» Ronald D. Rotunda
Professor, Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Ronald D. Rotunda
Office Location:
Kennedy Hall 406
Phone:
(714) 628-2698
Email:
Website:
http://www1.chapman.edu/~rrotunda/
Education
Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts
Harvard University, Juris Doctor
Biography

Ronald D. Rotunda joined Chapman in 2008. Prior to coming to Chapman, he was a University Professor and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, joining George Mason in 2002. Before that, he was the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law, at the University of Illinois. He was a member of Harvard Law Review. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1974 after clerking for Judge Walter R. Mansfield of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, practicing law in Washington, D.C., and serving as assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee. He has co-authored the most widely used course book on legal ethics, Problems and Materials on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, 11th ed. 2011) and is the author of a leading course book on constitutional law, Modern Constitutional Law (West Publishing Co., 10th ed. 2012). He is the co-author of, Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-West Group, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2012 ed.) (jointly published by the ABA and West Group, a division of Thompson Publishing). Rotunda is also the co-author of the 7-volume Treatise on Constitutional Law (West Publishing Co., 5th ed. 2012), and a one volume Treatise on Constitutional Law (West Publishing Co., 8th ed. 2009). He has written several other books and more than 350 articles in various law reviews, journals, newspapers, and books in this country and in Europe. His works have been translated into French, German, Romanian, Czech, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. These books and articles have been cited more than 1,000 times by state and federal courts at every level, from trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been interviewed on radio and television on legal issues, both in this country and abroad. In 1993 he was the Constitutional Law Adviser to the Supreme National Council of Cambodia and assisted that country in writing its first democratic constitution. He was also selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Southern California, in 2009, 2010, 2011, etc., in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. On June 17, 2009, he became a Commissioner of the Fair Political Practices Commission, a state regulatory agency and California’s independent political watchdog. He will serve until January 31, 2013. Additional information at http://www1.chapman.edu/%7errotunda/. In 2012, he became a Distinguished International Research Fellow at the World Engagement Institute, a non-profit, multidisciplinary and academically-based non-governmental organization that facilitates professional global engagement for international development and poverty reduction. In 2012, Chapman University honored him with The Chapman University Excellence In Scholarly/Creative Work Award, 2011-2012. In 2012, his book, Introduction to American Legal Ethics [English translation of the title of this book, which is published in Japanese (translated by Naoyuki Toyama)] (Thomson Reuters, Japan UNI Agency, Inc. Tokyo, 2012).

Courses Taught:

Constitutional Law I and II
Professional Responsibility
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
2013 SUPPLEMENT TO MODERN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2012).
2013 SELECTED STANDARDS ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y. 2013) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
LEGAL ETHICS IN A NUTSHELL (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 4th ed. 2013, Nutshell Series).
TREATISE ON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: SUBSTANCE AND PROCEDURE (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 5th ed. 2013) (last three volumes of six-volume treatise) (with John E. Nowak)(first 3 volumes published in 2012).
LEGAL ETHICS: THE LAWYER’S DESKBOOK ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 11th ed. 2013) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and Thomson/West) (co-author,John S. Dzienkowski).
