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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Whitebread, Charles Howard, II (1968-1981)

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

Charles Howard Whitebread, II, 1968-1981

Charles Whitebread

A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton and a 1968 graduate of Yale Law School, Charles Whitebread began his long teaching career with courses at UVA Law in Trusts and Estates and Criminal Procedure. He was awarded the Distinguished Professor Award in 1972, and again in 1980. An expert in criminal law and procedure and an astute observer of the Supreme Court of the United States, he published numerous law review articles and more than ten books, including Children in the Legal System and Criminal Procedure. Beginning in 1982, Whitebread published an annual booklet, Recent Decisions of the Supreme Court. He was also one of the first law professors to concentrate on the need for the juvenile law system to afford the same rights to juveniles as they did to accused adults. As much as he was a scholar of the law, Whitebread was also immensely popular with his students, believing that students deserved to have inspiring and interesting classes to help them to gain command over a subject. His primer, The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School, was a measure of that dedication. For most of his career, he was a lecturer for BAR/BRI in criminal law and procedure, and he helped students successfully study for and manage the anxiety associated with their bar exams. Each fall he visited over seventy law schools to speak to students about exam-taking techniques and general advice about how to succeed in law school. After serving as a visiting professor at the University of Southern California from 1980 to 1981, he joined that law school’s faculty. Whitebread often returned to Charlottesville to visit his friends at the Law School. When he returned in 1999 to serve as visiting professor for a year, Dean Scott described him as “one of the great teachers of the world.” Whitebread died in 2008.



Mass Production Justice and the Constitutional Ideal (editor) (Michie, 1970).

Juvenile Law and Procedure (with Monrad G. Paulsen) (National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, 1974).

The Marihuana Conviction: A History of Marihuana Prohibition in the United States (with Richard J. Bonnie) (University Press of Virginia, 1974); excerpts reprinted in 1 App. Marihuana: Signal of Misunderstanding 481-498 (National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972), and in 2 Supp. Marijuana Decriminalization 2906-2914 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 14, 1975).

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (American Academy of Judicial Education, 1978).

Criminal Procedure: An Analysis of Constitutional Cases and Concepts (Foundation Press, 1980).

Recent Decisions: United States Supreme Court (1979-1980 Term) (American Academy of Judicial Education, 1980).

Standards Relating to Transfer Between Courts (reporter) (IJA-ABA Joint Commission on Juvenile Justice Standards/Ballinger, 1980).

Articles and Book Chapters

Securing Police Compliance with Constitutional Limitations: The Exclusionary Rule and Other Devices (with Monrad G. Paulsen and Richard Bonnie), in Law and Order Reconsidered: Report of the Task Force on Law and Law Enforcement 365-409 (National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, 1969); excerpts reprinted in Va. L. Wkly., Feb. 18, 1972, at 1-4, Feb. 25, 1972, at 1-4, and Mar. 3, 1972, at 1-4; and in 23 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 95-120 (1971-72).

Appendix: Jury Trials in Misdemeanor Cases, in Mass Production Justice and the Constitutional Ideal 211-222 (Charles H. Whitebread, II ed., Michie, 1970).

The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition (with Richard J. Bonnie), 56 Va. L. Rev. 971-1203 (1970); reprinted in Marijuana Decriminalization 241-471 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 14, 1975).

Historical and Sociological Aspects of Drug Problems in Society (with Thomas A. Guidoboni), in Educational Perspectives in the Drug Abuse Crisis 11-20 (Peter Hackett et al. eds., University Press of Virginia, 1971).

Legal Implications of Drug Use and Abuse (with Thomas A. Guidoboni), in Educational Perspectives in the Drug Abuse Crisis 132-141 (Peter Hackett et al. eds., University Press of Virginia, 1971).

Constructive Possession in Narcotics Cases: To Have and Have Not (with Ronald Stevens), 58 Va. L. Rev. 751-775 (1972).

Toward a Conceptual Theory of Selective Enforcement, in 3 App. Drug Use in America: Problem in Perspective 853-864 (National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1973).

A Forensic Psychiatry Clinic in Evolution (with Browning Hoffman and Robert Showalter), 2 J. Psychiatry & L. 423-435 (1974).

Juvenile Double Jeopardy (with Robert Batey), 63 Geo. L.J. 857-885 (1975).

Transfer Between Courts: Proposals of the Juvenile Justice Standards Project (with Robert Batey), 63 Va. L. Rev. 221-248 (1977).

Monrad Paulsen and the Idea of a University Law School (with Michael J. Graetz), 67 Va. L. Rev. 445-460 (1981).


Law and Morals (reviewing Kaplan, Marijuana – The New Prohibition) (with Richard J. Bonnie), 172 Sci. 703-705 (1970).

Recent Developments in Juvenile Justice, Va. L. Wkly., Oct. 14, 1977, at 1, 3-4.

Browning Hoffman: Tribute to a Teacher (with Walter Wadlington), 66 Va. L. Rev. 423-425 (1980).