B.A., Harvard University; J.D. Harvard University
Judge Effron was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in 1996 and became Chief Judge in 2006. He assumed senior judge status in 2011. The Court is composed of civilian judges appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Court exercises appellate jurisdiction over cases arising under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Cases on the Court’s docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, administrative law, and national security law. Decisions by the Court are subject to direct review by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Prior to joining the Court, Judge Effron served in both the legislative and executive branches of the government. He served as the General Counsel and Minority Counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee; as an attorney in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel; as a judge advocate in the Army; and as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives. Judge Effron received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Political Review.