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A STUDENT’S GUIDE (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 11th ed. 2013) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and Thomson/West) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
Exporting American Freedoms, in MODEL, RESOURCE, OR OUTLIER? WHAT EFFECT HAS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION HAD ON THE RECENTLY ADOPTED CONSTITUTIONS OF OTHER NATIONS?, at 12 (Heritage Foundation, May 17, 2013),
‘What did he know, and when did he know it?’, WASHINGTON TIMES, June 5, 2013
Egypt's Constitutional Do-Over: This Time Around, Take a Closer Look at America's Bill of Rights, WALL STREET JOURNAL, JULY 17, 2013, at p. A13
On the Health-Care Mandate, Obama Reaches Beyond the Law, WASHINGTON POST, July 18, 2013
The Boston Strangler, the Classroom and Me, WALL STREET JOURNAL, JULY 26, 2013,
Geithner’s “Story of Inflation,” ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Jan. 5, 2013
Blaming Hollywood for Gun Violence Doesn’t Work, WASHINGTON TIMES, Feb. 20, 2013
[Introduction to American Legal Ethics [Book published in Japanese]] (translated by Naoyuki Toyama) (Thomson Reuters, Japan UNI Agency, Inc. Tokyo, 2012). [The Chapman program does not allow me to use the Japanese characters, so I have translated the title into English]
LEGAL ETHICS: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 10th ed. 2012) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and West, a division of Thomson Publishing) (with John S. Dzienkowski)
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A STUDENT’S GUIDE (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 10th ed. 2012) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
TREATISE ON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: SUBSTANCE AND PROCEDURE (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 5th ed. 2012) (first three volumes of treatise projected to be six or seven volumes) (with John E. Nowak).
PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: CONCISE EDITION (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y., 11th ed. 2012) (with Thomas D. Morgan & John S. Dzienkowski).
Modern Constitutional Law: Cases and Notes (West Thomson Reuters, St. Paul, Minnesota, 10th ed. 2012).
2012 Supplement to MODERN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2012).
SELECTED STANDARDS ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y. 2012) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
Lawyers: Why We Are Different and Why We Are the Same: Creating Structural Incentives in Large Law Firms to Promote Ethical Behavior – In-House Ethics Counsel, Bill Padding, and In-House Ethics Training, reprinted in, 61 DEFENSE LAW JOURNAL ( 2012).
Lessons of Watergate, 54 Orange County Lawyer 19 (April 2012).
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and the Obamacare Constitutional Challenge, Judicial Watch Special Report, March 2012.
LEGAL ETHICS IN A NUTSHELL (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 4th ed. 2012).
ObamaCare Legal Battles Not Over, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Sept. 27, 2012, at p. 9
Obama Tax-raising Against JFK precedent: Hiking Rates Will Lose Money, WASHINGTON TIMES, Dec. 13, 2012
Kagan Should Recuse from ObamaCare Case, Washington Examiner, Feb. 14, 2012 [opinion column], http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2012/02/kagan-should-recuse-obamacare-case/269386
Evidence Mounts against Justice Kagan for Recusal in ObamaCare Suit, Fox News (Jan. 26, 2012)[opinion column], http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/26/evidence-mounts-against-justice-kagan-for-recusal-in-obamacare-suit/
Prosecutorial & Judicial Misconduct, THE JERUSALEM POST, May 13, 2012(with Alan Dershowitz)[opinion column]
The Wrong Legal "Help" for NY's Poor, NEW YORK POST, June 1, 2012 [opinion column]
Obamacare vs. Conscientious Beliefs, Orange County Register, March 28, 2012, http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/government-346533-religious-federal.html
Prosecutorial and Judicial Misconduct, National Law Journal, p. 42 (April 30, 2012)(with Prof. Alan Dershowitz)[opinion column].
2011 Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y. 2011) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
Problems and Materials on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y., 11th ed. 2011) (with Thomas D. Morgan & John S. Dzienkowski).
Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 9th ed. 2011) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and West, a division of Thomson Publishing) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
Professional Responsibility: A Student’s Guide (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 9th ed. 2011) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
2011 Pocket Part to Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2011) (with John E. Nowak).
Transparenta Judiciara, Etica Judiciara si o Solutie Judiciara, REVISTA FORUMUL JUDECATORILOR 16 (No. 2, 2011).
The Intellectual Forebears of Citizens United, 16 NEXUS 113 ((2010-2011).
Lawyers: Why We Are Different and Why We Are the Same: Creating Structural Incentives in Large Law Firms to Promote Ethical Behavior – In-House Ethics Counsel, Bill Padding, and In-House Ethics Training, 44 AKRON LAW REV. 679 (2011)(Miller-Becker Professional Responsibility Distinguished Lecture Series).
