Prof. Robert A. Destro

Professor of Law, The Catholic University Columbus School of Law
Robert Destro

Robert A. Destro is Professor of Law and founding Director of theInterdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He has been a member of the faculty since 1982 and served as Interim Dean from 1999-2001. From 1983 to 1989 Professor Destro served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and led the Commission's discussions in the areas of discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin and religion.

He has served as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General and the Ohio Secretary of State on election law matters from 2004-2006; as General Counsel to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights from 1977 to 1982, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University from 1978-1982. From 1975 to 1977, he was engaged in the private practice of law with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Professor Destro was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his law degree (J.D.) in 1975 from the University of California at Berkeley. His areas of specialization, scholarship and litigation include: freedom of speech and religion in the United States and abroad; bioethics; discrimination on the basis of race, disability, national origin and religion; comparative constitutional law; election law; private international law (conflict of laws); legal ethics, and bioethics. He is co-author, with Michael S. Ariens, of Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2002; 3d edition, forthcoming).
Professor Destro lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Brenda and their two children, Gina and Mark.  
  • J.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1975
  • B.A. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1972

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