John Bessler

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John Bessler
John Bessler at Pre-White House Correspondents' Dinner Reception Pre-Party (cropped).jpg
Born October 23, 1967 (1967-10-23) (age 49)
Nationality American
Education University of Minnesota (B.A.)
Indiana University School of Law (J.D.)
Occupation Professor of Law at University of Baltimore School of Law; Attorney
Spouse(s) Amy Klobuchar
Children Abigail Klobuchar Bessler
Website University of Baltimore Law Biography

John D. Bessler (born October 23, 1967) is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the spouse of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.


Bessler attended Mankato Loyola High School and received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, M.F.A. from Hamline University and his M.St. from Oxford University. Bessler studied international human rights law at Oxford University and wrote articles for the Indiana Law Journal and the Arkansas Law Review.

Legal career[edit]

Bessler previously taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and The George Washington University Law School, where he specialized in death penalty issues. In addition, Bessler clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Mason of the District of Minnesota and practiced law as a partner at Kelly & Berens, P.A.


He is a leading authority on capital punishment, having written five books and various book chapters and articles on the subject. Two of Bessler's books, Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America and Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota, were Minnesota Book Award finalists. He also authored Writing for Life: The Craft of Writing for Everyday Life. His most recent book is The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution (Carolina Academic Press, 2014).


  • Gale Reference Team (December 16, 2007). Biography - Bessler, John D. Thomson Gale. 

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