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Donald Earl Childress III, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)
Phone: (310) 506-4807
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  • LL.M., Duke University, 2004, magna cum laude
  • J.D., Duke University, 2004, magna cum laude
  • M.A., Oxford Brookes University, 1999, with Distinction
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1997

Curriculum Vitae

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Prior to joining the law faculty in 2008, Professor Childress was associated with the international law firm 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 U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Childress has briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. 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. He maintains an active pro bono practice. During his time in Washington, D.C., Professor Childress co-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. Professor Childress is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Publications


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Forthcoming Books


  • Donald E. Childress III, Michael D. Ramsey and Christopher A. Whytock, TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND PRACTICE (Aspen, forthcoming 2014) .
  • Forthcoming Book Chapters


  • Donald E. Childress III, The Concept of Law in Transnational Dispute Resolution, in LEGAL POSITIVISM IN INTERNATIONAL LEGAL THEORY (Mark E. Herlihy ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) .
  • Donald E. Childress III, Jurisdiction, Limits under International Law, in, in EUROPEAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW (Jurgen Basedow, Franco Ferreri, Pedro de Miguel Asensio, & Giesela Ruhl, eds., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015) .
  • Forthcoming Articles


  • Donald E. Childress III, Private International Law's Coming of Age, 13 WASH. U. GLOBAL STUD. L. REV. (forthcoming 2014)
  • Books


  • Donald E. Childress III (ed.), THE ROLE OF ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (Donald Earl Childress III ed., 2011). WorldCat
  • Book Chapters


  • Donald E. Childress III, Introduction, in THE ROLE OF ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (Donald Earl Childress III ed., 2011) . WorldCat
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Role of Ethics in United States Private International Law, in THE ROLE OF ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (Donald Earl Childress III ed., 2011) . WorldCat
  • Articles


  • Donald E. Childress III, Rethinking Legal Globalization: The Case of Transnational Personal Jurisdiction, 54 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1489 (2013) SSRN
  • Donald E. Childress III, Affiliate Jurisdiction, 66 VANDERBILT L.REV. EN BANC 67 (2013)
  • Donald E Childress III, Michael D. Ramsey & Christopher Whytock, Foreword: After Kiobel--International Human Rights Litigation in State Courts and Under State Law, 3 U.C. IRVINE LAW REVIEW 1 (2013) SSRN
  • Donald E. Childress III, Does International Investment Law Need Administrative Law?, 54 HARV. INT'L L.J. ONLINE 115 (2013) SSRN
  • Donald E. Childress III, Private International Law and Transnational Litigation, 61 AM. J. COMP. L. 461 (2013)
  • Donald E. Childress III, Erie's International Effect: A Reply, 108 NORTHWESTERN UNIV. L. REV. COLLOQUY 1 (2013) SSRN
  • Donald E. Childress III, Forum Conveniens: The Search for a Convenient Forum in Transnational Tort Cases, 52 VA. J. INT'L L. 157 (2012) SSRN
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Alien Tort Statute, Federalism, and the Next Wave of Transnational Litigation, 100 GEO. L.J. 709 (2012) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Donald E. Childress III, Redeeming Erie: A Response to Suzanna Sherry, 39 PEPP. L. REV. 155 (2011) (symposium) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Donald E. Childress III, U.S. Court Serves as Winning Jurisdiction for Ukrainians, WALL ST. J., June 14, 2011
  • Donald E. Childress III, Plaintiffs Fight to Sue Toyota in California: Hundreds of Claims Could Turn on Choice of Law, NAT'L L.J., May 30, 2011
  • Donald E. Childress III, When Erie Goes International, 105 NW. U. L. REV. 1531 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Donald E. Childress III, Comity as Conflict: Resituating International Comity as Conflict of Laws, 44 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Donald E. Childress III, Note: Using Comparative Constitutional Law to Resolve Domestic Federal Questions, 53 DUKE L.J. 193 (2003) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Book Reviews


  • Donald E. Childress, International Antitrust Litigation: Conflict of Law and Coordination (Studies in Private International Law)--Editors Jurgen Basedow, Stephaine Francq, & Laurence Idot, 61 Am. J. Comp. L. 461 (2013).
  • Popular Press


  • Donald E. Childress III, Speaker, Transnational Litigation and Private International Law, Journal of Private International Law Biannual Conference, University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain (Sept. 2013).
  • Donald E. Childress III, Speaker, Personal Jurisdiction and Choice of Law After Nicastro, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida (July 2013).
  • Donald E. Childress III, Speaker, Escaping Federal Law, Notre Dame Law School (Feb. 2013).
  • Donald E. Childress III, Quoted in article, "Honda Wins Appeal in Civic Hybrid Mileage Lawsuit", L.A. Times, May 10, 2012.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Quoted in article, "Honda Loses Small Claims Court Suit Over Civic Hybrid Fuel Economy", L.A. Times, Feb. 2, 2012.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Redeeming Erie, Respondent to Professor Suzanna Sherry, Pepperdine Law Review Annual Symposium, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA,, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Alien Tort Statute, Federalism, and th Next Wave of International Law Litigation, Young Scholars Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Conflict of Norms and Ethics in International Law, Journal of Private International Law Bi-Annual Conference, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Commenter, Junior International Law Scholars Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Private International Law in the Context of Globalization, The Chinese Society of Private International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Personal Jurisdiction as Choice of Law, The Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, SC, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Transnational Remedies in Private International Law Cases, Seventh Remedies Discussion Forum, University of Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Vice Chair, American Society of International Law International Legal Theory Interest Group, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Executive Committee, AALS Section on Comparative Law, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Director and Member of Younger Comparatists Committee, American Society of Comparative Law, 2011.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Commenter, Junior International Law Scholars Conference, University of California Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA, 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, 2010 International Congress of Comparative Law, Delegate, Washington, D.C., 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Panelist, West Palm Beach, Fl., 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Duke Law ESQ Business Law Symposium, Panelist, Duke University School of Law, 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Conflict of Norms and Ethics in Private International Law: United States and Canadian Perspectives, The Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL, 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Task of Private International Legal Theory, XVIII International Congress of Comparative Law, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Quoted in article, Court Tightens Rules on Overseas Abuse Cases", WALL ST. J., Sept. 18, 2010.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Role of Ethics in International Law, American Society of International Law, Washington DC, 2009.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Comity as Conflict: Resituating International Comity as Conflict of Laws, invited speaker, Journal of Private International Law Bi-Annual Conference, New York University School of Law, 2009.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Future of Legal Categories, Delegate, International Association of Procedural Law, Osgoode Hall (Toronto, Canada), 2009.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Methodological Approaches to Comparative Law, Delegate, American Society of Comparative Law, Roger Williams University School of Law (Bristol, RI), 2009.
  • Donald E. Childress III, The Role of Ethics in International Law, Conference organizer and Moderator, American Society of International Law, Washington D.C., 2009.
  • Donald E. Childress III, Speaker, The Brave New World of Transnational Litigation, University of Richmond School of Law (Feb. 2013).

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