Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is the Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government at the University of Mississippi, School of Law, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He also serves as the university's Faculty Athletics Representative and chair of the Athletics Committee. He is a graduate of Wabash College (BA, 1980, cum laude) and Vanderbilt University (JD, 1983, Order of the Coif). Prior to joining the faculty, Ron practiced law with Jenner & Block in Chicago and served as a clerk to Hon. Harry W. Wellford of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ron serves on the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and is a member of the committee appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to revise that state's criminal code. He is an officer on the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and an advisor to the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations. He serves on editorial boards of The Gaming Law Review and Angelico Press. He also serves on advisory boards to Ave Maria School of Law, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
Ron is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books and articles. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican called his book, "Hitler, the War, and the Pope" definitive in its response to charges made against the leader of the Catholic Church during World War II. Of his book "Disinformation," former CIA Director James Woolsey said: "This remarkable book will change the way you look at intelligence, foreign affairs, the press, and much else besides."
Ron has been published in Notre Dame Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Boston College Law Review, The Stanford Environmental Law Journal, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other periodicals and journals. He and his wife Claire live in Oxford, Mississippi. They have six children and one son-in-law.