Mr. Betts is a 1979 graduate of the Washington College of Law. As a student he was active in moot court and the law review and was awarded the Alumni Award for Contributions to the Law School.
He is a member of the Washington, DC firm Betts & Holt. He advises public and private corporations and institutions on regulatory and transactional matters involving electricity, natural gas, and steam, comprehensive energy management and efficiency, privatization, and energy project development. Much of his practice involves preparing and negotiating contracts for electricity and natural gas and representing clients before state and federal regulatory agencies. He also serves as an arbitrator involving complex energy transactions. He is a member of the American Bar Association Sections on law practice management, public utility law, and alternative dispute resolution, Federal Energy Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland Bar. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Betts worked as a legislative aid for Senator William V. Roth (Del.) and as minority legislative counsel to the Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the then Senate Government Operations Committee.
At the law school, Kirk has served on various advisory committees for over two decades, including the Dean's Advisory Council and its predecessors, and has been a long-time member of the John Sherman Myers Society. Outside of the law school, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lutheran World Relief, an international relief and development organization, and travels and speaks extensively on international development matters; is Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Hallowood Retreat & Conference Center, which is located near Comus, Maryland; and is a board member of the Lutheran Center Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland.