About Me

Professor of Law Emeritus, B.S. 1962, East Tennessee State University; J.D. with honors, 1969, University of North Carolina; Order of the Coif; North Carolina Law Review.



Admitted to practice in North Carolina, 1969, and Virginia, 1984; Assistant Public Defender 12th Judicial District of N.C., 1970-72; associate, Barringon, Smith and Jones, Fayetteville, N.C., 1972-73; partner, Smith, Geimer and Glusman, P.A., Fayetteville, N.C., 1973-78; Executive Director, Farmworkers Legal Services of North Carolina, 1978-80; Assistant Professor of Law, 1980-84; Associate Professor of Law, 1984-89; Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, 1989-Spring 2001; Director, Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, 1988-99; Professor of Law, Emeritus, 2001-.


W&L Scholarly Commons (Available PDFs)

The U.S. Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights: Paper Protection vs. Responsible Exercise of Discretion, 61 Guild Practitioner 236 (2004).

Two Decades of Death: Trashing the Rule of Law in Virginia, 11 Cap. Def. J. 293 (1999), available at Lexis.

Abusing Abuse Evidence: Professor Dershowitz Knows Better, 17 Children’s Legal Rts. J. 27 (1997).

A Decade of Strickland’s Tin Horn: Doctrinal and Practical Undermining of the Right to Counsel, 4 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 91 (1995), available at Hein-OnlineLexisWestlaw.

A Tribute to J. Timothy Philipps, 51 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1127 (1994), available at Hein-OnlineLexisWestlaw.

How Jurors Decide Who Must Die: Face to Face With the Final Sentence, Legal Times, February 11, 1991, at 37, col. 1, available at Lexisreprinted in N.J.L.J., February 21, 1991, at 9, col. 1 (titled Why Jurors Choose the Death Penalty), available at Lexis.

Trial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia (Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Virginia Law Foundation 1991) (with Roger D. Groot).

Law and Reality in the Capital Penalty Trial, 18 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 273 (1990/1991), available at Hein-OnlineWestlaw.

Juvenileness: A Single-Edged Constitutional Sword, 22 Ga. L. Rev. 949 (1988) (Symposium: Parents, Children, and the Courts),available at Hein-OnlineLexisWestlaw.

Why Jurors Vote Life or Death: Operative Factors in Ten Florida Death Penalty Cases, 15 Am. J. Crim. L. 1 (1988) (with Jonathan Amsterdam), available at Hein-OnlineWestlaw.

Book Review, 35 Cath. U. L. Rev. 663 (1986) (reviewing Robert H. Mnookin, In the Interest of Chidren: Advocacy, Law Reform, and Public Policy (1985)), available at Hein-OnlineLexisWestlaw.

Ready to Take the High Road? The Case for Importing Scotland’s Juvenile Justice System, 35 Cath. U. L. Rev. 385 (1986), available at Hein-OnlineLexisWestlaw.

Death at Any Cost: A Critique of the Supreme Court’s Recent Retreat From Its Death Penalty Standards, 12 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 737 (1985), available at Lexis.

The Law of Homicide in North Carolina: Brand New Cart Before Tired Old Horse, 19 Wake Forest L. Rev. 331 (1983), available atHein-Online.

Dedication and Uncertainty: Reflections Upon the Eighth National Conference on Juvenile Justice, 6 J. Juv. L. 36 (1982).

Legal Services for the Poor After the Reagan Years, 68 A.B.A. J. 1262 (1982), available at Lexis.


A Tribute to William S. Geimer

Washington and Lee Law Review
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