Leadership in Law, Business, and National Security

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Join the Business & Finance Law Program and the National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law Program for a panel discussion on the qualities useful or necessary for leaders of the future. Education about good judgment and leadership in unforeseeable and complex contexts poses different challenges than the teaching of specialized areas of expertise, such as law, economics, or military science. These sorts of leadership qualities have sometimes been categorized as elements of "practical wisdom" and traditionally thought to be learned best through hard-won experience. 

Nonetheless, good judgment and leadership have been and remain qualities highly valued in lawyers by society.

The military is one U.S. institution that regards leadership and judgment as sufficiently important to devote significant effort to teaching it explicitly. This event features four uniquely experienced panelists who have directly addressed these questions in roles in which they are simultaneously educators and military officers to discuss these important issues.

Associate Dean Lisa M. Schenck will provide introductory remarks and Jeremy Pam, Director of the Business & Finance Law Program, will serve as moderator.


  • Major Ronald Alcala, JD '04, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, United States Military Academy
  • Brigadier General Michael Meese (Ret.), Executive Vice President, American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association; former Head, Department of Social Sciences and Professor, United States Military Academy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Shane Reeves, Deputy Head, Department of Law and Professor, United States Military Academy
  • Colonel Everett Spain, Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and Professor, United States Military Academy