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 served
as a partner at a major Houston law firm (Vinson & Elkins) and held
positions as Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, Secretary of State
(Texas) and Counsel to the President of the United States (2001-2005).
Judge Gonzales has also served as a Visiting Professor and minority/veteran
recruitment consultant at Texas Tech University. Currently, he is Of Counsel to the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden. At Belmont, he will
teach Constitutional Law.
Among his many professional associations, Judge Gonzales has served as a member of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. 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.
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 57 years and has established himself as an expert in the areas of real estate transactions, estate planning, probate, estate administration and business/corporate law.