Hon. Ronald A. Cass

Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law and President, Cass & Associates, PC

Honorable Ronald A. Cass is President of Cass & Associates, PC, a legal consultancy in Great Falls, VA, specializing in international trade, intellectual property, anti-trust law, administrative law and regulation. He also serves as an international arbitrator in NAFTA, ICSID, UNCITRAL and AAA cases. He served Presidents Reagan and Bush as Vice Chairman and Commissioner of the US International Trade Commission, and is Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law, where he served as Dean from 1990-2004 and Melville Madison Bigelow Professor of Law from 1995-2004.

Dean Cass is the author of more than 100 scholarly books and articles, including The Rule of Law in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), International Trade Law (with Michael Knoll, Ashgate Publishing Co., 2003), and Administrative Law (with Colin S. Diver and Jack M. Beermann, 5th ed., Aspen Law & Business, 2006). His commentaries appear in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Boston Globe, Forbes, RealClearPolitics, and many other media outlets. Dean Cass has taught at the University of Virginia, Boston University, Université Lyon III and Université d'Aix-Marseille III in France, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, and lectures around the world on international trade, anti-trust, property rights, and other Rule of Law issues. He has served as Rapporteur to a US-EU Task Force on Intellectual Property Rights and is a senior fellow at the International Centre for Economic Research in Torino, Italy.

In addition, Dean Cass is a former Chairman of the Federalist Society Practice Group on International Law and National Security as well as its Administrative Law group. He serves as Policy and Government Affairs Officer of the American Bar Association's International Law Section, and is a past Chairman of the Association's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and former Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He is a member of many organizations, including the American Law Institute, American Bar Foundation, the Mont Pelerin Society, and the London Court of International Arbitration North America Group. He serves on the boards of several non-profit enterprises as well as academic editorial boards.

Dean Cass received his B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1970, and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his J.D. with honors in 1973.

  • J.D. (with honors), University of Chicago Law School, 1973
  • B.A. (high distinction), University of Virginia, 1970

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Publications and Multimedia
Who Wins at Administrative Hopscotch? - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
Power Failures: Prosecution, Power, and Problems
Engage Volume 16, Issue 3
December 17, 2015
International Trade: New Initiatives
Engage Volume 16, Issue 2
September 11, 2015
Amtrak and the Resurgence of the Non-Delegation Doctrine? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
December 05, 2014
Defining Regulatory Crimes - Event Audio/Video
Criminal Law and the Administrative State: Defining and Enforcing Regulatory Crimes
June 11, 2014
Antitrust and High-tech: Regulatory Risks for Innovation and Competition
Engage Volume 14, Issue 1 February 2013
June 28, 2013
Is Government a Friend or Foe of Innovation? - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 13, 2013
Laws of Creation: An Examination of Intellectual Property Rights - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group
January 31, 2013
Internet Search, Antitrust and Speech - Event Audio/Video
The Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group, the Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group, and the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter
January 09, 2013
The Administrative State After the Health Care Cases - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation? - Event Audio/Video
Corporations, Securities, and Antitrust Practice Group
March 14, 2012
The Google Review: Regulation of Search Results and More - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group
September 19, 2011
The President's Authority in Libya - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
April 07, 2011
The Future of Regulatory Review - Event Audio/Video
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group
March 21, 2011
Regulatory Authority in the EPA - Event Audio/Video
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group
June 15, 2010
Reprivatizing Credit Risk: Where Do We Go From Here? - Event Audio/Video
The Financial Services Bailout
March 19, 2009
The 25th Anniversary of Chevron - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
Dictating Norms: Who Decides What's Right for the World? - Event Audio
The Inauguration of Global Governance Watch
April 14, 2008
Is America Different from Other Major Western Democracies? - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyer Convention
November 16, 2007
Are American Businesses a Threat to American Sovereignty? - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law and Corporations Practice Groups
April 11, 2007
Agency Preemption: Speak Softly, But Carry A Big Stick? - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2006
Michael Chertoff Address - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
The ABA and the Presidential Signing Statement Controversy
Engage Volume 7, Issue 2, October 2006
October 01, 2006
Domestic Regulation and International Trade: Where's the Race?
International & National Security Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000