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Jul 2008Dec 2012

Doy & Dee Henley Chair & Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence

Chapman University

Details:Professor of Constitutional Law & Legal Ethics.

Responsibilities:Teach and write books and articles in the area of Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, International Human Rights Law.

Jun 2009Dec 2012


California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)

Details: One of 5 Commissioners who approve rules governing the campaign financing and elections, impose fines, approve or disapprove of proposed legislative changes, adjudicate cases, etc. The FPPC is a state agency that is analogous to the Federal Election Commission on the federal level. My term ends in 2013.


Aug 1967May 1970


Harvard University School of Law
Aug 1963May 1967


Harvard University



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About Ronald Rotunda

Ronald Rotunda brings nearly four decades of teaching experience to his position at Chapman University, where he serves as Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence. In addition to his professorial duties, Mr. Rotunda frequently provides pro bono legal assistance to individuals who have been the subject of wrongful conviction. Ronald Rotunda holds an AB in Government and a Juris Doctor from Harvard University (both magna cum laude). Specializing in legal ethics and constitutional law, Ronald Rotunda has authored some of the most frequently referenced books on these topics in the United States, including Problems and Materials on Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law, and Modern Constitutional Law: Cases and Notes. Mr. Rotunda has also written over 300 essays appearing in publications such as the National Law Journal, the Professional Lawyer, the Legal Times, the Journal of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, the Washington Times, and the New York Post, Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and others. His works have been published in Japanese, Korean, German, Czech, Russian, Romanian, and French, as well as English. Legal decisions in the United States as well as abroad frequently cite his writings. Since embarking on his career in the 1970s, Ronald Rotunda has earned various scholarly awards, such as the 1984 National Institute for Dispute Resolution Award, the 1984 David C. Baum Memorial Research Award, the 1989 Ross and Helen Workman Research Award, and the 2012 Chapman University Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Work Award. Concurrent with his responsibilities at Chapman University, Mr. Rotunda serves as an appointed Commissioner with the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He has held a number of other important appointments in the past, including Special Counsel to the Department of Defense and Chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Model Rules Review. He has also provided legal consultancy services to the Supreme Constitutional Court of Moldova, the Supreme National Council of Cambodia, and the Judiciary of the Czech Republic.

The U.S. Constitutional Law Model

Ronald Rotunda is one of the most influential and widely cited scholars of constitutional law in the world. Books and articles by Ronald Rotunda have been translated into many languages, reflecting the sweeping influence of the American constitutional model on countries all over the world. In fact, by 1987, as many as 160 out of 170 foreign constitutions were based at least in part on the U.S. Constitution. American constitutional law is about interpreting and implementing the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, which sets forth the structure of the government and the rights and responsibilities that exist between the citizens, the states, and the federal government’s three branches. The main body of the constitution establishes the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government and enumerates their powers, while the amendments primarily deal with the rights of the people. A fundamental part of American constitutional law is the idea of judicial review, which gives the Supreme Court power to invalidate unconstitutional acts by the other government branches.


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