Laura E. Wilson

Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Law

    • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 1991
    • B.A., Transylvania University, 1988Courses taught: Conflict of Laws; Intentional Torts; Negligence; Advanced Torts; Virginia Civil Procedure and Practice.

      Professor Willson attending UK basketball game at
      Rupp Arena with her son, John

      Dean Wilson earned a B.A. in Accounting from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was a member of the law school’s Moot Court team. She is also a graduate of the William & Mary Summer School of Law in England through the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, during which she also completed a legal clerkship in Exeter.

      Dean Wilson previously practiced law in the Abingdon and Bristol offices of Penn, Stuart & Eskridge, where her practice primarily focused on commercial and personal injury litigation in state and federal courts and included appearing before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has extensive experience in natural resources law including mineral title examinations and transactional matters for clients in the natural resources industry. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan at both the Court of Appeals in Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia and, in private practice, was admitted to the bars of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. She currently maintains her licenses to practice law in Virginia and Kentucky.

      Professor Wilson hiking the Great Channels
      with her son, John, and her daughter, Holly

      Dean Wilson has served as an Adjunct Professor at Emory & Henry College, teaching Constitutional Law, and at ASL, teaching Conflict of Laws, Virginia Law Foundations, and Virginia Bar Preparation. She joined the ASL faculty on a full-time basis in the Fall of 2019, where she currently serves as Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Law.

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      Professor Wilson with her daughter, Sophie, on Ash Wednesday

      Although Dean Wilson was born and raised in Kentucky, she has lived in Southwest Virginia for nearly 30 years. She remains, however, a loyal Kentucky Wildcats fan and enjoys returning to Lake Cumberland to visit family and friends. Dean Wilson is actively involved with several ministries in her church parish and, while she has many interests, her favorite activity is spending time with her three adult children.

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