Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will be back on campus to teach at the Law School and the University’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies after leaving office in January.

A Harvard law graduate who also has served as Richmond’s mayor and Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Kaine also is chair of the Democratic National Committee. Before seeking public office, he taught law at Richmond, including courses in professional responsibility.

“I have always been a believer in the power of education, and I am thrilled to be rejoining the faculty of the University of Richmond this coming semester,” Kaine said. “I look forward to contributing to the next generation of legal scholars and leaders, while helping the University of Richmond advance The Richmond Promise.”

“Our law school has a long tradition of educating lawyers for service in national, state and local government, in legislatures, in executive agencies, and in the judiciary,” said John G. Douglass, dean of the Law School. Kaine offers “experience in government and politics that will bring to life our students’ exploration of executive decision-making, legislative process, and public policy issues that shape the formation and interpretation of law.”

“Tim Kaine had an outstanding career as a practitioner, especially as a civil rights lawyer, before his years in politics,” Douglass said. “His broad understanding of law and his legal craftsmanship will make him an effective teacher and role model for our students.”

During his law school years, Kaine served for a year as a missionary in Honduras and speaks Spanish. He is married to Anne Holton, a former Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge and activist on behalf of families and children. She is the daughter of former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton. Anne Holton clerked for the late Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr., L’42 and H’76.

Kaine’s appointment is part-time, without tenure. He will teach one course this spring at Jepson, and a course at the Law School in the fall.Douglass, dean of the Law School. Kaine offers “experience in government and politics that will bring to life our students’ exploration of executive decision-making, legislative process, and public policy issues that shape the formation and interpretation of law.”