Lisa M. Schenck

Lisa Schenck
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, Co-Director of the National Security Law LLM Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


Lisa M. Schenck joined the law school in 2009 after serving in the Army for more than 25 years, initially as a Signal Corps Officer and then as a judge, lawyer, and educator in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. In 2002, she was appointed as a military judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. In 2005, Dean Schenck was the first woman appointed as a Senior Judge on that court, where she continued until she retired. She also served concurrently as an Associate Judge on the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review after her appointment by the Secretary of Defense in 2007. In 2008, retiring with the rank of colonel after nearly 20 years in the JAG Corps, Dean Schenck became the Senior Advisor to the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. 

As an Army attorney, Dean Schenck held a variety of positions and received the 2003 Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award (Army). Her practice experience included positions such as Environmental Attorney and Executive Officer for the Department of the Army, Judge Advocate General’s Criminal Law Division. At the United States Military Academy, West Point, she was Chief of the Administrative and Civil Law Division, Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Military law, Co-Course Director for Introduction to Legal Methods, and the Law 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 inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. 

Dean Schenck’s other Army assignments included: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Chief, Criminal Law Division, Supervising Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Chief, Claims and Legal Assistance Divisions, U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker; Acting Command Judge Advocate, Claims and Legal Assistance Attorney, and Trial Counsel and Infantry Brigade Legal Advisor, Republic of Korea; and Assistant Fielding Team Chief and Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth. 

In 2014, Dean Schenck received The George Washington University Valor Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence in learning and service to the benefit of GW student military members, veterans, and their families. Dean Schenck was appointed in 2014 by the Department of Defense (DOD) General Counsel to serve (without compensation) for a three-year term on the Uniform Code of Military Justice Code Committee to recommend changes to the Secretary of Defense, President, and Congress to improve military justice. The Secretary of Defense also appointed Dean Schenck as an unpaid Special Government Employee to the DOD’s Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP) Victim Services Subcommittee in 2013. That same year, the Secretary of the Air Force appointed Dean Schenck as a Special Government Employee to participate as an unpaid consultant in the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board’s recently chartered study, “The Combating of Sexual Assault.” Dean Schenck has authored numerous articles and co-authored Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials (West 2012) with Interim Dean Greg Maggs. She recently wrote “Military Rape Fix is No Fix at All,” USA Today, Nov. 6, 2013, (op-ed) (co-authored with Major General (ret.) John D. Altenburg); "Sex Offenses Under Military Law: Will the Recent Changes in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Re-Traumatize Sexual Assault Survivors in the Courtroom?", 11 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 439 (2014); and, "Informing the Debate About Sexual Assault in the Military Services: Is the Department of Defense Its Own Worst Enemy?," 11 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 579 (2014).


JSD, LLM, Yale Law School; LLM, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; JD, Notre Dame Law School; MPA, Fairleigh Dickinson University; BA, Providence College