Last updated on: 8/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph E. Schmitz, JD Biography

Title:
Former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Some officials…assert that these women [prostitutes] consent to their employment. According to our Military Police in one country where I inspected, the contracts for these ‘entertainers’ are sold weekly from one establishment to another. This is human slavery, plain, simple, and morally repugnant…

For the women forced to live under inhuman conditions until they have earned enough money to ‘buy back’ their freedom – or die from venereal diseases or physical abuse – prostitution is hardly a victimless crime…

I’m sure you’ve heard people rationalize that efforts to suppress prostitution will inevitably fail because ‘It’s the world’s oldest profession.’ For those who suggest legalization of prostitution as a solution, I would suggest they read the most recent U.S. State Department report on human trafficking…

It validates ‘a direct link between prostitution and trafficking.'”

“Military Chaplains as Moral Leaders: A Central Role in Suppressing 21st Century Human Slavery,” Remarks delivered by Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz to the XVI International Military Chaplains Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Feb. 9, 2005

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, The Prince Group
  • Board of Directors, Bethesda Interactive Solutions (BIS) Global
  • Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense, 2002-2005
  • Partner, Patton Boggs, LLP
  • Private sector law focused on complex civil litigation, aviation regulatory matters, international trade, administrative law, and constitutional appellate litigation, 1997-2002
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1995-2002
  • Senior leadership positions in the Naval Reserve, Deputy Senior Inspector, Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, 1995-2001
  • Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, Honorable Edwin Meese III
  • Law Clerk to Honorable James L. Buckley, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Steering Committee of the Washington Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Young Leader Alumnus of the American Council on Germany
Education:
  • JD, Stanford University, 1986
  • U.S. Naval Academy, 1978
Other:
  • Son of John G. Schmitz, former Congressman (R-CA)