William W. Oliver joined the faculty at Indiana in 1954, and retired in 1991. He earned his AB from the University of Kentucky and a JD from Northwestern University. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice of the United States Fred Vinson in 1952-53 and to Chief Justice Earl Warren during the following term.
The recipient of the Law School's Gavel Award in 1960 and the Herman Frederic Lieber Award for Teaching in 1963, Professor Oliver taught for 41 years, influencing generations of law students.
An active scholar in tax planning and reform, his most recent book is entitled Why We Should Abolish the Income Tax: A Guide to the Principal Proposals.
In addition to his scholarly and teaching achivements, Oliver founded Oliver Winery, a nationally known winery based in Bloomington. Following his retirement, he was of Counsel with the Bloomington law firm Mallor Clendening Grodner & Bohrer until his death in 2011.
Barton L. Kaufman, LLB '65, endowed the William W. Oliver Professorship in 2003.