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Professor Robert J. Dieter, Ambassador to Belize, was confirmed by the Senate June 16, 2005. Prior to his Ambassadorial appointment, he was Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined the faculty of the CU School of Law in 1979 after spending several years as a deputy district attorney and in private practice. At the Law School, he focused his work in the Legal Aid and Defender Program and taught criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and trial advocacy.
In 2003, President Bush appointed Ambassador Dieter to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, which funds 163 legal aid programs around the nation to help low-income Americans gain equal access to the judicial system. In 2000, Ambassador Dieter served as a Presidential Elector for the State of Colorado. In 1996, Ambassador Dieter published Colorado Criminal Practice and Procedure, a two-volume overview and analysis of state and federal criminal law in Colorado. A second edition was published in 2004.
Ambassador Dieter served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC, and Chairman of its Finance Committee. He has served in various positions in the Colorado Bar, most recently as a member of the Executive Council, Criminal Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and Co-chair of the Criminal Section of Boulder County Bar Association.
Ambassador Dieter received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1972 and his B.A. from Yale University in 1968.