Edwin Meese, III, Attorney General of the United States from 1985-1988, was instrumental in ensuring that the U.S. Department of Justice, for the first time in history, played a leadership role in advancing the rights of crime victims. During his tenure, the first federal Office for Victims of Crime was established; the first federal support for local victim assistance programs was provided using criminal fines and penalties; and for the first time, victim/witness coordinators served crime victims in every U.S. Attorney's Office. As a key advisor to President Reagan, he served as Chairman of the Domestic Policy Council and the National Drug Policy Board and as a member of the National Security Council. During the 1970's, Mr. Meese was Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management and Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. Currently, Mr. Meese serves as the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy as well as the Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Meese is married, has two grown children and resides in northern Virginia.