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Contributing Author Profile: Rachel VanLandingham

Contributing Editor: Kathleen Frain Brekka
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).

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NELR Happenings: Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military: Discipline, Justice, and Command — Fall 2015 Symposium

Join the New England Law Review for our fall paper symposium on October 8th at 4:30 p.m. in the Cherry Room at New England Law | Boston. It will showcase Professor Rachel VanLandingham’s article “Discipline, Justice, and Command in the U.S. Military: Maximizing Strengths and Minimizing Weaknesses in a Special Society.” She will discuss why military commanders should be removed from the prosecutorial chain, as this position constitutes an unethical practice of law, and further discuss the collateral consequences of such a removal. She also will consider how problems associated with prosecutorial discretion can be potentially magnified in the military, the unique aspects of commander-owned prosecutorial discretion, and the insufficient checks and balances currently in place. The symposium will feature Professor VanLandingham, a Visiting Scholar from Southwestern Law School, as our keynote speaker, as well as feedback and commentary from a panel of prominent legal voices, including:

  • Associate Dean Victor Hansen, New England Law | Boston
  • Provost Elizabeth Hillman, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor James Gallagher, Suffolk University Law School
For more information, visit our symposium page here. You can also join our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you there!