John F. Naughton

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Colonel John F. Naughton, USA (Ret.), graduated from Washington and Jefferson College (B.A. 1963) and from Duquesne University School of Law (J.D. 1966). He received an LL.M. degree from Northwestern University Law School in 1971.

His military assignments included tours of duty in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and several in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Pentagon. As a member Judge Advocate General's Corps, he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, legal advisor for the Directorate for Civil Disturbance Planning and Operations, legal advisor for the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, and for more than half of his career as a military trial judge and criminal appeals court judge. 

As an appellate judge, he authored numerous opinions many of which are published in West's Military Justice Reporter. These opinions involved substantive criminal law matters, as well as the resolution of constitutional, evidentiary, and procedural issues, including the death penalty. He also lectured at various military judicial conferences on the techniques and efficiencies of trying complex felony criminal cases and avoiding appellate litigation.

Colonel Naughton retired from the Army in 1993 and now resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Since 1995 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law in Trial Advocacy at The George Washington University Law School. He is also a member of the faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.

He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Benefits, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


BA, Washington and Jefferson College; JD, Duquesne University; LLM, Northwestern University