Professor Donald Earl Childress III, who will publish a forthcoming article on Comity as Conflicts: Resituating Comity as Conflict of Laws, recently presented the article before the bi-annual meeting of the Journal for Private International Law co-sponsored by the journal and the New York University School of Law.
Prior to joining the law faculty in 2008, Childress was associated with Jones Day in Washington, D.C. as a member of their Issues and Appeals practice, where he focused on Supreme Court litigation, general appellate litigation,and significant motions practice in trial litigation. 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 various state courts. He has significant private practice experience in complex civil procedure, conflicts of law, constitutional law, immigration law, international dispute resolution, federal Indian law, and national security law, including cases related to the war on terror. He maintains a very active pro bono practice. During his time in Washington, D.C., Childress taught a Supreme Court Litigation Course at the Georgetown University Law Center and served as a justice in the Georgetown University Law Center Supreme Court Institute. Childress is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.
Childress clerked for the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While at Duke Law School, he served as editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal. While at Oxford Brookes University, he served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in the United Kingdom, where his research focused, in part, on European constitutionalism and European Union law.
Childress's primary research interests are international civil litigation, comparative law, and ethics. In particular, he is working extensively on the role that international civil litigation plays in an increasingly global world.
He teaches International Litigation and Ethical Lawyering.