Constitutionalizing Judicial Ethics: Judicial Elections after Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, Caperton, and Citizens United, 64 U. Arkansas Law Review 1 (2011)( Hartman-Hotz Distinguished Lecture).
Trying to Codify Caperton, 42 McGeorge Law Review 95 (2010)(Judicial Ethics Symposium).
Stern v. Marshall, and the Power of Bankruptcy Courts to Issue Final Orders on All Compulsory Counterclaims, 23 BNA Bankruptcy Law Reporter 230 (Feb. 24, 2011).
Resolving Client Conflicts by Hiring “Conflicts Counsel,” 62 Hastings Law Journal 677 (2011).
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (West: A Thomson-Reuters Co., St. Paul, Minnesota, 9th ed. 2011, Black Letter Series).
Are Capitalists Happier?, REUTERS, Aug. 12, 2011, http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/08/12/are-capitalists-happier/ (co-authored with Vernon Smith, 2002 Nobel Laureate in Economics, & Bart Wilson), reprinted in, e.g., THE DAILY STAR (Dhaka, Bangladesh), Aug. 15, 2011; ETHIOPIAN REVIEW, Aug. 12, 2011.
We Do Declare: Libya and the United States Constitution, National Review Online, March 24, 2011, http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/262940/we-do-declare-kathryn-jean-lopez?page=7
Equal Employment Opportunities for Female Prison Guards, National Law Journal, Feb. 7, 2011, http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202480379005&rss=nlj&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1
Eat Your Spinach, Says Nanny State, 33 National Law Journal 39 (#19, Jan. 10, 2011), http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202477337422&Each_your_spinach_says_nanny_state.
Kagan’s Recusal from ObamaCare, Washington Times, Dec. 15, 2011
Perry Is Right on Immigration, National Review Online [opinion column], http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/281735/perry-right-immigration-ronald-d-rotunda (Oct. 31, 2011).
Does ObamaCare, As Written, Prevent Congress From Repealing It?, Fox News [opinion column] (Oct. 28, 2011, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/10/27/does-obamacare-prevent-congress-from-repealing-it/
2010 Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y. 2010) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
Constitutional Law (West Group, St. Paul, Minnesota, 8th ed., 2010) (a one volume treatise on Constitutional Law) (with John E. Nowak).
Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 8th ed. 2010) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and West, a division of Thomson Publishing) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
Professional Responsibility: A Student’s Guide (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 8th ed. 2010) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
Principles of Constitutional Law (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 4th ed. 2010) (with John E. Nowak).
2010 Supplement to Modern Constitutional Law (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2010).
2010 Pocket Part to Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2010) (with John E. Nowak).
Judicial Disqualification When a Solicitor General Moves to the Bench, 11 Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society’s Practice Groups 94 (Issue 3, Nov. 2010), http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/pubid.2067/pub_detail.asp .
Judicial Transparency, Judicial Ethics, and a Judicial Solution: An Inspector General for the Courts, 41 Loyola U. Chicago Law Journal. 301 (2010).
Judicial Disqualification in the Aftermath of Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., 60 Syracuse Law Review 247 (2010).
Campaign Disclosure Can Go too Far, Sacramento Bee, February 6, 2010, at p. 11A.
The Efforts to Disbar Bush Lawyers, in National Review On Line, March 4, 2010, http://bench.nationalreview.com/post/?
Repealing the First Amendment, Washington Examiner, April 14, 2010, http://washingtonexaminer.com/node/98546
What Can Congress Make You Do?, Orange County Register, May 23, 2010, at p. C2, http://www.ocregister.com/articles/congress-75386-ocprint-buy-insurance.html
Birthright Citizenship Benefits the Country, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 16, 2010, at p. 21, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-0916-birthright-20100916,0,4594378.story
What Are D.C. Police Doing Enforcing Shariah Law?, Pajamas Media, Sept. 16, 2010, http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/what-are-d-c-police-doing-enforcing-sharia-law/?singlepage=true
A New Look at the Federal Suit against Arizona’s Immigration Law, Pajamas Media, Oct. 5, 2010, http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/a-new-look-at-the-federal-suit-against-arizonas-immigration-law/?singlepage=true
The Point of No Return, Washington Times, Oct. 10, 2010, at p. B3.
