Prof. Michael W. Lewis

Ella A. and Ernest H. Fisher Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law

Professor Lewis joined the Ohio Northern faculty in August, 2006.  Lewis flew F-14's for the United States Navy in Operation Desert Shield, conducted strike planning for Desert Storm and was deployed to the Persian Gulf to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq.  He was a Topgun graduate in 1992 and was featured in a NOVA documentary on Topgun and aircraft carriers.

After his naval service, Lewis graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, and served as a litigation associate with McGuireWoods, LLP, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Professor Lewis has published more than a dozen articles and essays on various aspects of the law of war and the conflict between the US and al Qaeda.  His work has been cited by the Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.  He has testified before Congress on the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and on the civil liberties tradeoffs associated with trying some Al Qaeda members or terrorist suspects before military commissions.  His op-eds have appeared in numerous media outlets including the LA Times and the New York Post and he has appeared on Public Radio International to discuss the increasing use of armed drones in warfare.  He has delivered scores of presentations and panel presentations before military and law school audiences alike including presentations to the international Military Operations Law conference in Queensland, Australia, the US Army's JAG School in Charlottesville, VA and law school events at Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, Penn, Duke, Texas and Northwestern among others.

Professor Lewis received the Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching for the 2007-08 academic year.

He currently teaches Commercial Law, International Law, a Law of War Seminar and Torts. He has also taught Corporate Finance and Accounting for Lawyers. His other teaching interests include Civil Procedure and Contracts.

In Memoriam Michael W. Lewis

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., John Hopkins University

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Publications and Multimedia
Who Defines International Law? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Point of Attack: Preventative War, International Law, and Global Welfare - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
May 23, 2014
Targeting US Citizens with Drones, Is Anywhere Safe? - Event Audio
Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter
May 10, 2012
Examination of the Legal Rationale for Targeting U.S. Citizens - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
April 24, 2012
The Use of Drones and Targeted Killing in Counterterrorism
Engage Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011
June 03, 2011
Predator Drones and Targeted Killings - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
January 27, 2011
The Use of Drones and Targeted Killing in Counterterrorism
New Federal Initiatives Project
December 13, 2010