W. Taylor Reveley, III
President and John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence
Office phone: (757) 221-1693
Office location: Room Brafferton Bldg.
Areas of Specialization
Citizen Lawyers; Constitutional Law--War Powers
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Joined the faculty in 1998. Clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court. Spent 13 months in 1972-73 as a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (studying the war powers). Practiced law at Hunton and Williams for 28 years, serving as managing partner of the firm for nine years and head of its energy and telecommunications team. Helped create the Virginia State Bar's Section on the Education of Lawyers and chaired its board.
Author of War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Olive Branch? (University Press of Virginia, 1981), articles on the war powers in the Virginia Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, American Political Science Review and Columbia Law Review, and chapters on these powers in Law and Civil War in the Modern World and The Constitution and the Conduct of Foreign Policy.
Reveley has been heavily involved in the lives of many educational, cultural and religious organizations, serving at various times on the boards of Princeton University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 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, JSTOR, St. Christopher's School, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.
- War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Olive Branch? (U. Va. Press 1981).
- The Citizen Lawyer, 50 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1309 (2009).
- William & Mary Law School Came First. Why Care?, 35 U. Tol. L. Rev. 185 (2003).
- Book Review, Is the Republic Circling the Drain?, 96 Nw. L. Rev. 1579 (2002) (reviewing Philip K. Howard, The Collapse of the Common Good: How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom (2001)).
- Cultural Musings of a Non-Traditional Dean, 31 U. Tol. L. Rev. 725 (2000).
- Book Review, War Powers, 83 Colum. L. Rev. 2117 (1983) (reviewing Edward Keynes, Undeclared War: Twilight Zone of Constitutional Power (Pennsylvania State U. Press 1982)).
- Book Review, 68 Am. Pol. Sci. Rev. 187 (1974) (reviewing Lawrence R. Velvel, Undeclared War and Civil Disobedience: The American System in Crisis (The Dunellen Co. 1970)).
- Constitutional Allocation of the War Powers Between the President and Congress: 1787-88, 15 Va. J. Int'l L. 73 (1974).
- Book Review, 1973 U. Ill. L. F. 408 (1973) (reviewing Arthur J. Goldberg, Equal Justice: The Warren Era of the Supreme Court (Northwestern U. Press 1971)).
- Practice and Pleading (15th Annual Survey of Virginia Law: 1969-1970), 56 Va. L. Rev. 1500 (1970).
- Commentary, 10 Va. J. Int'l Law 58 (1969).
- Presidential War-Making: Constitutional Prerogative or Usurpation?, 55 Va. L. Rev. 1243 (1969).
- The Power to Make War, in The Constitution and the Conduct of Foreign Policy (Praeger 1976).
- Constitutional Aspects of United States Participation in Foreign Internal Conflicts, in Law and Civil War in the Modern World (Johns Hopkins U. Press 1974).
- Forward to Anne Hobson Freeman, The Style of a Law Firm: Eight Gentlemen from Virginia (Algonquin 1989).