Joe “Chip” W. Pitts
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Joe W. (Chip) Pitts III is Dallas-based attorney and technology entrepreneur/investor. Formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie international law firm, he then served as Chief Legal Officer of Nokia Inc. for a number of years. At Nokia, in addition to legal affairs he also had global responsibility for ethics, human rights, and corporate citizenship issues, as well as overall responsibility for the regional security, risk management, and other departments. In the national security field, he has held top-secret security clearances from the U.S. government as a U.S. delegate to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) security conferences, and a delegate of both the U.S. government and nongovernmental organizations to various United Nations conferences and bodies. His interest in national security issues has also been reflected in his active memberships in the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Pacific Council in San Francisco, the American Society of International Law, the Conference Board, the Dallas Assembly, the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas, the British-American Project, and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (which he incorporated and served as volunteer General Counsel for over a decade). His writing and commentaries on international business, globalization, security, liberty, and technology issues have appeared among other places in such newspapers as The Wall St. Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The International Herald Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, and The Washington Spectator; magazines such as The American Prospect, Business Horizons, and Liberty magazine; journals such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Scholar, The Internet Law Journal, and various law reviews; and broadcast media including CNN, C-Span, National Public Radio, and Public Radio International. He was the lead author and editor-in-chief of The NAFTA Handbook, has edited several law and other journals and trade newsletters, and contributed chapters to books on national security, globalization, and first amendment law. Educated at Tulane, Oxford, Cambridge, and Stanford Law, he has served as both an adjunct and full-time faculty member at SMU Law School and regularly lectures at law schools, business schools, universities, foreign policy organizations, and civic groups on globalization, technology, national security, international law, and constitutional law. He currently serves as a volunteer leader of the nation-wide Bill of Rights Defense Committee movement, and Chair of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee of Greater Dallas, a nonpartisan, nonideological volunteer organization dedicated to protecting the Bill of Rights and U.S. residents from excesses of the Patriot Act and related measures. He led the successful effort in Dallas, the former hometown of both President Bush and Vice President Cheney, to achieve a local resolution against the Patriot Act, and has assisted many other communities around the nation in passing such resolutions He has served as an officer and/or director of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Amnesty International USA, Proyecto Adelante (refugee services organization), President of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Texas Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, the Governing Council of the American Bar Association International Law Section, Commissioner of the American Bar Association's Commission on Public Understanding of the Law, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and Chair of the Bill of Rights, Constitutional Bicentennial, and Minority Participation Committees of the Dallas Bar Association. He has served on a number of Advisory Boards including the American Civil Liberties Union Dallas, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, the Dallas Business Journal, the UN Association of Dallas, the Sammons Center for the Arts Turtle Club, and others. Awards include those received from the national, state, and local bar associations (including the Dallas Bar Association's Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year), and other organizations including Legal Services of North Texas, Lawyers Against Domestic Violence, Catholic Charities, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and Stanford Law School.