Thomas H. Jackson is currently a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Rochester where he also served as ninth president from 1994 to 2005. Before that Jackson was vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, which he first joined in 1988 as dean of Virginia’s School of Law. He has also been professor of law at Harvard (1986–88) and served on the Stanford University faculty (1977–86). A 1972 graduate of Williams College, Jackson earned his law degree from Yale in 1975. He first clerked for U.S. District Court judge Marvin E. Frankel in New York (1975–76) and then for Supreme Court justice (later chief justice) William H. Rehnquist (1976–77). The author of bankruptcy and commercial law texts used in law schools across the country, he has served as special master for the U.S. Supreme Court.