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Dakota Rudesill

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Dakota Rudesill

Associate Professor of Law



204 Drinko Hall
Moritz College of Law
55 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Education
  • Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity
  • Experiential Education
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Profession
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • National Security
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Secrecy


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A., St. Olaf College


Professor Rudesill is a scholar, practitioner, and teacher of legislation and national security law and policy. At Moritz, he teaches National Security Law & Process, Secrecy & Surveillance, Legislation and Regulation, theLegislation Clinic, and Professional Responsibility (legal ethics).

His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal, Stanford Journal of International Law, 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 peer-review Journal of National Security Law and Policy.  He has served as Chair of the National Security Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).

Particular areas of emphasis in Professor Rudesill’s work are intelligence and secrecy (including secret law)arms control and nuclear weapons, legislation, and the experiential “learning-by-doing” training of professionals.  Professor Rudesill leads a coalition pushing for a congressional clerkship program analogous to the judiciary’s law clerk program, and is the creator and director of The Ohio State National Security Simulation.  This immersive annual exercise places over 130 OSU students from law, policy, intelligence, military, communications, and business management backgrounds in their respective roles as they grapple with current national security challenges and advise top practitioners 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 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 BA from St. Olaf College and JD from Yale Law School.

Faculty Links

Cirriculum Vitae
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Media Links

Moritz College of Law: Rudesill receives Sidney D. Drell Academic Achievement Award (2019)
Media Relations: Students confront calamity in national security crisis simulation (2017)
Moritz College of Law: National security starts at Ohio State (2017)
Media Relations: Is the government making secret laws? (2016)
Moritz College of Law: Disaster law comes into its own (2015)
Mershon Center: Mershon affiliate organizes national security simulation (2014)
Moritz College of Law: Moritz makes push for legislative clerkship program (2014)
Moritz College of Law: Three bring expertise in health law, national security, lawmaking (2013)
Moritz College of Law: New professor brings expertise in legislation, national security (2013)