Faculty Profiles

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto R. Gonzales

Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., Rice University; J.D., Harvard Law School


After attending the United States Air Force Academy, Alberto R. Gonzales received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 80th Attorney General of the United States in February 2005 and served in that capacity until September 2007. He has worked as a partner at a major Houston law firm (Vinson & Elkins) and held government positions as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Secretary of State, General Counsel to the Governor of Texas and Counsel to the President of the United States. Judge Gonzales has also served as a Visiting Professor and minority/veteran recruitment consultant at Texas Tech University.

Presently Judge Gonzales is a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions and he serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  Previously he was also an appointee of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments and the Governor’s Management Fellows Executive Committee.

For his many accomplishments and years of public service, Judge Gonzales has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University and received the Harvard Law School Association Award, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. His work in the Hispanic community and his achievements as a role model have also earned him recognition as Hispanic American of the Year by HISPANIC Magazine and one of The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America by TIME Magazine.

Judge Gonzales became Dean of the law school in 2014 and presently holds the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law. An endowed “distinguished” chair is a permanent tribute to the person whose name it bears. Belmont University’s Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law is named in honor of Doyle Rogers, an attorney whose career reflects accomplishments to which all lawyers aspire. A graduate of the University of Florida and its Levin College of Law, Mr. Rogers was the senior shareholder in the prominent law firm of Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay, P.A., in Palm Beach, Florida. He was a member of the Palm Beach County Bar and American Bar Association. Mr. Rogers practiced successfully as a lawyer in South Florida for over 50 years and passed away in January 2016.

Constitutional Law
First Amendment
National Security Law
Separation of Powers


Alberto R. Gonzales & Donald Q. Cochran, Police Worn Body Cameras: An Antidote To The “Ferguson Effect”?, MISSOURI L. REV. (forthcoming Spring 2017).

Alberto R. Gonzales & Leigh Griffith, Challenges of Multi-State Series and Framework for Judicial Analysis, Vol. 42 IOWA J. CORP. L. Issue 3 (forthcoming Spring 2017).

Alberto R. Gonzales, Series LLCs Part 1—Current Status, Multi-State Issues and Potential Uniform Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act (October 2016). TAXES - THE TAX MAGAZINE, 57-70, 2016. | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, True Faith and Allegiance, NELSON BOOKS (Fall 2016).

Alberto R. Gonzales & Patrick Glen, Advancing Executive Branch Immigration Policy Through the Attorney General’s Review Authority, Vol 101 IOWA L. REV. No. 3 (March 2016). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, Advising the President:  The Growing Scope of Executive Power to Protect America, 38 HARVARD J. LAW & PUB. POLICY, No. 2 (Spring 2015). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales & David N. Strange, A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY PRESS (2014).

Alberto R. Gonzales & Donald B. Stuart, Two Years Later and Counting: The Implications of the Supreme Court’s Taxing Power Decision on the Goals of the Affordable Care Act, 17 J. HEALTH CARE L. & POL’Y No. 2 (2014). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales & Amy Moore, No Right At All: Putting Consular Notification in its Rightful Place after Medellin, 66 U. FLA. L. REV. Number 2 (2014). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, In Search of Justice: An Examination of the Appointment of John G. Roberts and Samuel A. Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court and Their Impact on American Jurisprudence, 22 WM. & MARY BILL RTS. J. Issue 2 (2014). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, The Growing Regulatory State of Banking, The Tennessee Banker; Oct. 2013: 27-29. | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, Drones: The Power to Kill, 82 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 1 (2013). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales & Donald B. Stuart, What Implications Will the Supreme Court’s Taxing Power Decision Have on the Goals of the Affordable Care Act and HealthCare?, 6 J. HEALTH & LIFE SCI. L. Number 2, 189 (2013). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, An Immigration Crisis in a Nation of Immigrants: Why Amending the Fourteenth Amendment Won’t Solve Our Problems, 33 IMMIGR. & NAT’LITY L. REV. (2014) reprinted from 96 MINN. L. REV. 1859 (2012). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, An Immigration Crisis in a Nation of Immigrants: Why Amending the Fourteenth Amendment Won’t Solve Our Problems, book chapter in ARIZONA FIRESTORM: GLOBAL IMMIGRATION REALITIES, NATIONAL MEDIA & PROVINCIAL POLITICS (Otto Santa Ana & Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante eds., 2012). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales, Waging War Within the Constitution, 42 TEX. TECH. L. REV. Number 4, 843 (2009-2010). | SSRN