Former Congressman Rooney to Teach Law Class

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, left, speaks during a President's Lyceum in March as President William M. B. Fleming, Jr., listens.Former U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, senior fellow for the University’s LeMieux Center for Public Policy, will teach an undergraduate course in criminal law in the fall.

The University hopes to have Rooney teach the criminal law course once every academic year, said Dr. James Todd, assistant professor of politics. The upper-level course has no prerequisites. Enrollment is capped at 12 students, who may enroll on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rooney also is expected to teach an elective in American politics and policy. That course is still in development, with a possible offering in Fall 2020.

“Rooney has vast experience in law and politics that makes it possible for him to teach in many areas,” Todd said. “We are excited about his willingness to lend his expertise to our students.”

Rooney, a distinguished lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences, spoke to 30 high-achieving students during a President’s Lyceum in March.

The recently-retired congressman represented District 17 and was first elected in 2008. He was a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and served as deputy whip for the majority. He also served on the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittees on agriculture, military construction and veterans affairs, and state and foreign operations.

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a juris doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He served more than four years in the Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. and as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Fort Hood, Texas, prosecuting all civilian crimes on post.

In addition to teaching classes and advising the LeMieux Center, Rooney will speak to larger groups on campus.

“We are very grateful for his desire to contribute to academic excellence at PBA, especially in the public policy arena,” said Dr. Robert Lloyd, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Photo: Former U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, left, speaks during a President's Lyceum in March as President William M. B. Fleming, Jr., listens.