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.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2009, Matt was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a Fire Direction Officer and Field Artillery Platoon Leader. In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan and served first as a Platoon Leader and later as a Camp Administrator and Liaison Officer for an Afghan National Civil Order Police Training Center. He moved to Fort Jackson, SC in 2012 and was selected by the US Army Physical Fitness School to be a Master Fitness Trainer Course Team Leader, which he served as until 2014. He will be leaving active duty in August 2014 to join Yale Law School class of 2017.
Michael received a BA in Economics and a BS in Journalism from Ohio University in 2001 and his J.D. from New York University in 2006. Before law school, Michael taught the LSAT for a test-prep company. After graduation, he spent two years as an associate at a midsized NYC firm. In 2010, he received a commission as an Air Force judge advocate. He served as the Chief of Military Justice and Chief of Civil Law at both Edwards AFB and Misawa AB and was the legal advisor to a Joint Special Operations Task Force. He left active duty in 2014. He is currently a freelance writer.
Jesse spent most of his childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but he’s originally from the Bay Area. He received his Mechanical Engineering B.S.E. from Georgia Tech with Highest Honor and now attends Stanford Law School. At Stanford, Jesse is a member of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy and is interested in intellectual property, commercial transactions, and veteran’s advocacy. Before entering law school, Jesse served for seven years as a United States Navy submarine officer. His duty stations included the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Training Center in South Carolina, the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky in Washington State, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys playing San Francisco tourist with his wife Abby and daughters Molly (3 years old) and Penny (1 year old).
Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in International Relations. After graduating from West Point he served as an army engineer officer stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. During active duty he completed a combat deployment in Iraq as a platoon leader and subsequently served as the lead planner for the theater engineer brigade in the Pacific where he focused on updating war plans and coordinating theater security cooperation exercises. After leaving active duty, he received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law with a certificate in National Security Law from the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. After graduation he served a term as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and is currently an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. He is also a consultant for Water Hands Hope, a non-profit focused on bringing sustainable water and healthcare solutions to the people of Papa New Guinea.
Dan was commissioned in the Infantry after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 2004. As an officer in the U.S. Army he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and company commander at Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Benning, GA, and in Iraq. After leaving active duty, Dan graduated from Vanderbilt University’s JD/MBA program in 2013. He is currently in private practice in New York City.
Matt is a Pat Tillman Scholar and is pursuing a J.D. at Stanford University. Originally from Colorado, Matt received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2008. Matt served as an Army Intelligence Officer for seven years, including a year-long deployment to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, two deployments to Afghanistan as part of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and a deployment to Turkey with a Joint Special Operations Task Force.
Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in International Relations. After graduating, he commissioned as an intelligence officer. Ben was deployed to Afghanistan twice—once with the 10th Mountain Division and again augmenting a special operations unit. Ben is currently a student at Stanford Law School and expects to graduate in 2018. Last summer, he worked as a legal intern in the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2017, he will be a summer associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Ben's writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, Just Security, and Lawfare.
Dean received his commission through Army ROTC at Stetson University in 1969. He earned bachelor’s degrees from Stetson (political science) and the University of Florida (journalism). He served in Vietnam with the Americal (23rd Infantry Div.) in 1970-71, and received his JD from the University of Florida in 1973. He was an assistant dean at UF 1974-76, and has been in private practice in Tallahassee since that time. He has taught legal ethics, served as chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and is presently chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to Florida state court judges concerning the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Bryant received a B.S. in Economics and Arabic at the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 2010. He commissioned as an infantry officer and served as a platoon leader in Paktika Province, Afghanistan; executive officer at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and admissions representative at the USMA. Bryant is currently a student at Yale Law School and expects to graduate in 2018.
Robert is originally from East Texas and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He obtained his commission with the Marine Corps via the Officer Candidates School Platoon Leaders Course. After completing The Basic Course, he attended Fort Sill for training as an artillery officer and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines in Hawaii. In addition, Robert deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7 in Iraq. After leaving active duty he earned his JD at SMU Dedman School of Law. He is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas.
