W. Taylor Reveley III, president of William and Mary, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg about the university's long and rich history. Reveley was appointed the 27th president of William and Mary in September of 2008, after serving as interim president since February of that same year. He 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 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 extensively studied and written 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 & 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.
Reveley and his wife Helen have four children and four grandchildren
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