Bill Olson served a task force studying Export Controls, and contributed to the chapter written by Wayne A. Abernathy entitled Strategic Trade. This chapter was in a book edited and written by Stuart M. Butler, Michael Sanera, and W. Bruce Weinrod entitled Mandate for Leadership II: Continuing the Conservative Revolution, published by The Heritage Foundation, 1984.
Representing Congressman Dickinson, this brief successfully urged the Supreme Court to grant certiorari to resolve the distinction between permissible and impermissible uses by unions of agency fees paid by those working men and woman who choose not to join unions but who are required to pay those fees under law.
On December 31, 1981, President Reagan used his recess appointment power to appoint Bill Olson as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, as well as appointing a full slate of new directors. Shortly thereafter, Bill and the other Reagan appointees were sued by the Carter-appointed members of the Board of Directors. (The Complaint appears here.)
Among the plaintiffs
This brief represents Public Service Research Council regarding whether Congress, in enacting the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, created a federal private right of action for employees of a municipally owned transit system for an alleged breach of a local collective bargaining agreement.
Bill Olson was appointed by President Reagan as a Member, and Chairman, of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation in December 1981. His service in the Reagan Administration was profiled in the book Reagan’s Ruling Class: Portraits of the President’s Top One Hundred Officials, by Ronald Brownstein and Nina Easton, published by the Public Accountability Group, 1982.
Bill Olson received a memorandum from President-Elect Reagan thanking him for the submission of the Final Report of the Transition Team for the Legal Service Corporation which Bill chaired.