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The fifth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture


Douglas W. Kmiec

DOUGLAS W. KMIEC is the Caruso Family Chair and Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. In addition to being an author and syndicated columnist, he has been privileged to serve Democratic and Republican presidents alike. Until recently, upon nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the Senate, he was U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta, where he completed the construction of a $125.5 million embassy compound and upgraded the security and economic ties between the Mediterranean and the U.S. When Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi met the call for political reform with violence threatening civilian populations, Ambassador Kmiec successfully organized a rescue of the staff of U.S. embassy at Tripoli and hundreds of other foreign nationals from Libya with a catamaran.

Ambassador Kmiec served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel (U.S. assistant attorney general) for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, where his opinion writing led to the nondiscriminatory application of federal law to those handicapped by AIDS. Ambassador Kmiec served as dean and St. Thomas More Professor of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and as professor and director of the Center on Law and Government at the University of Notre Dame, where the he taught for close to two decades.

A Fulbright Scholar (Asia), White House Fellow, and honorary degree recipient, Ambassador Kmiec is a graduate of Northwestern University and USC.

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