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President Taylor Reveley: A Short Biography
Winter 2008
Volume 74
Number 2

President Taylor Reveley: A Short Biography

BY MELISSA V. PINARD

Before assuming his current post, Taylor Reveley served as dean of William and Mary Law School for almost a decade, starting in August 1998. He is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence.

Reveley received his A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1965. At Princeton, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and rowed on the lightweight crew for two years. Reveley went to law school at the University of Virginia, receiving his J.D. in 1968. During the United States Supreme Court's 1969 term, he clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr.

Reveley has studied and written extensively about the constitutional division of the war powers between the president and Congress. In 1972-73, he spent 13 months studying the war powers while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He is the author of War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Olive Branch? (University of Virginia Press, 1981).

Before joining William and Mary, Reveley practiced law for many years at Hunton & Williams, where he specialized in energy matters, especially those involving commercial nuclear power. He was the managing partner of the firm for nine years.

Much of Reveley's extracurricular time over the years has gone to nonprofit organizations. He has served on many educational and cultural boards, including those of Princeton University (where he is a trustee emeritus), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Christopher's School, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Richmond Symphony and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation.

Reveley and his wife, Helen, have four children -- Taylor, Everett, Nelson and Helen Lanier -- and a daughter-in-law, Marlo.


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