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William Taft Stephens, American lawyer. Bar: Alabama 1969, New York 1970, University São Paolo. Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1970, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972, United States District Court (southern district) Alabama 1978, United States District Court (northern district) Alabama 1983, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1983, United States Court Appeals (Federal circuit) 1984.

Background

Stephens, William Taft was born on December 3, 1943 in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. Son of Roy Carl and Mary Frances (Taft) Stephens.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Aero Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama, 1966. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1969.

Career

Engineer trainee National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Marshall Spaceflight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, 1963-1965, 67. Propulsion engineer Boeing Company, 1966. Associate Kenyon & Kenyon, New York City, 1969-1970, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1970-1973.

Chief civil division State of Alabama Atty General' General’ s Office, Montgomery, 1973-1980. General counsel Retirement Systems of Alabama, 1980-1998, since 2000, deputy director, counsel, 1998—2000. Special counsel Alabama Legislature, 1976-1977, 1983.

Member permanent Study Commission of State Judicial System, 1977-1980. Adjunct professor Auburn University, Montgomery, 1979-1981. Member Auburn University Research Council, 1997—2000.

Member dean's council Auburn University College Liberal Arts, 1997-2000.

Religion

The longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.

Politics

The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.

Views

The family has its own complex identity as a small community of covenant love and trust.

Membership

Candidate for State Attorney General, 1978. Member Auburn University Engineering Council, since 1981. Coach Little League Baseball, Montgomery, 1979-1999.

Board directors Boys and Girls Clubs of Montgomery, 1985-1982, United States Airways, New Water St. Corporation. Trustee American Village Citizenship Trust. Member National Association Public Pension Attorneys (executive committee 1989-1995. president 1993-1995), Alabama Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Auburn University Bar Association (treasurer since 1983), Auburn University Alumni Association.