Service Details

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM

St. Norbert Catholic Church

300 E. Taft Ave.

Orange, California 92865

We invite you to leave remembrances of Ron on the tribute wall of the linked webpage.


The Federalist Society joins the family, friends, and professional colleagues of Ronald Rotunda in mourning his recent passing.  A widely respected scholar in multiple fields, including professional responsibility and constitutional law, Professor Rotunda will be remembered as a tireless advocate for fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law.  After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and serving as assistant majority counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law.  He later taught at George Mason University School of Law (now Antonin Scalia Law School).  In 2008, he joined the faculty at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where he held the Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence.

Professor Rotunda leaves behind a wealth of scholarship, including a one- and multi-volume treatise on constitutional law, a deskbook on professional responsibility, two casebooks, several other books and more than 500 articles in law journals and other periodicals and collections, with translations into eight foreign languages.  His latest book, John Marshall and the Cases that United the States of America (Beveridge's Abridged Life of John Marshall), was published by Twelve Tables Press just a few weeks ago.  Professor Rotunda also advised foreign governments around the world about constitutional drafting and legal ethics.  In 2012, Chapman University honored him with its Excellence In Scholarly/Creative Work Award.

The Federalist Society expresses deep gratitude for Prof. Rotunda’s longtime support, including many years of service as a lively speaker at Federalist Society programs—where he could often by recognized by his signature bow ties—and his work on the executive committee of our Professional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice Group.  His record of service and scholarship as both academic and practitioner testify to a tenacious commitment to academic freedom and vigorous debate in pursuit of truth.  He will be sorely missed.