Our veteran ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all active Law School Ambassadors.
Andrew commissioned in the US Army after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. In his eight years on active duty he held multiple positions with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying to Afghanistan five times. He will attend Stanford Law School as a member of the class of 2019.
Anya immigrated to the United States as a teenager from the former Soviet Union. After graduating from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois and working in banking, web development and law industries, Anya earned a scholarship to attend The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. She commissioned as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate after law school graduation in 2013 and is stationed at Joint Base Andrews (JBA), Maryland. As Chief of Adverse Actions she advises commanders on a range of discipline issues arising in a population of over 60K active duty, Title 10 Air National Guard and Reserve airmen stationed at JBA and around the world.
Manning is in his third year of a joint J.D./M.P.P. program at Georgetown University Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he is a 2005 graduate of the University of Washington. Manning separated from the Army as a Captain in 2012 after six years on active duty, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and four years in the Army Reserves as a medic before that. Prior to attending Georgetown he was a substitute teacher in Austin, TX.
Michael graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011, earning a B.S. in History with Honors and a commission in the Armor Branch. While assigned to 4/3 Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Stewart, GA, he served as a Scout Platoon Leader where he deployed to Logar Province, Afghanistan for nine months in 2013. He also served as a Troop Executive Officer. After five years of military service, Michael separated from the Army and is now a Class of 2019 JD Candidate at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
J David Thompson is a juris doctor candidate at Washington & Lee School of Law focusing on International Human Rights Law with a BS in Economics and MBA-Leadership from Liberty University. He is a Veterans4Diplomacy Fellow. Additionally, he brings experience on human rights, international relations, strengthening civil society, refugee issues, interagency collaboration, and countering violent extremism. Prior to Washington & Lee, he served in the US Army as a Military Police officer and Special Operations Civil Affairs with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and one to Jordan -- receiving a Bronze Star amongst other decorations. As an MP in Afghanistan he partnered alongside security and government officials to expand government outreach. As a Civil Affairs Officer in Afghanistan he trained Afghan military forces, mentored government officials, advised Naval Special Warfare on civil concerns, coordinated humanitarian assistance, and collaborated in refugee response. In Jordan, David worked at the US Embassy in countering violent extremism, strengthening civil society, and refugee response with other United States Government organizations, the United Nations, and various non-governmental organizations. Outside of work and school David enjoys reading, hiking, outdoor activities, exercising, traveling, and writing. He currently has 1 published book: 30 Days with Gail.
Ethan is a member of the Army Funded Legal Education Program currently studying at Vanderbilt Law School. Upon graduation in 2019, Ethan will begin practice as an Army Judge Advocate. Prior to law school, Ethan served for four years as a Signal Officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Ethan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University and is a Distinguished Military Graduate. As a Cadet Ethan studied Tajik-Persian at the Critical Language Institute, Arizona State University and trained at the Republic of China Military Academy, Taiwan.
Aaron graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007, earning a B.S. in Leadership with Honors and a commission in the Infantry. While assigned to the 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Lewis, WA, he served as a Platoon Leader and as a Company Executive Officer. During his subsequent assignment to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Aaron served as a Special Forces Detachment Commander and as a Company Executive Officer. With nearly nine years on active duty and several overseas deployments, he transitioned into the Army Reserve. Aaron is a Class of 2019 JD/MBA Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides with his wife and son.
Joshua is an officer in the United States Navy JAG Corps and an alumnus of Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Fiveson was a Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute fellow and served as an editor with both the International Law Journal and the National Security Law Journal. He has worked extensively with the United States Department of Justice—in both their Office of International Affairs and Counterterrorism Section—and has regularly served as a guest speaker at George Mason University’s Criminology, Law, and Society Department. Currently, Fiveson is an Attorney Advisor to Judge Ohlson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and he also serves as the Navy Fellow at the Institute for World Politics.
Elliot graduated from the University of Illinois in 2008. A native Chicagoan, he commissioned as a SWO through Navy OCS and was off to Sasebo, Japan shortly thereafter. In 2012, Elliot transferred to San Diego, where he was homeported 15 months, including an 8-month Middle East deployment. Elliot's final duty station was the Pentagon, where he worked as the aide-de-camp to a Marine Corps General on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations from 2014-2015. Elliot separated from the Navy in July, 2015, took a SPACE-A flight to Europe for a month, and upon his return he began his studies at George Mason University School of Law. Fun fact: Elliot traveled to 30 countries before the age of 30.
