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March 26, 2013

W. Taylor Reveley III Receives Virginia State Bar Leadership in Education Award

W. Taylor Reveley III, the 27th president of the College of William & Mary, has been named the second recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia. W. Taylor Reveley III photo

Reveley is being honored for his long-standing and dedicated efforts in the field of legal education. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision in developing and implementing innovative concepts to improve and enhance the state of legal education, and in advancing relationships and professionalism among members of the academy, the bench, and the bar within the legal profession in Virginia.

“Taylor has been an exemplary leader in legal education and in other educational and cultural areas,” said Karen A. Gould, executive director of the VSB.  “His passion for sharing what he has learned through a life spent in education and the law is evidenced by his commitment to volunteer service.  I can think of no other leader who deserves this award more than Taylor Reveley.” 

The award was established in April 2012 to honor former VSB president and founder of the Education Section, William R. Rakes, a senior partner with the Roanoke, Virginia, firm of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore.

“For many years Taylor Reveley has worked tirelessly to advance the legal profession through the improvement of legal education in law school and throughout a lawyer's career,” Rakes said.  “His background as a practicing lawyer and law teacher along with his leadership as a law firm managing partner, law school dean and now as president of a distinguished college, has afforded him a unique perspective which coupled with his exceptional talents and personal traits have made him an effective leader to whom we are all indebted.  He honors all of us by accepting this award.”

The award is to be presented June 13, 2013, at the Virginia State Bar’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.

Reveley has served the bar and legal education for decades. He is the College of William & Mary’s John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence. He was previously dean of the William & Mary Law School and earlier practiced law at Hunton & Williams for almost three decades, including nine years as the firm’s managing partner. 

Reveley received his A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1965. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1968. During the United States Supreme Court's 1969 term, he clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Reveley has written extensively about the constitutional division of authority between the president and Congress over American use of force abroad.

He has served on many educational and cultural boards, including those of Princeton University (where he is a trustee emeritus), Union Theological Seminary, 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 two daughters-in-law, Margaret Louise (married to Taylor) and Jessica (married to Nelson).   Nominations are invited annually by the board of governors of the Section on the Education of Lawyers. The award is underwritten by Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore. 

Updated: Mar 26, 2013