Donald J. Guter

President and Dean South Texas College of Law Houston, Rear Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Duquesne University, J.D., 1977
Duquesne University Dean’s Career Achievement Award, March 2001
University of Colorado, B.A., 1970

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Education
  • Military Law
  • National Security Law

dguter@stcl.edu

713-646-1899

Office: 232T

Donald J. Guter is the president and dean of Houston’s oldest law school, South Texas College of Law Houston. Dean Guter is the former dean of Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh where he served from 2005 through 2008. Dean Guter served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years, retiring in 2002 as a Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC). He climbed the ranks of the JAG Corps from trial counsel to legislative counsel, to special counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations, and ultimately became the 37th Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 2000-2002. He has since served as the CEO of the Vinson Hall Corporation and the executive director of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. He currently chairs the American Bar Association’s standing committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel and is an outside director on the Board of TYCO Corporation. Frequently appearing in the media to discuss matters of national security and military law, he has made appearances on network and international newscasts, radio programs, and in print media nationwide.


ARTICLES

Chappell v. Wallace, 33 JAG J., Summer 1984, at 109.

CHAPTERS

How the U.S. Military Responded to the Drift Toward Torture, in Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2010).

PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS

Pros and Cons of Trying Detainees in Military Commissions versus Federal Courts, Florida Conference of Appellate Judges. Sept. 2013.

Whether the United States Should Adhere to International Law in the War on Terror, Florida Conference of Appellate Judges. Sept. 2013.

Whether Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Are the Best Method of Obtaining Information? Florida Conference of Appellate Judges. Sept. 2013.

The Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et. al. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Gulf Coast Chapter, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. ____ 2013.

Roundtable Discussion, The Gotovina Judgment, Atlanta, GA, Emory University School of Law, International Humanitarian Law Clinic. November, 2011.

Screening and Discussion, Documentary, “The Response,” Atlanta, GA, Emory University School of Law. November, 2011.

Justice and Security: Balancing the Two in a Modern Democracy, Tbilisi: Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi State University School of Law. October, 2011.

Screening and Discussion, Documentary, “The Response,” Memphis, TN, Rhodes College. March, 2011.

Balancing Values and National Security, Houston, TX, St. Thomas More Society. Feb., 2011.

Speaker, Houston Bar Military Law Section. Fall, 2010.

Speaker, State Bar of Texas Military Law Section. Fall, 2010.

Screening and Discussion, Documentary, “The Response,” Washington, D.C., George Washington School of Law. July, 2010.

Screening and Discussion, Documentary, “The Response,” Washington, D.C., Congress (Rayburn House Office Bldg.). June, 2010.

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