WILLIAMSBURG -- Virginia Commonwealth's attorneys and students at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary should benefit from a coming move into office space at the school, college officials believe.
In a recent meeting, the executive committee of the board of visitors voted to rent one room and a portion of another at the school for $1 a year. Tenants will be the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's attorneys and the Commonwealth's Attorneys Services and Training Counsel.
"They have an association that in part has educational goals and they thought it desirable to have some formal association with a law school," Dean William B. Spong Jr. said. "We think it's an association that will be helpful to our students."
The board said in a statement that accompanied its resolution that "the location of the office at Marshall-Wythe would bring the law students into continuing contact with commonwealth's attorneys who possess a fund of unique practical experience.
"In addition, students would become known to many commonwealth's attorneys. This could greatly enhance employment opportunities for the students."
"The new law school building is an excellent facility, and its law research library is one of the finest in the commonwealth. By making these facilities available to the commonwealth's attorneys, the college would be making a contribution to the improvement of the legal system in Virginia.
The association and council will move from their offices in Richmond because "we thought it would be economically-desirable and advantageous to the law school and to the training council," William L. Person Jr., said.
Person, the WiIliamsburg-James City County commonwealth's attorney, is chairman of the council and president of the association.
Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-2 (July 23, 1981)
Times-Dispatch State Staff, "W&M Law School to Get Tenants" (1981). 1976–1985: William B. Spong, Jr.. 14.