University of North Carolina, BA, 1968; Stanford Law School, JD, 1974, Ohlman Prize for Legal Writing. Professor Otis has held a number of positions in the federal government: Chief of the Appellate Division, US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia; Counselor to the Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Special Counsel to President George H. W. Bush. He has written several op-ed pieces on criminal law for USA Today, Forbes, the Washington Post, and US News & World Report; has been interviewed and quoted by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; has testified as an expert witness before Congress; has appeared on various network programs such as MSNBC’s Hardball, the O’Reilly Factor, Sixty Minutes and the PBS News Hour; and is a contributor to the blogs Crime and Consequences and Powerline.