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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)
- 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.
- Constitutional Law
- Law and Morality
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Popular PressDouglas W. Kmiec, Speaker, Address on Interfaith Diplomacy and Understanding of Abrahamic Tradition, American Jewish University (Feb. 2013). Douglas W. Kmiec, Participated with the outgoing ambassador of the Holy See to speculate on foreign diplomacy, as well as the election of the new pope, at the California Club in February, University of Southern California Institute for Advanced Catholics Studies (Feb. 2013). Douglas W. Kmiec & Barry P. McDonald, Putting Law over Politics on Supreme Court, POLITICO, July 10, 2012. Douglas W. Kmiec, Secularism Crucified (to be presented as a university-wide lecture at USC, September 13, 2011), 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Successfully completed a $125 million new embassy compound, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Secured the ratification of the double taxation agreement, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Entered into a comprehensive agreement allowing for the better inspection of cargo at the Freeport reducing the risk of the transfer of weapons-grade uranium, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Established a framework for the better detection of human trafficking, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Obtained state-of-the art screening equipment and training to upgrade airport security, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Brought American film actor Martin Sheen to Malta for the first film premier in over three decades as part of an inspired and highly successful fundraiser for the John XXIII Peace Lab, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Innovatively engaged a ferry service to rescue several hundred evacuees, including virtually all of the U.S. embassy personnel in Embassy-Tripoli, as well as citizens of a wide range of third countries: such as Malta, Canada, and Australia, 2011. Douglas W. Kmiec, Speaker, International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, 2010. Douglas W. Kmiec, Campus FM Interview with Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, 2010. Douglas W. Kmiec, Alan C. Bonnici, Stars and Stripes Malta, interviews Ambassador Kmiec, 2010. Douglas W. Kmiec, Interview with the Malta Independent: "Faith as a Necessary Part of International Diplomacy", 2009. Douglas W. Kmiec, Campus FM Interview with Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, 2009. Douglas W. Kmiec, Radio Malta Interview with Ambassador Kmiec, 2009. Douglas W. Kmiec, "Interfaith and the Educational Curriculum," presentation to the American Association of School Administrators, 2009.