Can Congress Ban People from Threatening to Burn The Quran?, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 14, 2010, at p. 21A.
Congressional Silence Hurts Immigrants, The Panther (Chapman University Newspaper), at p. 11 (October 25, 2010).
Justice O'Connor’s Robo Call Apology, Aol News, Oct. 28, 2010, http://www.aolnews.com/discuss/opinion-justice-oconnors-robo-call-apology-isnt-enough/19693741#gcpDiscussPageUrlAnchor
What's Wrong with Oklahoma's Shariah Amendment?, Aol News, Nov. 30, 2010, http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-whats-wrong-with-oklahomas-shariah-amendment/19737155
2009 Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y. 2009) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 7th ed. 2009) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and West, a division of Thomson Publishing) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
Professional Responsibility: A Student’s Guide (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 7th ed. 2009) (with John S. Dzienkowski).
Modern Constitutional Law: Cases and Notes (West Thomson Reuters, St. Paul, Minnesota, 9th ed. 2009).
2009 Supplement to Modern Constitutional Law (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2009).
2009 Pocket Part to Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2009) (with John E. Nowak).
Dormant Commerce Clause, 2 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (ed, David S. Tanenhaus) (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2009)
Kenneth W. Starr: A Biography, The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law 510 (Roger K. Newman, ed., Yale U. Press, 2009).
An Unconstitutional Nobel, The Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2009, at A23 (with J. Peter Pham).
A Modern-Day Bleak House: The Legal Inheritance of Anna Nicole Smith, The American Spectator, March 2009, at 32-36.
Some Strings Attached: Is the Stimulus Law Constitutional?, Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2009, at 29.
The Right of Free Speech, Regardless Of What Is Spoken, The Panther (Chapman University Newspaper), at p. 13 (March 23, 2009).
Was Madoff Good for the Economy?, Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2009, at A9.
The Orange Grove: U.S. Imports of Lawsuits Rising, Orange County Register, June 30, 2009.
2008 Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y. 2008) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
2008 Supplement to Modern Constitutional Law (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2008).
Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 4th ed. 2008) (last four volumes of six volume treatise) (with John E. Nowak).
Problems and Materials on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, New York, N.Y., 10th ed. 2008) (with Thomas D. Morgan).
Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minn., 6th ed. 2008) (a Treatise on legal ethics, jointly published by the ABA and West, a division of Thomson Publishing) (with John S. Dzienkowski ).
Professional Responsibility: A Student’s Guide (ABA-Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 6th ed. 2008) (with John S. Dzienkowski ).
Professional Responsibility (Thomson-West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 8th ed. 2008).
2008 Pocket Part to Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure (Thomson/West, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2008) (with John E. Nowak).
Teaching Professional Responsibility and Ethics, in P. L. Jayanthi Reddy, ed., Bench and Bar Ethics 3 (Amicus Books, Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India 2007-2008).
Foreword, in Paul Benjamin Linton, Abortion under State Constitutions: A State-by-State Analysis (Carolina Academic Press, Durham, N.C., 2008).
Impact, in Sandarshi Gunawardena & Karen Rosenblum, eds., Diversity at Mason (George Mason U. 2008).
Simplify, Simply: A Mantra for Transcendentalists and Tax Reformers Alike, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Oct. 1, 2008, at p. 6.
Rudy Thinks FAST, The American Spectator, January 25, 2008, http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12633
Age Has Not Withered Him, Legal Times (of Washington, D.C.), July 7, 2008, at 46.