Roscoe C. Roberts was appointed University Counsel to Virginia State University (VSU) in 2003 by the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. Roberts had been with the Office of the Attorney General for over 20 years.
Roberts began his career in 1978 with the Petersburg Legal Aid Society, Inc., today known as Southside Virginia Legal Services, Inc. Roberts served as counsel in civil matters in the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, and Charles City. He entered the public sector in 1981 as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth where his duties consisted of prosecution of consumer fraud cases, representation in direct appeals of criminal cases, drafting legislation, redistricting of house and senate districts of the General Assembly, and serving as General Counsel to many institutions of higher education. Such institutions included: James Madison University, Christopher Newport University, Virginia State University and George Mason University.
Roberts has also engaged in the general private practice of law where he specialized in civil trials, personal injury, domestic relations, criminal and traffic defense and small business.
As an Assistant Attorney General in 1997, Roberts worked in the Health Services Section of the Office of the Attorney General. There he served as legal counsel to the State Health Commissioner, the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia’s health regulatory boards in the Department of Health Professions which encompassed the Virginia Board of Medicine, Virginia Board of Physical Therapy, Virginia Board of Audiology Speech-Language Pathology, and the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers; as well as counsel to the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation. Roberts was promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General in 2003.
Roberts graduated in 1975 from Wake Forest University with a B.A. degree in History. In 1978, he graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. His education also includes attendance at the National Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia School of Law, and the London Business School in London England.