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David A. Schlueter

Hardy Professor of Law  | Director of Advocacy Programs


  • LL.M., University of Virginia, 1981
  • J.D., Baylor University, 1971
  • B.A., Texas A&M University, 1969

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Military law


Schlueter received his B.A. degree from Texas A&M University in 1969 and his J.D. degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1971. In 1981, he received his LL.M. from the University of Virginia. He served on active duty as an Army JAG Corps officer from 1972 until 1981 and, during that time, served as an appellate counsel at the Army’s Government Appellate Division as Chief of Criminal Law at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and as a faculty member in the Criminal Law Division at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He resigned his regular Army commission in 1981 to accept an appointment by Chief Justice Burger to the office of legal counsel to the Supreme Court of the United States. In that position, he provided general and special counsel advice to Chief Justice Burger, the Court, and the individual Justices. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1997 from the United States Army Reserve, JAGC.

In 1983, Schlueter accepted a position on the law faculty at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where he currently teaches evidence and trial advocacy. He served as an Associate Dean for Academics from 1984 until 1989. In 1999, he was appointed Director of Advocacy Programs and in January 2000, he was named Hardy Professor of Law. In 2002, he was named an Outstanding Law Faculty member.

From 1988 to 2005, he served as the Reporter to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Advisory Committee, a position to which Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed him. He is a fellow in the American Law Institute and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.


JAGC Attorney, United States Army (1972-81)
Legal Counsel, Supreme Court of United States (1981-83)
Associate Dean, St. Mary’s School of Law (1984-89)



  • Federal Evidence Tactics (with Imwinkelried) (1997-2016) (with annual supplements).
  • Federal Criminal Procedure Litigation Manual (2016) (with Saltzburg)(updated annually).
  • Emerging Problems Under the Federal Rules of Evidence (Editor-in-Chief, 3d ed. 1998) (LEXIS Pub).
  • Military Criminal Justice: Practice and Procedure (9th ed. 2015) (with annual supplements) (cited in Weiss v. United States, 510 U.S. 163 (1994), United States v. Kebodeaux, 136 S.Ct. 2496 (2013), and other federal and military appellate decisions and commentaries).
  • Military Rules of Evidence Manual (with Saltzburg and Schinasi) (8th ed. 2015) (with annual supplements).
  • Military Crimes and Defenses (with Rose, Hansen & Behan) (2d ed. 2012) (with annual supplements).
  • Military Evidentiary Foundations (with Saltzburg, Schinasi, Imwinkelried & Hansen) (5d. ed. 2013).
  • Military Criminal Procedure Forms (with Jensen, Barry, and Arnold) (3d ed. 2009).
  • Texas Rules of Evidence Manual (with J. Schlueter) (10th ed. 2015) (with annual supplements).
  • Texas Evidentiary Foundation (with Onion and Imwinkelried) (5th ed. 2015).
  • Texas Rules of Evidence Trial Book (With Saltzburg) (3d ed. 2015).
  • Mock Trial Case Files and Problems (2014).
  • Materials on Evidence (FALL 2016, Self Published).
  • The Problems of Crime and International Terrorism  (Summer 2012, Self-Published).

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