David F Forte
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Law
 Office: LB 214
 Phone: 216-687-2342
 Fax: 216-687-6881
 Email: D.FORTE@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. LB 214, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
constitutional law, religion, Islamic law
B.A., Harvard College
M.A., University of Manchester
Ph.D., University of Toronto
J.D., Columbia University
Brief Bio:
David F. Forte is Professor of Law at Cleveland State University.  He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto and Columbia University.

Professor Forte was the inaugural holder of the Charles R. Emrick, Jr.- Calfee Halter & Griswold Endowed Chair at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.

During the Reagan administration, Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council.  He has authored a number of briefs before the United States Supreme Court, and has frequently testified before the United States Congress and consulted with the Department of State on human rights and international affairs issues.  His advice was specifically sought on the approval of the Genocide Convention, on world-wide religious persecution, and Islamic extremism.  He has appeared and spoken frequently on radio and television, both nationally and internationally.  In 2002, the Department of State sponsored a speaking tour for Professor Forte in Amman, Jordan, and he was also a featured speaker to the Meeting of Peoples in Rimini, Italy, a meeting which gathers over 500,000 people from all over Europe.  He has also been called to testify before the state legislatures of Ohio, Kansas, Idaho as well as the New York City Council.  He has assisted in drafting a number of pieces of legislation for the Ohio General Assembly dealing with abortion, international trade, and federalism.  He has sat as acting judge on the municipal court of Lakewood Ohio and was chairman of Professional Ethics Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association.  He has received a number of awards for his public service, including the Cleveland Bar Association┬┐s President┬┐s Award, the Cleveland State University Award for Distinguished Service, the Cleveland State University Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence.  He served as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. In 2003, Dr. Forte was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Trento and returned there in 2004 as a Visiting Professor.  For the academic year, 2008-2009, Professor Forte was Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and the Constitution in at the Witherspoon Institute  in Princeton, New Jersey.  He has given over 300 invited addresses and papers at more than 100 academic institutions.

Professor Forte was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, and Visiting Scholar at the Liberty Fund.  He has been President of the Ohio Association of Scholars, was on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Society, and is also adjunct Scholar at the Ashbrook Institute.  He has been appointed to the Ohio State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.    He has also been also a Civil War re-enactor and a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts.

He writes and speaks nationally on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs.  He served as book review editor for the American Journal of Jurisprudence and has edited a volume entitled, Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy, published by Georgetown University Press.  His book, Islamic Law Studies: Classical and Contemporary Applications, has been published by Austin & Winfield.  He is Senior Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2006, 2014),  published by Regnery & Co, a clause by clause analysis of the Constitution of the United States.

His teaching competencies include Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, Natural Law, International Law, International Human Rights, and Constitutional History.
University Service:
Academic Standards Committee, Chair, 198893, 199498, Member 200208
Adjunct Faculty Committee, 198992
Admissions Committee, 197779
Advisor, Niagara Moot Court Competition, 198081, 198283
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 198688
Baker-Hostetler Chair Committee, 199497
Building Committee, 199498; 19992004; 2006.
Centennial Committee, 1996
Committee on Style
Cleveland-Marshall Faculty Forum Co-ordinator, 2003
Cleveland-Marshall Fund Subcommittee on Summer Grants, 200203
Committee on Graduate Studies, Chair 198384, 198992, Member 198892; 19992000
Curriculum Committee, 197677, ex officio 198688
Faculty Adviser, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Federalist Society, Islamic Discussion Group, Cleveland-Marshall Republicans
Faculty Appointments Committee, Chair 197982, 2000-01, 2004-05; Member 197678, 199293, 199900, 2005-06
Faculty Council/Faculty Senate, 197882, 198892, 199498, 2000-06
Steering Committee, 198182, 199498, 2007
Faculty Honors Committee, Chair 198688
Faculty Jurisprudence Seminar, Director 198083, 198688
Faculty Reinspection and Review Committee, Chair 1984, Member 1991, 2004
Faculty Research Luncheon Series, Coordinator 197883, 198688
Foreign Exchange Committee, 199293
L860 Ad Hoc Committee
Law Student Academic Outcome Assessment Plan, Chair, l99698
Library Committee, 200203
Library Director Search Committee, Chair, 199495
Moot Court Ad Hoc Committee
Personal Action Committee, Chair subcommittee for Promotion to Full Professor, 1989, 2000, 2004; Chair Subcommittee for Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, 1994, 1999, 2004
Special Committee on Academic Misconduct, Chair 1979
Student Life Committee, 1998
Strategic Planning Committee,
Steering Committee, 199798
University ad hoc Committee on Program Review, 200203
University Appropriate Use Advisory Committee, 2000
University Assessment Committee, 199698
University Committee on Academic Space, 2004-2005
University Curricular Review Committee, 197981
University Employee Benefits Committee, 199597
University Faculty Affairs Committee, 2005-06
University Faculty Awards Committee, 2000
University Financial Aid Committee, Chair 197981, Member 197779
University Graduate Council, 2005-2008
University Provost Search Committee, 2000
Upper-Level Curriculum Review Committee, 1990
Values Task Force, 1990
Community Service:
Pontifical Council for the Family, Vatican, Consultor
Philadelphia Society, Board of Directors
Bishop Gassis Sudan Relief Fund, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Salvatori Center on the American Founding, The Heritage Foundation, Board of Directors
Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Adjunct Scholar
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Board of Academic Advisers
National Lawyers Association, Board of Academic Advisers,
American Journal of Jurisprudence, Board of Editors, Book Review Editor, 1997-2003
The Federalist Society, Religious Liberties Practice Group, International Issues Subcommittee, Chairman