College/Year: University of Louisville, summa cum laude
I was part of a team representing the United States before the International Court of Justice in a case brought by Nicaragua. I wrote the argument on the Vandenberg Amendment, on which the United States prevailed. I also represented 4,000 claimants before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague in claims arising out of the Islamic Revolution. In private practice, my biggest case was a $30 million claim (which seemed like a lot more money in the 1980s than it does now) against a defendant represented by David Boies. I have served as an expert witness in international investment arbitrations.
I spent four years in private practice, three at a large Washington, D.C. law firm and one at a San Diego firm. My practice focused on the representation of Native American tribes and general litigation. I spent six years practicing international law at the State Department, including international litigation, international arbitration and treaty negotiations. I have published three books on international investment law and arbitration: “Bilateral Investment Treaties: History, Policy and Interpretation”; “U.S. International Investment Agreements”; and United States Investment Treaties: Policy and Practice” and a fourth book entitled “Thinking Like a Lawyer: An Introduction to Legal Reasoning.”
I am a law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where I served as dean from 1994 to 2005, during which time the law school separated from Western State University, obtained ABA accreditation and converted to a nonprofit educational institution. Currently I teach constitutional law, American legal history and international investment law and arbitration. I also serve as a pro bono consultant on international law to the United Nations and various other international organizations and foreign governments.
In recent years, I have been active as a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. My older daughter and I have participated in two bike rides through Death Valley in which we raised a combined total of $20,000.
I am a native of Kentucky, where I lived until the age of 22. I moved to Massachusetts to attend law school and then to Washington, D.C., where I met my wife, Lidia. When we were ready to start a family, we moved to San Diego. Our older daughter, Jenny, just graduated from SDSU and our younger daughter, Shelly, is a sophomore at Cal State San Marcos. Our two border collies, Striker and Sprite, do not currently attend school.