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Thomas W. Taylor, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy  

Office Location: 174 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 613-9252
Duke Box: 90243
Email Address: thomas.taylor@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security and Defense, Homeland Security

Graduate of Industrial College of the Armed Forces (fulltime Senior Service College for senior executives and military officers), National Defense University, 1987
Distinguished Graduate (first in class) in accredited fulltime graduate legal education program, The Judge Advocate General's School, 1979
J.D. (Honors); Morehead Fellow in Law; Order of the Coif; North Carolina Law Review, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1969
B.A. (High Honors); Departmental Honors (History), Guilford College, 1966

Research Description: National and homeland security; civil-military relations; leadership and management; constitutional and intelligence law

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Pubpol 803.01, Policy analysis i Synopsis
    Sanford 03, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • Pubpol 803.02, Policy analysis i Synopsis
    Sanford 03, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Office Hours:
Monday and Wednesday, 3:00-4:00

Recent Publications

  1. T.W. Taylor. "Leadership in High Profile Cases." Military Law Review 204 (Summer, 2010): 343-372.
  2. T.W. Taylor. "Plain English for Army Lawyers." Military Law Review (1987).
  3. T.W. Taylor. "Enforceability of Marital Contracts." N.C. Law Review (1969).
  4. T.W. Taylor. "Meeting of the Minds and UCC Sec. 2.204." N.C. Law Review (1969).
  5. T.W. Taylor. "The New North Carolina Priest-Penitent Statute." N.C. Law Review (1968).

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas W. Taylor is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He retired in June 2006 as the senior career civilian attorney in the Department of the Army, where he served as the senior leader of the Army legal community during extended transition periods between successive political appointees. He has provided legal and policy advice to seven Secretaries and seven Chiefs of Staff during his past twenty seven years in the Pentagon on a wide variety of operational, personnel, and other issues, including military support to civil authorities following the attacks on September 11, 2001, and during domestic disaster relief operations. His primary areas of interest include national and homeland security; civil-military relations; leadership; and constitutional and intelligence law.

He began his career as an Army officer trying criminal cases in Alaska and Germany, before serving as an Associate Professor in the Law Department of the United States Military Academy at West Point. As a Reserve Colonel during annual training, he acted as the Academic Dean at the Army’s law school, which provides training and continuing legal education for military and Government lawyers, and confers the LL.M. degree. He has lectured at law schools and professional conferences on national security law topics throughout his career and published notes and articles in law reviews.

He received his BA from Guilford College and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Fellow and a member of the Order of the Coif and North Carolina Law Review. Upon his retirement, he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, and the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. He has received four Presidential Rank Awards from the last three Presidents, as well as numerous military decorations, including the Legion of Merit.

Thomas W. Taylor