Doug graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Japanese. He holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University (International Security Studies) and the US Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies). He was forward deployed to Japan, where he served as a division officer in USS LASSEN (DDG 82) and a staff operations officer and flag aide for Commander, SEVENTH Fleet in USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19). Ashore, he was a Master Instructor of Political Science at the Naval Academy and a human resources policy officer for Commander, Navy Reserve Force. He is currently a J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School and is interested in public international law, international transactions, and national security law.
Derrick graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2006 with a B.S. in Political Science (Legal Option) and commissioned into the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. His initial assignment was as a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Infantry Division where he deployed on a 15-month deployment in support of “the Surge.” Derrick also served as a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” in Washington, D.C. where he competed in the Best Ranger Competition in 2009 and 2010 and was the Officer in Charge of Edward “Ted” M. Kennedy’s funeral in Arlington Cemetery After completion of the Special Forces Qualifications Course, Derrick served as a Detachment Commander for two Special Forces teams and the Company Executive Officer for two companies over the course of five deployments to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon. Derrick enjoys studying Arabic, running, and is pursuing his JD at Georgetown University Law Center as a member of the Class of 2019.
Dillon is a Federal Government employee who previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal Division). He has deployed three times as a Marine Corps officer. He holds an LL.M. (Litigation and Dispute Resolution) from The George Washington University Law School, where he also taught Trial Advocacy to J.D. students as an adjunct faculty member; a J.D. from the University of Arizona, where he was the school's annual Udall Prosecution Fellow; and a B.S. from Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College.
After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 2002 with a degree in Astronautical Engineering, Matthew completed undergraduate pilot training with the Navy and Air Force. Having served as both a T-6 instructor pilot at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida, and a KC-10 combat schoolhouse instructor pilot at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, he has amassed 3,100 flight hours on worldwide missions. Matthew has completed five combat deployments while flying over 900 combat hours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. He will be pursuing law school at Washington University in St. Louis.
Michael received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Utah while serving active duty through the Navy’s Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program. After being medically discharged from Officer Candidate School, he studied higher education administration with a focus on student veterans at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in the academic skills and resources office at Haverford College after receiving his masters degree. Michael will attend Georgetown University Law Center as a member of the Class of 2018.
Sam received a B.S. in International and Comparative Law and commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 2009 as an Armor Lieutenant. After graduation, he served as an Athletic Intern in West Point’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he assisted in managing the day to day operations of the Army Golf Team and helped recruit high school athletes to gain admission to West Point. Following his time as an athletic intern, he served as a dismounted reconnaissance platoon leader, troop executive officer, and as an assistant operations officer and advisor for an advisory team at Fort Drum, NY. Sam deployed twice to Afghanistan, once to Kandahar Province as a Platoon Leader and once to Wardak Province as an advisor to the Afghan National Army and Police. He is currently stationed at Fort Riley, KS where he is a plans officer. Sam will be attending law school beginning in the fall of 2015, and so far he has been admitted to study law at UCLA, Minnesota, and Florida State University.
Loren is pursuing a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a concurrent M.A. in Global Affairs at Yale. She graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. Following undergraduate studies, Loren was commissioned in the Air Force where she served as an intelligence chief for an F-15 squadron and as an intelligence expert in the Air Force Central Command. In this role, she organized and chaired two conferences that created the Air Force’s reference document for understanding and training to threats. This past summer she interned in the Executive Office of the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
William graduated from University of Pennsylvania with BA in political science. Originally from Brooklyn NY, he served in the South Korean Marine Corps after graduating from college. William is now a member of the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2017, where he is a first-year representative for Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association.
Rich graduated from Georgetown University with a BA and MA in security studies, then commissioned as an Armor officer through OCS. He served with the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan and is currently a third-year law student at Columbia Law School.
Ryan began his military service in 2006 by enlisting in the Texas National Guard as an infantryman. He was later commissioned through Texas A&M University’s Army ROTC program where he also received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following undergrad, Ryan enrolled at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Between his second and third year of law school Ryan deployed to Afghanistan as an advisor to Afghan National Security Forces. Upon his return, he graduation from law school and moved to Austin to served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas. Ryan separated from the military as a Captain in 2015 and now works in private practice. He is married and has an extremely energetic puppy named Hank.
Juli received an undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University, and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. She has worked in the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Army JAG Corps as a civilian. She is currently in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.