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Porcher L. Taylor III

Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies

Professor Emeritus, Paralegal Studies

  • Profile

    Porcher L. Taylor III, J.D. is professor and program chair of the paralegal studies program in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond. He also holds a joint appointment as an associate professor of management in the University’s Robins School of Business.

    Taylor is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law. His articles have been published in Columbia Science and Technology Law Review and Accounting Horizons (a double-blind peer-review journal), among others. An idea in an opinion article by Taylor played a pivotal role in having Congress amend the federal law on campus crime reporting in 2008.

    He is a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award for 2005–2006. Since 1997, he has taught courses in all five of the University’s schools, a total of 18 different courses.

    His ideas on corporate governance reform have appeared in The Washington Post. For five years he was a senior associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a prominent nonprofit public policy research institution in Washington, D.C. He served in the Army JAG Corps for nearly five years and practiced law for nearly seven years as a litigation associate with the law firm of Ruden, McCloskey, et al. in Florida.

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    • Awards

      University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award

    • Presentations

      Taylor, P. L. III (2003, December 4). Satellite imagery intelligence (IMINT) sharing in joint peacekeeping operations: Five alternatives for obtaining IMINT when the U.S. government cannot share or refuses to share its IMINT with certain U.S. allies. Presentation at the second annual conference on Peacekeeping Intelligence. Ottawa, Canada.

      Taylor, P. L. III (2003, November 6). The imperatives for a Contrarian Threat Assessment Directorate (CTAD): 15 lessons for intelligence agencies and national security and defense policymakers in a post-9/11 preemption era. Presentation at the Intelligence Analysis-2: Evolving Tasks, Emergent Capabilities Conference. Ottawa, Canada.

      Taylor, P. L. III (1997, September 20). The Solomonic paradigm of leadership. Presentation to the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, Richmond, VA.

    • Memberships

      Associate of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy

      National Eagle Scout Association

      American Bar Association

      Fellow, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS)

    • Bar Admissions

      Virginia, 1996

      District of Columbia, 1991

      U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1989

      Florida, 1984

    • Professional Experience

      Program Chair & Professor (1996-2020)

      Paralegal Studies, School of Professional & Continuing Studies, University of Richmond

      Commercial Litigation Associate (1988-1995)

      Ruden, Barnett, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

      Litigated for major banks, developers, contractors, subcontractors and other business and individual clients in state circuit court and federal court in a wide range of contract dispute, foreclosure, title insurance defense, construction and real estate matters for “one of Florida’s largest and most prominent,” full-service (primarily corporate) law firms (about 115 attorneys) from its flagship office. Trial counsel or co-counsel in over 230 pretrial hearings in state circuit court. Represented corporate and business clients at several depositions and mediations. Negotiated and drafted several settlements. Co-appellate counsel in a few cases.

      Deputy Judge Advocate/Chief (1987-1988)

      Civil and International Law Divisions Southern Law Center, Mannheim, West Germany.

      Managed a German attorney, three U.S. attorneys, and 13 paralegals/administrative staff. Initiated and successfully negotiated with German prosecutorial officials a 90-day amnesty program for some U.S. soldiers and civilian employees in Mannheim that were in violation of German labor and immigration law because of their hiring of “illegal domestic employees.” This was the first amnesty program of its kind at the time in a U.S. military community in Europe. Interviewed in the Mannheim Military Community’s Messenger newspaper on the sensitive legal issues surrounding the employment of “illegal domestic employees in the community, the first article in Europe on the subject which also began a Europe-wide educational process.”

      Action Attorney (1986-1987)

      International Law Division, Headquarters, U.S. Army – Europe, Office of the Judge Advocate, Heidelberg, West Germany.

      Responsible for an administrative aspect of a politically sensitive U.S government civil intervenor suit for damages filed in French court. This successful litigation paralleled the French government’s simultaneous trial for the prosecution, conviction and life sentence of a “top leader” of a terrorist group for his complicity in the terrorist assassination of Lt. Colonel Charles R. Ray, an American military officer assigned to the Defense Attaché in Paris.

      Prosecutor/Administrative Law Officer/Legal Assistance Officer (1983-1986)

      Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

      Successfully prosecuted and obtained a conviction in a jury trial in a drug felony case by filing and prevailing on a pretrial motion in limine that limited the cross-examination of the government’s confidential informant.

      Field Artillery Officer (1975-1980)

      Project Officer, Pershing II Missile System, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, OK.

      Served as a service battery commander and battalion supply officer in a nuclear-capable unit with a highly complex weapons system. As a project officer (four months), developed and published the draft Pershing II Missile System Training Device Requirement and the draft Field Artillery Training Devices/Simulations Plan 1980-1990.

    • Institutional Service

      • Senator, University Faculty Senate (2015-2018)
      • Presidential Search Committee (2014-2015)
      • Planning and Priorities Committee (2014 – present)
      • SCHEV Selection Committee (2011, 2012 & 2014)
      • Moderator, Faculty & Staff Panel, Search Committee for the Associate Vice President for Public Safety and University Chief of Police (2010)
      • Program for Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness (PETE) Committee (2005-2014)
      • Provost Ad Hoc Curriculum Task Force: Subcommittee on Upper-Division Cross-School Curricular Opportunities (2008-2010)
      • University Committee for Cross-School Curricular Oversight (Aug. 2010 – present)
      • Committee on Committees (Fall 2005 – Spring 2009)
      • Law and Medicine Committee, School of Law (2006)
      • Provost Search Committee (Dec. 2000 – April 2001)
      • University Faculty Council (two appointments; 1999-2001)
      • Provost Shadow Committee
      • Early Retirement Committee
      • The University’s Year 2000 Community Issues Group (Fall 1999)
      • Judge, 2001 Virginia Federation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) Ethics Bowl, Feb. 4, 2001. Judged the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Robins School of Business teams.
      • CIGNA Scholar Mentor, Spring 1997

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Taylor, P. L., III, & Litteral, L. A. (2015). The first-year seminar: An innovative way for business law professors to integrate liberal arts pedagogy into undergraduate business education. Journal of Legal Studies in Business, 19, 1-46.

    Bosse, D. A., & Taylor, P. L., III. (2012). The second glass ceiling impedes women entrepreneurs. Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 17(1), 52-68.

    Taylor, P. L. III, & Kay, H. L. (2011). A green board as a climate-change imperative: Appointing a climate-change expert to the audit committee. University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law, 18 (2), 215-261.

    Taylor, P. L. III, Pinguelo, F. M., & Cedrone, T. D. (2010). The Reverse-Morals Clause: The unique way to save talent’s reputation and money in a new era of corporate crimes and scandals. Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 28(1), 65-113.

    Taylor, P. L. III. (2010). Maximizing the recruitment of scholarship-hungry law faculty: A modest change to the FAR form. Indiana Law Journal Supplement, 85(4), 15-23.

    Hodges, A. C., & Taylor, P. L. III. (2005). The business fallout from the rapid obsolescence and planned obsolescence of high-tech products: Downsizing of noncompetition agreements. Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, 6(3), 1-31.

    Coombs, J. E. & Taylor, P. L. III. (2006). Non-competition agreements and research productivity in the biotechnology industry. In Zacharias, A. (Ed.), Frontiers of entrepreneurship research 2006 (pp. 357-367). Babson Park, MA: Babson College.

    Geiger, M. A. & Taylor, P. L. III. (2003). CEO and CFO certifications of financial information. Accounting Horizons, 17(4), 357-368.

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