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legal scholar , professor , Prosecutor , author

Ronald Daniel Rotunda, American law educator, consultant. Bar: New York 1971, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1971, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1971, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1990, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1974, Illinois 1975. Fulbright research scholar, Italy, 1981, Venezuela, 1986.

Background

Rotunda, Ronald Daniel was born on February 14, 1945 in Blue Island, Illinois, United States. Son of Nicholas and Frances (Manna) Rotunda.

Education

Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1967;Juris Doctor magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1970.

Career

Rotunda's area of primary expertise is United States Constitutional law, and is the author of an influential legal treatise on the subject. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In 1963, when Rotunda was 18 years old, he received a scholarship to attend Harvard University. Professor Rotunda later received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Rotunda was formerly Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He was employed there for twenty-five years.

He served as an advisor to Ken Starr during Starr's tenure as special prosecutor during the Clinton Administration. Previously, he had served on the investigative team during the Watergate scandal. Rotunda married Marcia Mainland in February 1969.

She was formerly an attorney in the office of University Counsel during his time at Illinois. In 1966, shortly after his conviction, Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Strangler, was one of Rotunda's students when taught a law course for prisoners. In an article about this experience Rotunda described DeSalvo as charming, helpful and well-groomed, in contrast to every other student at the prison.

The Rotundas were on faculty at George Mason University School of Law until departing in 2008 for Chapman University.

Achievements

  • Bar: New York 1971, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1971, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1971, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1990, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1974, Illinois 1975.

Works

Membership

Fellow American Bar Foundation (life), Illinois Bar Foundation (life). Member American Law Institute.

Connections

Children: Nora, Mark.

father:
Nicholas Rotunda

mother:
Frances (Manna) Rotunda

children:
Nora Rotunda

Mark Rotunda