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Douglas W. Kmiec, J.D.
Professor of Constitutional Law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law
Ambassador of the United States (Ret.)

Office: School of Law (SOL)
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  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1976
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1973, with honors

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An American legal scholar, diplomat, and author, former Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec holds the Caruso Family Chair. He has focused the chair toward constitutional and human rights law. The Ambassador's work has won much acclaim, including prestigious fellowship and honorary degree. Ambassador Kmiec is a popular speaker at commencements and other university wide conclaves.

Ambassador Kmiec came to this position after serving several years as dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and for nearly two decades, on the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame. As dean at Catholic University, Ambassador Kmiec did what many said would be impossible; he greatly increased academic quality and student selectivity at the same time he deepened the school's religious commitment. During his tenure, the law school moved into the top one hundred law schools in the U.S. News ranking from tier three. At Notre Dame, he was director of Notre Dame's Center on Law & Government, and the founder of its Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. Beyond the university setting, Kmiec served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush during 1985-89 as constitutional legal counsel (Assistant and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice). He was nominated for foreign service by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

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Academic Interests
  • Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Morality

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Books


  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser & John C. Eastman, THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, AND STRUCTURE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (LexisNexis, 4th ed. 2014).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser & John C. Eastman, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (LexisNexis, 4th ed. 2014).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser & John C. Eastman, THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER: HISTORY, CASES, AND PHILOSOPHY (LexisNexis, 4th ed. 2014).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec & Katherine Kmiec Turner, ZONING AND PLANNING DESKBOOK (West, 2d ed. 2013) .
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Edward M. Gaffney, Jr., M.D., & J. Patrick Whelan, AMERICA UNDECIDED: WHEN AUDACIOUS HOPE GIVES WAY TO EVEN GREATER FAITH (2012) .
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS (2012). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, John C. Eastman & Raymond B. Marcin, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (LexisNexis, 3d ed. 2009 & 2011 Supp.). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, John C. Eastman & Raymond B. Marcin, THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER (LexisNexis 3d edition 2009 & 2011 Supp.). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser, John C. Eastman & Raymond B. Marcin, THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND STRUCTURE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (LexisNexis, 3d ed. 2009 & 2011 Supp.). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, CAN A CATHOLIC SUPPORT HIM? ASKING THE BIG QUESTION ABOUT BARACK OBAMA (Overlook 2008). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec et al., THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER: HISTORY, CASES, AND PHILOSOPHY (LexisNexis, 2d edition 2004 & 2007 Supp.). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser & John C. Eastman, THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND STRUCTURE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (LexisNexis, 2d edition 2004 & 2007 Supp.). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Stephen B. Presser & John C. Eastman, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (LexisNexis, 2d edition 2004 & 2006 Supp.). WorldCat
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, ZONING AND PLANNING DESKBOOK (West, 2d ed., 2001- 2006 Supp.).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec & Stephen B. Presser, THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND STRUCTURE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (Anderson Pub. Co. 1998).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec & Steven B. Presser, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER: HISTORY, CASES, AND PHILOSOPHY (Anderson Pub. Co. 1998 & 2000-01 Supp.).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec & Stephen B. Presser, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (Anderson Pub. Co. 1998).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, CEASE-FIRE ON THE FAMILY & THE END OF THE CULTURE WAR (Crisis Books 1995).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S LAWYER: INSIDE THE MEESE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT (Praeger 1992).
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, ZONING AND PLANNING DESKBOOK (West 1986).

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