January 27, 2020

students with Dean and speaker
From L to R: Lauren Huston, The Honorable Scott W. Stucky, Dean Stephen Payne, and Peter Kim

On January 24, Catholic University Law Review presented its annual symposium titled, "Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: The State of Military Justice in 2020." The Law Review invited distinguished speakers to discuss the history of the military justice system, the rights of the accused, and sexual assualt victims in the military.

The event opened with introductory remarks from Kara Marie Urban (3L), Editor-in-Chief of Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 69. Urban was followed by Dean Stephen C. Payne who introduced The Honorable Scott W. Stucky, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. President George W. Bush appointed Judge Stucky to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in 2006. Judge Stucky has served as Chief Judge since August 2017.

Representing the highest military court in the country, Judge Stucky delivered the keynote address on the history of courts martial and the current state of military justice. Judge Stucky commended Catholic University Law Review's choice of military justice as a symposium topic, and shared how history has impacted military justice over the years.

Law Review Symposium Panel One

Panel 1: The Rights of the Accused

Dean Payne began the first panel with a brief outline of the substantive and procedural differences between federal civilian courts and military courts. Afterwards, the panelists discussed the rights of the accused and how those rights are protected in a military context.

Moderator: Stephen C. Payne, Dean, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America; Former Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Army

Panelists: Major General (Ret.) John D. Altenburg Jr., Former Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army; Lieutenant General (Ret.) Dana K. Chipman, Former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army; Mr. Eugene R. Fidell, Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; Lieutenant General Jeffrey A. Rockwell, The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force

Law Review Symposium Panel Two

Panel 2: Sexual Assault Victims in the Military

The second panel focused on the other side of the courtroom from the victims' perspective. Professor Mary Graw Leary led a discussion with panelists on victims’ rights and the mechanisms in place to protect victims in the military.

Moderator: Professor Mary Graw Leary, Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

Panelists: Mr. Eugene R. Fidell, Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; Lieutenant Colonel Adam S. Kazin, Chief of Policy Branch, U.S. Army; Major (Ret.) William F. Kelley ’97, Former Deputy Program Manager of the Special Victims’ Counsel Program, U.S. Army Reserves; Captain Josephine M. VanDriel ’14, Chief of Victim and Witness Policy, U.S. Air Force

Following the panel discussions, Lauren Huston (3L) and Peter Kim (3L), Lead Articles Editors of Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 69, offered closing remarks and thanked the panelists and the audience for their time. Everyone then adjourned to the Louise H. Keelty and James Keelty Jr. Atrium for a reception.

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