Dr. Warren BillingsDr. Warren Billings

Warren M. Billings graduated A.B. from the College of William and Mary, A.M. from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. He is Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of New Orleans and formerly Historian of the Supreme Court of Louisiana and Visiting Williams Professor of Law at the University of Richmond Law School. Currently he is Visiting Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary Law School. Professor Billings turned out over sixty graduate students, a number of whom gained doctorates and renown as scholars in their own right. Several of his William and Mary law students are prize-winning essayists.

An historian of law in Louisiana and colonial Virginia, Dr. Billings is the author or editor of seventeen books and over one hundred articles, reviews, and book chapters, and he has also given as many presentations at professional conferences and public lecture series. He chaired the APVA/Preservation Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Advisory Board and held a seat on the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission.

A one-time member of the boards of the Louisiana State Museum, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, and numerous boards or commissions. A past president of the Louisiana Historical Association, he is a former and sitting trustee of APVA/Preservation Virginia. His professional memberships include the American Association of Law Libraries, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Southern Historical Association, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Louisiana Historical Association.

A one-time Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Virginia Historical Society Mellon Research Fellow, he holds honorary life membership in the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians and the Company of Fellows of the Louisiana Historical Association. The Louisiana Historical Association honored him with its Garnie W. McGinty Lifetime Achievement Award and the Virginia Historical Society conferred its Richard Slattern Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography. By order of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, he was designated Bicentennial Court Historian on March 1, 2013.