Joe graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 2009. He served as an Infantry Officer at Fort Benning and Fort Carson from 2009 to 2015 including a deployment to Iraq as a Platoon Leader from 2010-2011. He is in his first year of the JD/MBA program at Northwestern Law School and the Kellogg School of Management. He is happy to help in any way possible with the application and transition process.
Sam grew up in New York City and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2005. After college he was commissioned into the Marine Corps, where he served as a rifle platoon commander in Anbar Province, Iraq and as an advisor to an Afghan National Army infantry company in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sam recently received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.S. from the National Intelligence University. He currently works as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, continues to serve as a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council.
Josh grew up in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a BBA in Accountancy. He then began active duty service in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer. Josh spent roughly one year training at Fort Benning, Georgia before two years as a Platoon Leader at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. His fourth and final year of active duty service was spent teaching soldiers skiing and mountaineering in the Alaska Range. In the fall of 2016, Josh will go home and be a JD candidate at Northwestern Law.
Marc graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Mathematics and History. While an undergrad he studied Hebrew and ran competitively. After college, he moved to Israel for a year to teach English and establish running clubs across the country. In 2013, Marc began his study of law at Washington University. He spent his first summer doing defense work for the Navy JAG Corps and his second summer working on government contracts for the Army JAG Corps. Marc has recently commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy reserves and will become an active duty member of the Navy JAG Corps in October 2016.
Dan trained as a Naval Flight Officer in the EA-6B Prowler after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000. As an officer in the U.S. Navy he served as a mission commander and Prowler Tactics Instructor in Whidbey Island, WA, and an Electronic Warfare training officer in Iraq. While on active duty Dan graduated from Auburn University's MBA program in 2006, and after leaving active duty Dan graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 2013. He previously clerked for the Circuit Court of Fairfax, Virginia, and is currently a clerk for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters.
Chris graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and Law. He commissioned into the Marine Corps and served as a Military Police officer. His initial assignments were in Okinawa, Japan as a Platoon Commander and Executive Officer, deploying numerous times between 2010 and 2012 to Afghanistan, Philippines, Thailand, New Caledonia and others. Chris served as a Company Commander for two years assigned to Weapons Battalion at Parris Island. A most recent distinguished graduate of the Army Captain Career Course, he was also awarded the LTC Orlando Leadership Award. Chris was selected for a Law Education Program (ELP) through the Marine Corps and will pursue his JD at the University of Tennessee College of Law before returning to the Fleet as a Judge Advocate. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Kristopher served in the Army Reserve from 2004 to 2014 as a Civil Affairs Specialist. In between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. He decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Tulsa after he left the Army. He will graduate in 2017, and is hoping to start a career in criminal law. His interests in law school include the Tulsa Law Review, Legal Aid, Women’s Law Caucus, and LawFam, a support group for nontraditional students and students with children. His wife is an Air Force Captain, and they welcomed our first child in May of 2015.
Ian attended Lafayette College where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History, Government and Law in 2007. After graduation, he received a full academic scholarship to Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated in 2010. During law school he clerked for a federal judge, worked as a summer associate at a large firm, interned with Brooklyn DA's Major Narcotics Investigations Unit, and worked for a non-profit. He was offered a commission in the United States Army JAG Corps during Spring of 3L and began service in Fall 2011. While waiting for active duty to begin, Ian spent a year working for a small insurance defense firm in New Jersey. During his time in the JAG Corps, Ian has served as a Legal Assistance Attorney, Special Assistant US Attorney, Administrative Law Attorney, and as a Trial Counsel prosecuting felony cases. He served three years at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.
Lee served as a judge advocate (JAG) in the U.S. Navy from 2013-2016, where he advised commanders on legal issues including military justice and government ethics. He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the National Security Journal. Motivated to continue his career of service, Lee is pursuing an MD at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.
Sarah graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 2011 with a B.S. in International Relations and commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. She was a 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholar and completed a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar. Sarah is a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Officer and is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. She has served as a CI/HUMINT platoon commander and all-source intelligence platoon commander at 3d Intelligence Battalion and as the Production and Analysis Officer-in-Charge for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. She also fulfills duties as a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival and as the Command Equal Opportunity Representative. Sarah will transition to the Marine Corps Reserves in May and begin law school in the fall of 2016.