Dexter Lehtinen

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Married, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member of Congress


Juris Doctor (J.D.), Stanford University, 1975 (Oehlman Writing Award; Order of the Coif; Nathan Abbott Scholar for graduating first in class; Teaching Assistant, Political Science Department).

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Columbia University, 1974 (International Fellow; Dean's List).

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science, Columbia University, 1969 (Herbert Lehman Scholar; European Institute Honors Fellow).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with major in Government, minor in Economics, University of Miami, 1968 (Magna Cum Laude and General Honors Program; Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society; President, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society; Delta Theta Mu Arts and Sciences Honor Society; Commanding Officer, Corps of Cadets, ROTC, Distinguished Military Graduate; Chairman, Public Affairs Council; ODK; Iron Arrow). Palmetto Jr./Sr. High School, 1964 (Student Government President; Eagle Scout; Dade County Silver Knight Award Winner, Citizenship).


Attorney, Private Practice (diversified litigation practice including argument before US Supreme Court, emphasizing civil litigation in state and federal courts and administrative/regulatory, financial/commercial, environmental and Federal Indian law matters); admitted to practice in Florida and California 1979 to 1988 and 1992 to present; appeared at every level of the judicial system, including the U.S. Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court.

United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida (chief legal officer for the United States government in civil and criminal matters in Southern Florida), 1988 to 1992; Federal Prosecutor, Special Attorney, Organized Crime Strike Force, Miami and Assistant United States Attorney, Los Angeles (prosecuted bribery of government officials, corruption in government programs, perjury and obstruction of justice), 1975 to 1978.

State Senator, Florida Senate and State Representative, Florida House of Representatives (including service on Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Education Committee, and others; authored four Florida constitutional amendments on crime and the judiciary), 1980 to 1988.

Senior Fellow of the School of International and Public Affairs and the College of Law, Florida International University (The Cold War; The Vietnam War; National Security Law; Administrative Law; Florida Constitutional Law), 2012- present; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law (Administrative Law, Florida Constitutional Law, and Federal Indian Law), 1988 to present; Adjunct Professor, Florida International University (The Vietnam War), 2010-2011; Associate Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami (Civil Procedure and U.S. Constitutional Law), 1984 to 1985; Adjunct Professor in economics and American government, Florida International University, University of Miami and Miami-Dade College, 1980 to 1988; Guest Lecturer - US Naval War College, US Naval Academy, various universities (“The Vietnam War;” “Leadership Principles in a Lost Cause”; “Myth and Reality in ‘The Things They Carried’”; “History and ‘The War on Terror’”; “Policy-making Models in Everglades Restoration”; and numerous other topics).

Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, U.S. Army (First Lieutenant, Airborne (paratrooper), Ranger; First Honor Graduate, Armor Officer Course; served in Germany and Vietnam as commander of 52-man combat platoon and leader of numerous small unit reconnaissance missions; retired for wounds received in action), 1969 to 1972; Detachment Commander, Special Forces, U.S. Army Reserve (Captain, "Green Beret" commando/guerrilla warfare unit; Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course), 1981 to 1991.

Police Officer (Reserve), City of Mountain View, California (trained, sworn, uniformed position in patrol division serving as second officer in patrol car), 1973 to 1975; Private Airplane Pilot License, 1968.


Present: Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (Southern District of Florida); Federal Judicial Bar and Community Liaison Committee. Past: South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force; Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (Southern District of Florida); Governor’s Commission on the Everglades; Governor’s Commission on a Sustainable South Florida; Civil Justice Advisory Group (Southern District of Florida); Florida Senate President's Commission on Government-in-the¬ Sunshine; Statewide Commission on Drug Money Laundering; Florida Commission on Bail Bond Reform; Florida Instructional Materials Council; Personnel Advisory Board, Dade County; Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Community Health of South Dade, Inc.; other various civic and professional organizations