Roy A. Schotland, law professor, dies at 80

February 5
Roy A. Schotland
law professor

Roy A. Schotland, who was a law professor and associate dean at Georgetown University law school for almost 40 years, died Jan. 27 at the Washington Home hospice in the District. He was 80.

The cause was heart disease, his son, Joey Schotland, said.

Mr. Schotland joined Georgetown’s faculty in 1970 after teaching law at the University of Virginia and University of Pennsylvania. He was recognized as a leading authority on administrative law and was co-editor of “Administrative Law, Cases and Comments” (1995), a widely used text in law schools.

While serving as a consultant to several state pension funds in the 1980s, Mr. Schotland published an influential article that helped bring about changes in how pension programs and retirement benefits for college professors were administered.

His other academic interests included campaign finance and judicial election law.

Mr. Schotland was also instrumental in hiring law faculty members at Georgetown. He retired in 2009 but continued to publish scholarly papers through 2011.

Roy Arnold Schotland was born in Newark and was a 1954 graduate of Columbia University. After serving in the Army, he graduated in 1960 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the law review.

After clerking for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan in the early 1960s, Mr. Schotland worked for a New York law firm before beginning his teaching career at U-Va. in 1965.

He was a District resident and a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sara Deutch Schotland of Washington; two children, Rebecca S. Wolsk of Washington and Joseph D. “Joey” Schotland of Westwood, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel