Former Gov. Gilmore Joins Law School

Posted: June 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

School of Law Dean Mark Grady has announced that James S. Gilmore III, former governor of Virginia from1998 to 2002, has been named a distinguished professor of law at George Mason.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Gov. Gilmore join our part-time faculty as a distinguished professor,” says Grady. “He has had a wide and varied legal career and has much to teach our students. In addition, he will be of tremendous help to us in identifying and analyzing important issues at the border between law and technology, especially in the area of critical infrastructure protection, where he is one of the nation’s leading experts.”

As governor, Gilmore played an instrumental role in the creation of the School of Law’s National Center for Technology and Law (Tech Center). He also served as cochair for the first two Global Internet Summits sponsored by the Tech Center. Recently, Gilmore delivered a keynote address on “Homeland Security and the Right of Privacy” at a conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection held at the law school.

Gilmore was elected Virginia attorney general in 1993 and governor in 1997. While governor, Gilmore created the nation’s first secretariat of technology, established a statewide technology commission, and signed into law the nation’s first comprehensive state Internet policy. He also chaired the national Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, which was charged with making recommendations to Congress on Internet taxation, an issue of global significance.

Since 1999, Gilmore has been chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, also known as the Gilmore Commission. This national panel was established by Congress to assess the capability of federal, state, and local government to respond to the consequences of a terrorist attack. The panel submitted its findings to the president and Congress each of the past four years and will continue to do so until Dec. 15, 2003. This commission was also influential in developing the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.

Currently, Gilmore is a partner at the law firm of Kelley, Drye, and Warren where he practices corporate and technology law and provides advice to clients on homeland security issues in the areas of public relations, information technology, and international relations.

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