selecting Alabama’s Appellate Judges–A Better Way, 68 Ala. Law. 134-140 (2007).

Griffin Bell at the Intersection of Law and Politics: The Department of Justice, 1977-1979, 24 J.L.& Pol. 529-540 (2008).

Reining in the Superlegislature: A Response to Professors Carrington and Cramton, 94 Cornell L. Rev. 657-668 (2009).

Restructuring the Supreme Court: Regularizing Appointments, Providing More Frequent Rotation, Avoiding Physical and Mental Impairment, 25 J.L. & Pol. 459-465 (2009).

The Supreme Court of Alabama – Its Cahaba Beginning, 1820-1825, 61 Ala. L. Rev. 891-906 (2010).

Clerking for Justice Hugo Black, in In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices 111-124 (Todd C. Peppers & Artemus Ward eds., University of Virginia Press, 2012).


11-14 Virginia Bar News (editor) (Virginia State Bar, 1962-66).

Review of Magrath, Morrison R. Waite, 18 Reading Guide 61-63 (1963).

The Future of a Federal Common Law (moderator), 17 Ala. L. Rev. 10-42 (1964).

Meador Examines Effect of Habeas Corpus Cases, Va. L. Wkly., Apr. 27, 1967, at 1-2, and May 4, 1967, at 1-2, 6; reprinted in 18 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 67-73 (1966-67).

Mr. Justice Black: A Tribute, 57 Va. L. Rev. 1109-1114 (1971).

Criminal Appeals: English Practices and American Reforms: A Summary (National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, 1973).

Review of Hamilton, Hugo Black, and Shogan, A Question of Judgment, 1973 U. Ill. L.F. 204-210.

Statement, in 6 Reform of the Federal Criminal Laws 5514-5516 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 3, 1973).

Statement, in Street Crime in America (Prosecution and Court Innovations) 1201-1205 (Select Committee on Crime, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, May 3, 1973).

Testimony, in Special Prosecutor and Watergate Grand Jury Legislation 208-233 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, Nov. 1, 1973).

Civil Procedure – As It Was and Is and May Be, 1975-76 U. Va. L. Sch. Found. Ann. Rep. 7, 21.

Consumers of Justice: How the Public Views the Federal Judicial Process (Federal Judicial Center, 1977).

The Federal Government and the State Courts, in State Justice Institute/Annual Message of Chief Justice – 1980, at 180-204 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, Sept. 19, 1980); reprinted in State Justice Institute Act of 1983, at 373-379 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, July 13, 1983) (reprinted from State of the Judiciary and Access to Justice 798-804 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearings, June 20-July 29, 1977)).

Justice Tenders New Appellate Court Proposal, Va. L. Wkly., Oct. 27, 1978, at 1, 3-4.

Improving the Justice System: A New Role for the U.S. Department of Justice, Va. L. Sch. Rep., Winter 1978, at 11-14.

Remarks at Senior Day, Law Quadrangle Notes, Fall 1978, at 18-20.

Some Yins and Yangs of Our Judicial System, 66 A.B.A. J. 122 (1980).

A Talk Show – A Federal Appellate Court with Exclusive Patent Jurisdiction: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? Part 1: Views from this Side of the Atlantic (with others), 84 F.R.D. 465-482 (1980).

Testimony, in State Justice Institute/Annual Message of Chief Justice – 1980, at 18-23 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, Sept. 19, 1980).

Testimony, in Air Disaster Litigation 28-33 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, Dec. 10, 1981).

Intercircuit Court Would Address Overload, Legal Times, Oct. 11, 1982, at 10; reprinted in L.A. Daily J., Oct. 18, 1982, at 4.

Statement, in To Establish a Commission to Study the Federal Courts 23-34 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 12, 1982).

Statement, in Legislation for the Improvement of the Judiciary 5-8, 270-292 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Sept. 24, 1982).

A Comment on the Chief Justice’s Proposals, 69 A.B.A. J. 448-450 (1983); reprinted in Court Improvements Act of 1983, at 252-255 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Apr. 8, 1983).

Rx for an Overburdened Supreme Court: Is Relief in Sight? (with others), 66 Judicature 394-407 (1983).

Statement, in Court Improvements Act of 1983, at 247-252 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Apr. 8, 1983).

Testimony, in Supreme Court Workload 29-36 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, Apr. 27, 1983).

The Lawn, the Plain, and Marx-Engels Platz, Va. L. Sch. Rep., Summer 1984, at 15-18.

The Office of Chief Justice (conference participant) (White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, 1984).

Statement, in Intercircuit Panel of the United States Act 151-157 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Oct. 9, 1985).

Coke, Edward (1552-1634), in 1 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 308-309 (Leonard W. Levy et al. Eds., Macmillan, 1986); reprinted in 2 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 439-440 (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds., Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed. 2000).

Review of Black, Mr. Justice and Mrs. Black, 39 Vand. L. Rev. 1777-1781 (1986).

Commentaries I: Remarks, 38 S.C. L. Rev. 455-462 (1987).

Graduation Remarks, Va. L. Sch. Rep., Fall 1987, at 38-41.

Symposium: The Federal Courts: The Next 100 Years: Panel Discussion I (with others), 38 S.C. L. Rev. 463-487 (1987).

Symposium: The Federal Courts: The Next 100 Years: Panel Discussion II (with others), 38 S.C. L. Rev. 551-559 (1987).

Testimony, in 2 Nomination of Robert H. Bork to Be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 2420-2434 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Sept. 25, 1987); excerpt reprinted in Va. L. Sch. Rep., Fall 1987, at 14-15.

The First Judiciary Act Two Hundred Years Later, Va. L. Wkly., Sept. 22, 1989, at 1, 4.

East Meets West: Beyond the Rarefied Policy Discussions on the Economic, Military and Diplomatic Effects of Unifying East Germany and West Germany Lies the Task of Joining Two Discrete Legal Systems, Nat’l L.J., Mar. 26, 1990, at 13-14.

Federal Habeas Corpus Needs Basic Reform, Not Just Tinkering, Legal Times, Apr. 23, 1990, at 27, 30.

Concluding Remarks: National Conference on State-Federal Judicial Relationships, 78 Va. L. Rev. 1895-1902 (1992).

Statement, in The Role of the American Bar Association in the Judicial Selection Process 97-101 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 21, 1996).

Retrospective on the Federal Circuit: The First 20 Years – A Historical View, 11 Fed. Cir. B.J. 557-561 (2001).

Procedure, Court, in Oxford Companion to American Law 647-651 (Kermit L. Hall ed., Oxford University Press, 2002).

Origin of the “Claims Court”, 71 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 599-601 (2003).

Getting to Yes on Judges, Legal Times, June 27, 2005, at 46.

A Recent Transformation, Nat’l L.J., May 30, 2005, at 26.

The 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice: Introduction to the National Conference, 8 J. App. Prac. & Process 71-75 (2006).

Remarks in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, April 2, 2007, 17 Fed. Cir. B.J. 125-126 (2008).

Not Just Harvard – Look Beyond Cookie Cutter Nominees to Fill the Supreme Court, Legal Times, Mar. 30, 2009, at 36.