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Douglas W. Kmiec (born September 24, 1951) was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta on September 2, 2009. An American legal scholar and author, he has written widely on constitutional law; jurisprudence; and the importance of inter-faith understanding to successful diplomacy. When nominated by President Obama in 2009, he held the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Ambassador Kmiec received his undergraduate degree with honors from Northwestern University in 1973 and his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1976. He was a member of the school's law review and was awarded the Legion Lex Commencement Prize for Legal Writing.
Ambassador Kmiec served on the faculty at University of Notre Dame Law School from 1980 to 1999, with several leaves to serve in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). Having served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in OLC from 1985-88, he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate in 1988 as head of OLC. He returned to Notre Dame in 1989, where he directed the Thomas White Center on Law & Government and founded the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. Ambassador Kmiec then served as the Dean and St. Thomas More Professor of the law school at the Catholic University of America until he assumed the endowed chair at Pepperdine, 2003-2009.
A White House Fellow and a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar on the Constitution in Asia, Ambassador Kmiec's published works include The Attorney General's Lawyer (1992), Can a Catholic Support Him? (2008), three books on the American Constitution, a two-volume legal treatise, related books, and hundreds of published articles and essays. As head of OLC, he authored the opinion underlying the extension of the U.S. territorial sea from 3 to 12 miles and an opinion that brought AIDS victims within the protection of federal laws. His comparative analysis of EU-U.S. market integration was the subject of a recent seminar for members of the ECJ and U.S. Supreme Court in Brussels.