Ronald Rotunda

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Ronald D. Rotunda
Born 1945 (age 69–70)
Nationality USA
Occupation Law Professor

Ronald D. Rotunda (born 1945) is a U.S. legal scholar and professor of law at Chapman University School of Law. 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] She was formerly an attorney in the office of University Counsel during his time at Illinois.[citation needed]

In 1966, shortly after his conviction, Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Stranglerm was one of Rotunda's students when taught a law course for prisoners.[2] In an article about this experience Rotunda described DeSalvo as charming, helpful and well-groomed, in contrast to every other student at the prison.

He was married to Kyndra Rotunda (and divorced in 2014), Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law, a Major in the JAG Corps Individual Ready Reserves of the U.S. Army, and author of "Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials."[4][5] She was a prosecutor at the Office of Military Commissions and a legal advisor at Guantanamo.[6] The Rotundas were on faculty at George Mason University School of Law until departing in 2008 for Chapman University.[7]


  1. ^ "Eisenhower senior wins scholarship". Chicago Tribune. 1963-06-02. p. SW3. Retrieved 2012-12-31. Ronald Rotunda, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Rotunda, 2222 Orchard st., Blue Island, has accepted a scholarship to enter Harvard University in the fall 
  2. ^ a b Jim Dey (2015-04-16). "Jim Dey: Former UI law prof 'having too much fun to retire'". The News Gazette. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. It was a recollection of his 1966 experience as a Harvard undergraduate teaching rhetoric to prison inmates. Among them: Albert DeSalvo, the man identified by Massachusetts authorities as the killer of 11 women between 1962 and 1964. 
  3. ^ "Marriage Announcement 8 -- No Title". Chicago Tribune. 1969-02-16. p. S6. Retrieved 2012-12-31. Miss Marcia Mainland, daughter of Mr. and Ms. Charles Mainland, La Porte, Ind., to Ronald Rotunda, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Rotunda... 
  4. ^ "Author Information: Kyndra Rotunda". Carolina Academic Press. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  mirror
  5. ^ "Kyndra Rotunda, Esquire and Author: News and Events". self published. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  mirror
  6. ^ Kyndra Miller Rotunda (2008-06-20). "Supreme Court ruling puts soldiers at great risk". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ Peter Vieth (2008-06-02). "Rotundas to leave GMU for California law school: Pair are latest to join faculty for Chapman". Lawyer's Weekly. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  mirror

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