Viet D. Dinh


Co-Director, Georgetown Law Asia, Professorial Lecturer

A.B., J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law

Professor Dinh successfully argued Nevada v. Hibbs, before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. government.  Dinh also served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for...

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Professor Dinh successfully argued Nevada v. Hibbs, before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. government.  Dinh also served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003. During his time at the Department of Justice, Dinh played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism—namely, the USA Patriot Act.  Dinh also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.

Professor Dinh is also the Founding Partner of Bancroft PLLC and serves on the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Revlon, Inc., and LPL Financial Holdings, Inc.

Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics.  He clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Viet D. Dinh, Keynote Address: Constitutional Bait and Switch, 21 Regent U. L. Rev. 277-283 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Viet D. Dinh & John D. Ashcroft, Liberty, Security, and the USA Patriot Act, in Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security 187-200 (Dean Reuter & John Yoo eds., New York: Encounter Books 2011).    [BOOK]
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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Viet D. Dinh, Keynote Address: Constitutional Bait and Switch, 21 Regent U. L. Rev. 277-283 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Structures of Governance: "Fixing" International Law with Lessons from Constitutional and Corporate Governance, 3 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 423-447 (2008).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Threats to Judicial Independence, Real and Imagined, 95 Geo. L.J. 929-944 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh & Wendy J. Keefer, FISA and the Patriot Act: A Look Back and a Look Forward, 35 Geo. L.J. Ann. Rev. Crim. Proc. iii-xxxiii (2006).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Liberty and the Rule of Law After September 11, 19 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 31-38 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, How the USA Patriot Act Defends Democracy, 2 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 393-399 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Nationalism in the Age of Terror, 56 Fla. L. Rev. 867-882 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Stephen R. McAllister, Erwin Chemerinsky, Christopher Stone & Jeffrey Rosen, Life After 9/11: Issues Affecting the Courts and the Nation, 51 U. Kan. L. Rev. 219-247 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Foreword: Freedom and Security After September 11, 25 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 399-406 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Reassessing the Law of Preemption, 88 Geo. L.J. 2085-2118 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Viet D. Dinh & John D. Ashcroft, Liberty, Security, and the USA Patriot Act, in Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security 187-200 (Dean Reuter & John Yoo eds., New York: Encounter Books 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Viet D. Dinh, An Indispensible Tool in the War on Terror, in Patriot Debates: Experts Debate the USA Patriot Act 10-13, 15-16 (Stewart A. Baker & John Kavanagh eds., Chicago: American Bar Association 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Viet D. Dinh, Freedom and Security After September 11, in Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post-9/11 World 105-114 (M. Katherine B. Darmer, Robert M. Baird & Stuart E. Rosenbaum eds., Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books 2004).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief for Petitioners, Free Enter. Fund v. Pub. Co. Accounting Oversight Bd., No. 08-0861 (U.S. July 27, 2009).    [W]
  • Reply Brief, Free Enter. Fund v. Pub. Co. Accounting Oversight Bd., No. 08-0861 (U.S. Nov. 23, 2009).    [W]
  • Petition for Rehearing, Kennedy v. Louisiana, No. 07-343 (U.S. July 21, 2008).    [W] [Gtown Law]

Congressional Testimony

  • Equality for the District of Columbia: Discussing the Implications of S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 113th Cong., Sept. 15, 2014 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: Pending).   
  • District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Constitution, Civil Rights, & Civil Liberties of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., Jan. 27, 2009 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2009-H521-76).   
  • D.C. House Voting Rights Act of 2007: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 110th Cong., Mar. 14, 2007 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2007-H521-16).    [Gtown Law]
  • Regulatory Preemption: Are Federal Agencies Usurping Congressional and State Authority?: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 110th Cong., Sept. 12, 2007 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2008-S521-10).    [Gtown Law]
  • Equal Representation in Congress: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Aff., 110th Cong., May 15, 2007 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2009-S481-3).    [Gtown Law]
  • S. 310, The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Indian Aff., 110th Cong., May 3, 2007 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2008-S411-10).   
  • Line-Item Veto: Constitutional Issues: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Budget, 109th Cong., June 8, 2006 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2006-H261-9).    [Gtown Law]
  • House Resolution on the Appropriate Role of Foreign Judgments in the Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on the Constitution of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 109th Cong., July 19, 2005 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2005-H521-48).    [Gtown Law]
  • Trade and Human Rights: The Future of U.S.-Vietnamese Relationships: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Foreign Relations, 108th Cong., Feb. 12, 2004 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2004-S381-38).    [Gtown Law]
  • America After 9/11: Freedom Preserved Or Freedom Lost: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 108th Cong., Nov. 18, 2003 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2004-S521-47).    [Gtown Law]
  • Private Property Rights and Telecommunications Policy: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 106th Cong., Mar. 21, 2000 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2000-H521-97).    [Gtown Law]
  • Civic Participation and Rehabilitation Act of 1999: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 106th Cong., Oct. 21, 1999 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: 2000-H521-35).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Viet D. Dinh, Threats to Judicial Independence, Real & Imagined, Daedalus, Fall 2008, at 64-73.    [W]
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In the News

"5 Big Legal Names Heading To Kirkland That Aren't Clement," coverage in Law 360, September 13, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh and Erin Murphy (L' 06).

"Kirkland & Ellis to Acquire Top SCOTUS Boutique," coverage by Bloomberg Big Law Business, September 12, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh.

"Kirkland & Ellis to Acquire Top SCOTUS Boutique," coverage by Bloomberg Big Law Business, September 12, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet D. Dinh.

"Georgetown professors: Naming George Mason’s law school after Scalia is fitting, for his opinions endure," an article by Professor Neal Katyal and Professional Lecturer Viet Dinh in The Washington Post, April 5, 2016.

"One Decision Scalia’s Absence Likely Won’t Change? Immigration," coverage in Foreign Policy, February 14, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh.

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"5 Big Legal Names Heading To Kirkland That Aren't Clement," coverage in Law 360, September 13, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh and Erin Murphy (L' 06).

"Kirkland & Ellis to Acquire Top SCOTUS Boutique," coverage by Bloomberg Big Law Business, September 12, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh.

"Kirkland & Ellis to Acquire Top SCOTUS Boutique," coverage by Bloomberg Big Law Business, September 12, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet D. Dinh.

"Georgetown professors: Naming George Mason’s law school after Scalia is fitting, for his opinions endure," an article by Professor Neal Katyal and Professional Lecturer Viet Dinh in The Washington Post, April 5, 2016.

"One Decision Scalia’s Absence Likely Won’t Change? Immigration," coverage in Foreign Policy, February 14, 2016, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh.

"Bancroft Moves to New Office Near Georgetown Law," Legal Times, August 17, 2015, featuring Professor Viet Dinh and Lecturer Paul Clement

"From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again," coverage in The National Law Journal, April 30, 2015, featuring Professorial Lecturer Viet Dinh, co-director, Georgetown Law Asia and Francis Hoang, L'03.

"Bancroft Firm Names Three New Partners," BLT: Blog of the Legal Times, January 9, 2014, quoting Professor Viet Dinh and announcing the promotion of Erin Murphy, L'06 to partner at Bancroft PLLC. 

Professor Viet Dinh and Adjunct Professor Paul Clement are profiled in "Patron Saint of Conservative Causes," a cover story in The American Lawyer, November 30, 2012.

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