Major Susan S. Gibson
LL.M. Candidate sg6z@virginia.edu
University of Virginia School of Law

Education

The University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M. in International and National Security Law, expected May 1998.

The U.S. Army Judge Advocate GeneralĖs School, LL.M. in Military Law, May 1995, honor graduate, Concentration in International and Operational Law.

University of Puget Sound School of Law; J.D. December 1984, magna cum laude, Law Review, Boldt Scholar.

Monmouth College, Monmouth Illinois, B.A., 1981, magna cum laude, Double Major: Geology and Business Administration.

Experience

August 1997 Ō Present: LL.M. Candidate, University of Virginia School of Law (see Education above).

July 1995 Ō July 1997: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Deputy legal counsel for 20 attorney office that provided legal support for Aberdeen Proving Ground and its 54 tenant activities. Personally supervised 10 attorneys. Responsible for primary oversight of Criminal Justice (Courts-Martial and Federal Prosecutions), Claims (claims against the Army, and claims the Army asserts), and Legal Assistance (Legal Aid for all soldiers and retirees for all personal legal issues). Reviewed and provided comments on the Army regulation governing civilians who deploy on military operations. Prepared military and civilian personnel for deployments to Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Legal advisor on Security Assistance/Foreign Military Sales Training Program issues. Attended the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management Orientation Course at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Primary legal advisor for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School. Extensively involved in legal and public relations issues during Army sexual harassment and sexual assault investigations and resulting courts-martial. Briefed several Investigative, Congressional, and Special Interest Group delegations that visited Aberdeen during the investigations.

July 1994 - May 1995: LL.M. Student, The Judge Advocate GeneralĖs School (see Education above).

June 1992 - June 1994: Senior Defense Counsel, Seoul, Korea.

Senior Defense Counsel with supervisory responsibility for all Army criminal defense support in southern South Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and other areas of the Pacific Rim. Supervised 2 to 4 defense counsel. Defended officers and enlisted soldiers accused of felony offenses, to include several rape cases and one murder. Active participant during 8th Army wartime planning meetings.

July 1989 - June 1992: Associate Professor, Dept of Law, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Course Director, Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar Ō a senior-level seminar with emphasis on presidential emergency powers, separation of powers, and Bill of Rights. Also taught Constitutional and Military Law Ō a 4 credit-hour requirements for all cadets that includes constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, law of war and international law. Course director for new instructor training Ō a five-week course that prepared practicing attorneys to be effective teachers. The course included instruction on models of learning, facilitating classroom discussion, exam preparation, and student evaluation. Academic advisor to 10 to 15 cadets per year. Member of cadet honor education teaching team. JAG field screening officer Ō interviewed over 100 law students and lawyers who were applying to enter the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

June 1985 - June 1989: Assistant Judge Advocate, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Trial Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (approx. 3 years). Practice included prosecuting felony courts-martial (also courts-martial rehearings and special fact-finding hearings ordered by appellate courts Ō a unique aspect of prosecution at Fort Leavenworth), federal misdemeanor cases, inmate psychiatric commitment hearings, and officer and enlisted administrative elimination boards. Chief of Legal Assistance (approx. 6 months), and Administrative Law Attorney (approx. 3 months).

Sept 1985 - Dec 1985: Student, The Judge Advocate GeneralĖs SchoolĖs OfficersĖ Basic Course
Honor graduate

Publications:

Lack of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Over Civilians: A New Look at an Old Problem, 148 Military Law Review 114 (1995).

Book Review: Alvin & Heidi Toffler, War and Anti-War, 146 Military Law Review 288 (1994).

Conducting Courts-Martial Rehearings, The Army Lawyer, December 1991.

Awards:

-Dommer Award for Academic Achievement in Operational Law, May 1995
-Monmouth College Young Alumnus Award, May 1995
-Judge Advocate Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney, May 1994
-Federal Bar Association Younger Federal Lawyer Award, September 1993
-Brosman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Criminal Law, Dec 1985
-Boldt Scholar (Full Academic Scholarship for Second and Third years of Law School)

Military Awards:

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal - 3 Awards
Army Commendation Medal - 2 Awards
Army Achievement Medal - 2 Awards

Personal:

-Married to LTC Tim Gibson for 17 years; two daughters, ages 11 and 9
- Link to my HusbandĖs Web Site