The Will to Prevail: Inside the Legal Battle to Save Sweet Briar

William H. Hurd *

Ashley L. Taylor, Jr. **

Nancyellen Keane ***

Stephen C. Piepgrass ****

C. Reade Jacob, Jr. *****

James M. Giudice ******

J. Westwood Smithers III *******

 

Sweet Briar College was established over a century ago by the will of a prominent Virginia landowner, Indiana Fletcher Williams, as an institute for the education of young women. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a breath-taking 3250-acre former plantation, the campus is a National Historic District and home to twenty-one buildings on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Chartered in 1901 by the Virginia General Assembly, the school officially opened its doors in 1906.

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* Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 1977, University of Virginia School of Law; B.A. 1973, University of Virginia.

** Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 1993, Washington and Lee School of Law; B.A., 1990, Virginia Military Institute.

*** Vice President for Administration and General Counsel, Sweet Briar College; Of Counsel, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 1982, University of Richmond School of Law; A. B., 1978, Sweet Briar College.

**** Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 2005, University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., 1999, Duke University.

***** Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 2005, University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., 1999, Duke University.

****** J.D. Candidate, 2017, University of Richmond School of Law.

******* J.D. Candidate, 2017, University of Richmond School of Law

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