Visiting Professor of Political Science
History & Politics
JD, University of Pittsburgh, Law, 1983
MA, University of Louisville, Political Science, 2016
MA, Duquesne University, History, 1980
Diploma, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2003
BA, Covenant College, History and English, 1977
My professional interests lie in two main academic fields, and particularly at their intersection. As a political scientist, I am an “Americanist.” That is, I study American political behavior, organizational structures, norms, government, and thinking. I have also been a practicing attorney for 35 years with a federal, civilian, and military practice. Accordingly, I am interested in how the law is shaped but also how the law shapes government and society. These interests were reflected in my political science thesis, which studied historically and measured quantitatively how public and elite opinion led to particular legal and policy outcomes, such as legislation, regulations, or executive orders. My specific interest was in tracing how opinion in various jurisdictions led to the legal protection or legal vulnerability for medical conscientious objectors who refuse to participate in life terminating practices.
I teach and I practice law. In my law practice I increasingly do pro bono work for the local public defender’s office, defending probation revocation cases for clients who cannot afford an attorney, and for the local legal aid office, representing indigent clients in expungement cases to assist them in getting a job, or getting a better job. I teach National Security Law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and business law and ethics at the Hebei University of Economics and Business, Shijiazhuang, China, for Concordia University – Chicago.
Retired as a lieutenant colonel, JAG Corps, USAR in 2010, and from the federal civil service, 2014. I enjoy hunting and camping, collecting and shooting World War II battle rifles, listening to Baroque music, and sometimes raising cattle. Member of VFW local 11404, Brandenburg, KY. My wife, Cheryl (nee Van Stelle, class of 1977) is a retired teacher. We worship at Grace Church – Elizabethtown, a PCA congregation where I am a ruling elder. Cheryl and I have three adult children.
- Member of the Kentucky and Pennsylvania Bars.
- Member of the Hardin County Bar Association.
- Chair, Meade County, KY Ethics Commission
- Member of the Kentucky Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and certified by the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts as a general civil mediator and as a domestic relations mediator.
Selected Presentations and Publications
“The Use of Drones as an Instrument of National Security Policy: A Legal Analysis”, January/February, 2017 Kentucky Bench and Bar Journal.
“Predictive Outcome Hearings as an ADR Tool for the Courts”, Presentation before the Hardin County, KY judges and bar, May, 2016
“Pro Bono Opportunities for Meade County Attorneys”, Brandenburg, KY, Meade County Bar Association, October, 2015
“Mediation as an alternative to litigation in American courts” in Minsk, Belarus for local attorneys, March, 2015.
“Mediation attitudes and techniques to resolve church disputes” in Vilnius, Lithuania for church leaders, March, 2015.
“Cost realism and price realism in evaluating federal contract proposals” at the Bluegrass Chapter, National Contract Management Association, January, 2015.