Monday, July 7, 2008

Eugene Fidell Appointed Rogatz Visiting Lecturer

Eugene R. Fidell, a leading expert in military justice and founding President of the National Institute of Military Justice in Washington, D.C., will join the Yale Law School faculty as the Florence Rogatz Senior Visiting Lecturer in Law commencing in January 2009. Since 1984, he has been a partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, D.C., where he heads the firm’s Military Practice Group. He has taught at Harvard Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law and began teaching as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in 1993.

A native of New York, he graduated in 1965 from Queens College and in 1968 from Harvard Law School, then served in the United States Coast Guard as a judge advocate from 1969 to 1972. His practice includes general civil litigation, administrative law, appeals, and military law, an area in which he frequently serves as a commentator for national and foreign news media.

Dean Harold Hongju Koh said, “In recent years, military justice issues have dominated the headlines as nations around the world have confronted a kaleidoscope of complex, high-profile cases, which until recently were comprehensible only to few. In Gene Fidell, we are delighted to welcome back to New Haven our most renowned expert on all issues involving military law since Joe Bishop.”

A prolific writer, Mr. Fidell is co-author of the leading casebook on military justice, an advisor to the Green Bag Reader, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. He is also a life member of the American Law Institute. At Yale, he will continue to teach his popular course on military justice as well as other lecturing and clinical teaching, and will address military justice issues in collaboration with the National Institute of Military Justice.