Dakota S. Rudesill
Assistant Professor of Law; Co-Director, Washington, D.C., Summer Program
Phone: (614) 688-2059
Office: Drinko 204
Professor Dakota S. Rudesill joined the faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2013.
Professor Rudesill is a scholar and practitioner of legislation and national security law and policy. At Moritz, he teaches Legislation and National Security Law & Process. He also co-directs the Washington, D.C., Summer Program and the Legislation Clinic and will teach Cyber Law.
His publications have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard National Security Journal, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, and the Washington University Law Review, among others. Professor Rudesill is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
Particular areas of emphasis in Professor Rudesill’s work are intelligence and secrecy (including secret law), arms control (and especially nuclear weapons), legislation, and the experiential “learning-by-doing” training of professionals. Professor Rudesill leads a coalition pushing for a congressional clerkship program alogous to the judiciary’s law clerk program, and directs The Ohio State National Security Crisis Simulation. This immersive annual exercise places OSU students from law, policy, intelligence, and media programs in their respective roles as they confront a rolling series of crises in real time over two days.
Professor Rudesill has advised senior leaders in all three branches of the federal government. He served the U.S. Congress for nine years, doing national security legislative work for the Senate Budget Committee and Sen. Kent Conrad. In the Executive Branch, as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, Professor Rudesill advised the President-Elect’s nominees for Director of National Intelligence and CIA Director. He served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and represented ODNI on the President’s Detention Policy Task Force at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the Judicial Branch, Professor Rudesill was a law clerk to James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Prior to coming to Ohio State, from 2010 to 2013, Professor Rudesill was Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown Law Center, and directed the Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic. Earlier in his career he was a law firm associate, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and was selected for the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.
Professor Rudesill received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and J.D. from Yale Law School.
Christopher J. Walker
Associate Professor of Law; Co-Director, Washington, D.C., Summer Program
Phone: (614) 247-1898
Office: 469 Drinko Hall
Prior to joining The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2012, Christopher J. Walker clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also worked for several years at a litigation boutique in Washington, D.C., as well as on the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented federal agencies and defended federal regulations in a variety of contexts.
At Moritz, Professor Walker teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Litigation, Legislation, and State and Local Government Law. He also co-directs the Moritz Washington, D.C., Summer Program at which he teaches a course entitled the Ethics of Washington Lawyering.
Professor Walker’s research focuses on administrative law, regulation, and law and policy at the agency level. His publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Administrative Law Review, Fordham Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Southern California Law Review, among others. His empirical study Inside Agency Statutory Interpretation was published in the Stanford Law Review in May 2015. The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) commissioned a follow-up study focusing on federal agencies in the legislative process (final report here; recommendations as adopted by ACUS published at 80 Fed. Reg. 78,161, 78,161-63 (Dec. 16, 2015)).
Outside Moritz, Professor Walker serves as Council Member and Adjudication Committee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Administrative Agency Law Specialty Board. He is also a regular blogger at the Yale Journal on Regulation and the Section Editor for Jotwell’s Administrative Law Section.
Professor Walker received his law degree from Stanford and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. At Stanford, he served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and editor-in-chief of the Stanford Law and Policy Review.