Douglas W. Kmiec, Pepperdine's Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, participated in a discussion titled, "The Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Human Life: Is there a common ground on life issues? What is the right response by 'Pro-Life' Citizens?" The panel was hosted by the Catholic University of America at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 28. Watch the video on C-SPAN.
Kmiec spoke in conversation with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former ambassador to the Vatican, moderated the discussion.
One of America's best known scholars and popular commentators on the law, Kmiec holds the endowed chair in constitutional law at Pepperdine. He 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 (1980-1999), on the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame.
As dean at Catholic University, Kmiec 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 up noticeably in the U.S. News ranking. 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 was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Attorney General Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), U.S. Department of Justice (1988-1989). For several years before his presidential appointment (1985-1987), he served together with (now Justice) Samuel A. Alito, Jr. as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in OLC.