The Federalist Society

Prof. William G. Otis

Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Bill Otis is a graduate of Stanford Law School.  He started his career in the Criminal Division of the Justice Deptartment, then was hired as Chief of the Appellate Division for the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he argued over 100 cases in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

At various points in his career, Mr. Otis has been an adjunct professor of law at George Mason Law School, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Energy, and Special White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush.  Most recently he was the Counselor to the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  He has testified before Congress on drug sentencing, the operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and the death penalty.  He has also been interviewed on various network programs, including 60 Minutes, ABC News, MSNBC,  the O'Reilly Factor and others.


Education

  • B.A., University of North Carolina
  • J.D., Stanford

Publications

Smarter Sentencing Act - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
March 24, 2014
Is Eric Holder Right About Mandatory Minimums? - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
September 3, 2013
Evans v. Michigan - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 4-5-13 featuring William Otis
April 5, 2013
Is American Justice Blind, Or Blind To A "Prosecutocracy"? - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
April 4, 2013
Dorsey v. United States and Hill v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-26-12 featuring William Otis
April 26, 2012
Death Penalty Debate - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
September 28, 2011
The Slow, Sad Swoon of the Sentencing Suggestions
Engage Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011
June 3, 2011
Honest Services Cases (Skilling, Black & Weyrauch) - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group
June 28, 2010
Black v. United States & Weyhrauch v. United States Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 01-20-2009 Featuring William Otis
January 20, 2010
SCOTUScast 12-4-08 featuring William Otis
Oregon v. Ice
December 4, 2008
SCOTUScast 6-26-08 featuring William Otis
Kennedy v. Louisiana
June 26, 2008
SCOTUScast 4-21-08 featuring William Otis
Kennedy v. Louisiana
April 21, 2008
SCOTUScast 3-28-08 featuring William Otis
United States v. Ressam
March 28, 2008
SCOTUScast 6-28-07 featuring William Otis
Panetti v. Quaterman
June 29, 2007
The Future of Miranda and the Exclusionary Rule
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 1, 2000

Debates

Death Penalty
June 19, 2008

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