B.A., Providence College; M.P.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University; J.D., University of Notre Dame; LL.M., The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School; LL.M., J.S.D., Yale University
Dean Schenck joined the Law School in 2009 after serving in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps for more than 25 years. She also has served as a judge, lawyer, and educator. While in the military, she was an appellate military judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in 2002 and received the 2003 Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award (Army). In 2005, Dean Schenck was the first female appointed as a Senior Judge on that court, where she served until she retired. In 2007, the secretary of defense also appointed her to serve concurrently as Associate Judge on the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review. After retiring from the military as a colonel in 2008, Dean Schenck served as Senior Advisor to the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in Military Services.
As an attorney, Dean Schenck held a variety of positions. She was an Environmental Attorney and the Executive Officer for the Judge Advocate General’s Criminal Law Division. At the United States Military Academy at West Point, she served as Chief of the Administrative and Civil Law Division, Assistant Professor of constitutional and military law, and co-course Director for Introduction to Legal Methods, and the department Academic Counselor. She received the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Achievement Award and was one of five West Point faculty and staff members to be appointed into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Dean Schenck’s other assignments as an Army attorney included: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Chief, Criminal Law Division; Supervising Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief, Claims and Legal Assistance Divisions, U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker; Acting Command Judge Advocate, Claims and Legal Assistance Attorney, Trial Counsel and Infantry Brigade Legal Advisor, Republic of Korea; and Assistant Fielding Team Chief, Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth.
Dean Schenck has written numerous articles in the areas of environmental and criminal law, including “Climate Change ‘Crisis’—Struggling for Worldwide Collective Action,” 19 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy 319 (Summer 2008). She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.