L.O. Natt Gantt, II
M.Div., summa cum laude, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
A.B., summa cum laude, Duke University
L. O. Natt Gantt, II, is Professor and Director of Academic Success and Advising; Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform. Professor Gantt received his A.B. in psychology and political science, summa cum laude, from Duke University; his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and his Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before joining Regent in 2000, he served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Donald S. Russell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; as an associate at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.; and as a Proxy Analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Gantt teaches Professional Responsibility, Federal Civil Procedure, and directs Regent's Academic Success Program. Professor Gantt has been active in the national academic support community and served from 2004 to 2007 as editor of The Learning Curve, the newsletter of the Academic Support Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has served as a faculty member of the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course. He has also spoken on various topics related to legal education and legal ethics and has authored several articles on those topics.
J.D., College of William & Mary; Managing Editor, William & Mary Law Review, 1984-85.
M.A., College of William & Mary.
B.A., Randolph-Macon College.
Professor Madison teaches Civil Procedure and Pretrial Practice and Procedure. His pretrial practice casebook, Civil Procedure for All States: A Context and Practice Casebook (2010), has drawn praise as one of the first casebooks designed according to the recommendations of the Carnegie Institute in its groundbreaking work, Educating Lawyers (2007).
Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal Profession, elected Professor Madison a Fellow as a result of his casebook and efforts to improve legal education. Professor Madison was also selected to be a contributing author in the forthcoming Building on Best Practices in Legal Education, a book that evaluates methods to implement the recommendations of the Carnegie study.
Professor Madison was on the New Law Teachers’ Committee for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2013 Conference and will present there on the steps in designing an effective course.
Professor Madison —along with Professor L.O. Natt Gantt—led the formation of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform. The Center began a mentorship program in the 2012-13 academic year in which first-year law students are paired with judges or lawyers to assist in allowing students to probe those outside of law school with experience in ethical challenges. The Center also organizes presentations, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and workshops focused on the importance of developing ethical boundaries as a professional, and the degree to which that will affect one’s sense of integrity and fulfillment.
In addition to the casebook and forthcoming Building on Best Practice in Legal Education, Professor Madison has written and continues to write articles on improving legal education. As a former litigation partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams, a past bar association president, a long-time member of the James-Kent Inn of Court, and someone who in practice devoted thousands of hours to pro bono cases, Professor Madison brings his diverse experience into both teaching and, in particular, into his exploration with students of the scenarios that test lawyers’ ethical values and—he believes—determine the degree to which they find satisfaction in the legal field.