The William & Mary Law School Association recognized Bishop M. Garrison, Jr. J.D. ’10 as recipient of the 2017 Taylor Reveley Award during the Law School’s May 14 Diploma Ceremony.
Named in honor of William & Mary President and former Law School Dean Taylor Reveley, the award recognizes outstanding commitment to public service by an alumna or alumnus who has graduated in the previous 10 years.
Garrison serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Sentinel Strategy and Policy Consulting in Washington, D.C.
A 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Garrison served two one-year tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Calvary Regiment. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Action Badge. After completing his Army service, Garrison studied law at William & Mary Law School, and became head of the Law School’s Honor Council.
After law school, Garrison worked as a federal consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Solutions Group. In 2012, he joined the Obama-Biden reelection effort, serving as Director of Veterans Outreach for the Commonwealth of Virginia. After the 2012 election, Garrison took positions as White House Liaison for the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Garrison went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, a federally directed board consisting of 40 senior leaders from across the national security and technology industries.
Following his time in the Obama Administration, Garrison joined the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, serving as the campaign’s Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser.
In brief remarks, Garrison had a simple message for the law graduates following in his footsteps as citizen lawyers.
“You are the very foundation of our American principles; your presence here today demonstrates your dedication to the pillars that keep our society accessible for all its citizens.” Garrison told the crowd. “You are not only the citizen lawyer, you are the citizen warrior—the young, brilliant, dedicated individuals who will serve as the first line of defense in upholding the standards of American jurisprudence.”
Previous recipients of the Reveley Award include Douglas Bunch B.A. ’02, J.D. ’06 and Douglas Smith J.D. ’06 (2011), Alexis A. McLeod J.D. ’07 (2012), Chris Rey J.D. ’10 (2013), Latoya C. Asia J.D. ’09 (2014), William C. Smith B.A. ’04, J.D. ’09 (2015), and Maryann Nolan Chong J.D. ’07 (2016).
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