Alberto R. Gonzales
Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law
B.A., Rice University; J.D., Harvard Law School
After attending the United States Air Force Academy, Alberto Gonzales graduated from Rice University (B.A.) and Harvard Law School. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 80th Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 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 positions as 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. Currently, he is Counsel to the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden. At Belmont, he teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, National Security Law and Separation of Powers.
An endowed “distinguished” chair is a permanent tribute to the person whose name it bears and a prestigious honor to the professor who occupies it. Belmont University’s Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law is named in honor of an attorney whose career reflects accomplishments to which all lawyers aspire. A graduate of the University of Florida and its Levin College of Law, Doyle Rogers is the senior shareholder in the prominent law firm of Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay, P.A., one of the oldest firms in Palm Beach, Florida. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar and American Bar Association and formerly a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He has practiced successfully as a lawyer in South Florida for over 50 years and has established himself as an expert in the areas of real estate transactions, estate planning, probate, estate administration and business/corporate law.
Alberto R. Gonzales & Amy Moore, No Right At All: Putting Consular Notification in its Rightful Place after Medellin, 66 U. FLA. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2014).
Alberto R. Gonzales & Donald B. Stuart, One Year 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 __ (forthcoming 2014)
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. __ (forthcoming 2014)
AMERICA’S JOURNEY: AN IMMIGRATION POLICY BLUEPRINT, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY PRESS (forthcoming 2014).
Drones: The Power to Kill, 82 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 1 (2013).
An Immigration Crisis in a Nation of Immigrants: Why Amending the Fourteenth Amendment Won’t Solve Our Problems, IMMIGR. & NAT’LITY L. REV. (forthcoming 2014) reprinted from 96 MINN. L. REV. 1859 (2012).
What Implications will the Supreme Court’s Taxing Power Decision Have on the Goals of the Affordable Care Act and Health Care?, 6 J. HEALTH & LIFE SCI. L. 189 (2013).
An Immigration Crisis in a Nation of Immigrants: Why Amending the Fourteenth Amendment Won’t Solve Our Problems, in ARIZONA FIRESTORM: GLOBAL IMMIGRATION REALITIES, NATIONAL MEDIA & PROVINCIAL POLITICS (Otto Santa Ana & Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante eds., 2012).
Waging War Within the Constitution, 42 TEX. TECH. L. REV. 843 (2009-2010).
Address at the 2008 National Conference of Law Reviews, Unexpected Plans, 21 ST. THOMAS L. REV. 13 (2008).