The U.S. Army JAG Corps named Lisa M. Schenck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment in September.
“We look forward to the extraordinary contributions COL Schenck will make during her tenure,” stated Lt. General Stuart W. Risch, Judge Advocate General, in an announcement regarding Dean Schenck’s appointment.
During her three-year tenure, Dean Schenck’s responsibilities will include accompanying the Judge Advocate General on inspections of JAG offices in the field, carrying forth the history and traditions of the JAG Corps Regiment, serving as a mentor, and enhancing unit morale and esprit de corps.
“Being appointed the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment is not only a great honor for me, but also an opportunity for me, as a retired officer, to continue to take an active interest in the welfare of Army JAG Corps and the many fine men and women who serve or have served in it— many of whom are my former GW Law students,” said Dean Schenck.
Dean Schenck, who is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law and Director of the National Security Law Program at GW Law, joined the law school in 2009 after a career in the U.S. Army.
“My previous experiences with the Army JAG Corps were primarily in military criminal law, serving as an appellate judge, prosecutor, and Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Military Law at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point,” said Dean Schenck. “I served in the U.S. Army for 25 years, retired in the rank of Colonel, and received numerous medals and awards for my service.”
“I look forward to participating in regimental events, connecting with former comrades, and serving the members of the Army JAG Corps Regiment to the best of my ability,” she said.
At GW Law, she oversees the adjunct faculty members and is the Program Director for the National Security Programs which includes LLM Programs for U.S. Foreign Relations Law and Cybersecurity as well as the Cybersecurity MSL Program. She also teaches a course on military justice.
Her professional accomplishments have been many. In 2020, Dean Schenck received the U.S. Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for service on the Executive Review Panel for the Comprehensive Review of the Navy and Marine Corps Uniformed Legal Communities. In 2019, she was appointed as one of two Distinguished Members of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps Regiment.
Dean Schenck received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Providence College in 2018, and she authored Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials (3rd Ed.) (West Academic 2019).
At GW, in 2015, Dean Schenck received "The George Washington University Robert A. Chernak Spark a Life Award for Staff Member of the Year," presented to one university staff member for significant impact on a student organization. In 2014, she 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 is a mentor to so many of our students, and we know that she will serve in her honorary role with distinction,” said Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law.