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Melvin I. Urofsky Alumnus, Class of 1957

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Melvin I. UrofskyProfessor Emeritus of History,
Virginia Commonwealth University

Before joining VCU as chair of the History Department in 1974, he taught at the Ohio State University and SUNY Albany.

He has lectured in Europe, Asia and Australia and has spoken at many colleges and law schools in the U.S. He has served as historical consultant to the Touro Synagogue Foundation and has been a consultant to other groups, including the Virginia Historical Society and Beth Ahabah Museum.

He writes widely on constitutional history, and has been the editor for the past twenty years of the Journal of Supreme Court History. His Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, published in 2009, won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Award as the Book of the Year, was chosen for the Ambassador’s Award by the English-Speaking Union of the United States, and won the Griswald Prize of the Supreme Court Historical Society. His latest work is Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court’s History and the Nation’s Constitutional Dialogue.

He lives with his wife Susan in Maryland. They have two sons, Philip, a lawyer, and Robert, the director of accreditation for school counseling programs, two daughters-in-law, and three grand-children. They also have a dog, Lady, who she—and everyone else—considers part of the family.

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