Wednesday, June 29, 2011

From the Board Chairman: NIMJ Transitions

Ronald Meister, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Military Justice, is pleased to announce the following news:

On August 1, 2011, NIMJ will move into its third decade of advancing the fair administration of military justice and fostering improved public understanding of the military justice system with new leadership at the helm.

After two decades as NIMJ’s President, Eugene R. Fidell, one of NIMJ’s co-founders, is stepping down from his position. Gene, who is a Coast Guard veteran and is Of Counsel with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, will continue to sit on the organization’s board of directors and plans to remain active in NIMJ’s work as he continues as the Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Gene leaves NIMJ in great shape as he turns the reins over to current NIMJ Vice-President Elizabeth L. Hillman. Beth is a professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law. She attended Duke University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and served as a space operations officer and professor at the US Air Force Academy before leaving the military to attend law school at Yale. With Gene Fidell and Dwight Sullivan, she has authored the only US textbook on military justice.

Victor Hansen will succeed Beth as NIMJ Vice-President. He is a professor at New England Law Boston. A career Army officer, Vic served as a judge advocate for most of his uniformed life. He has military capital litigation experience. Vic previously taught at The Army Judge Advocate General’s School and has published a number of articles on military law topics.

NIMJ is excited to move forward into its second generation of leadership under the direction of Beth and Vic, and also pleased that our outgoing President is by no means retiring but will remain engaged in our efforts. At this time of the resumption of high-profile military commissions at Guantanamo Bay and other substantial developments in military law, our mission is more important than ever, and we will be proceeding with increased vigor.