The Fourth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture


Donald Earl Childress III

DONALD EARL CHILDRESS III earned a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA from Oxford Brookes University, and a JD and an LLM from Duke University. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to joining the law faculty in 2008, Childress was associated with Jones Day in Washington, D.C. While in private practice, his appellate representations included preparation of writs of certiorari, merits briefs, and amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court. Childress has briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has briefed matters in numerous other trial and appellate courts in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits, as well as in various state courts. He has significant private practice experience in complex civil procedure, conflict of laws, constitutional law, immigration law, international dispute resolution, federal Indian law, and national security law, including cases related to the war on terror. His most recent publication is a forthcoming book entitled The Role of Ethics in International Law (Cambridge University Press).

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