Contributing Author Profile: Rachel VanLandingham

Rachel VanLandingham — professor, author, and former member of the U.S. Armed Forces — will present her article “Discipline, Justice, and Command in the U.S. Military: Maximizing Strengths and Minimizing Weakness In A Special Society” at the New England Law Review’s Fall Symposium on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. During her presentation, she will discuss the teleology of the military justice system, specifically addressing why non-lawyer commanders make prosecutorial decisions, and highlighting why such a system should be improved by keeping senior commanders as decision-makers while creating a more equal role for military attorneys, as well by adding other transparency and accountability measures.

Rachel VanLandingham earned her B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, her M.P.M. with a National Security emphasis from the University of Maryland, College Park, her J.D. from the University of Texas, Austin (high honors), and her LL.M from the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (Commandant’s List).

Professor VanLandingham served more than twenty years in the United States Air Force, twelve of which she served on active duty with the US Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While serving as a judge advocate, she held positions as a military prosecutor, defense attorney, appellate defense attorney, chief legal advisor for international law at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command, Central Command’s Chief Liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and as Deputy Department Head of the U.S. A.F. Academy’s Legal Department.

In 2013, Rachel VanLandingham testified before the Response System’s Sexual Assault Panel, which examines sexual assault in the U.S. military. She has also written extensively about military justice, and has had works published most recently by the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, the Cardozo Law Review, and The New Republic, and The Army Times. Most recently, Professor VanLandingham won the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition hosted by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, for which her article “Criminally Disproportionate Warfare: Aggression as a Contextual War Crime,” will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of Case Western Reserve University International Journal of Law.

Between 2012 and 2014, Rachel VanLandingham was the Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor at Stetson University College of Law. Currently, she is a professor at Southwestern Law School where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and national security law.

To hear Professor Rachel VanLandingham present her paper “Discipline, Justice, and Command in the U.S. Military: Maximizing Strengths and Minimizing Weakness In A Special Society,” please attend the New England Law Review’s Fall Symposium on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at New England Law | Boston.

Contributing Editor: Kathleen Frain Brekka

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