DESTRO, Robert A.

Robert A. DestroRobert A. Destro is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982. Professor Destro served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and led the Commission's discussions in the areas of discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin and religion. He is a distinguished fellow at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.

He has served as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General and the Ohio Secretary of State on election law matters from 2004–2006; as General Counsel to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights from 1977–1982, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University from 1978–1982. From 1975–1977, he was engaged in the private practice of law with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Destro received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his law degree (J.D.) in 1975 from the University of California at Berkeley.

He is co-author, with Michael S. Ariens, of Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2002; 3d ed., forthcoming).