Lisa M. Schenck

Lisa Schenck
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, Director of the National Security Law Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Associate Dean Lisa M. Schenck oversees the adjunct faculty members at GW Law 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 military justice as a professorial lecturer in law. Dean 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 Corps. In 2002, she was appointed as a military judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. In 2003, she received the Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award (Army). In 2005, Dean Schenck was the first woman appointed as a Senior Judge on that court, where she served until she retired. She concurrently served as an Associate Judge on the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review after her appointment by the Secretary of Defense in 2007. Dean Schenck retired in 2008 as a U.S. Army colonel and became the Senior Adviser to the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. 

As an Army attorney, Dean Schenck held a variety of positions. Her professional experience includes positions such as Environmental Attorney and Department of the Army Criminal Law Division's Executive Officer. 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 National 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 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 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. In 2018, Dean Schenck received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Providence College. 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, 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.

Appointed by the Department of Defense (DoD) General Counsel, Dean Schenck served from 2014 to 2018 on the Uniform Code of Military Justice Code Committee to make recommendations to the Secretary of Defense, President, and Congress to improve military justice. Appointed by the Secretary of Defense, Dean Schenck served on the DoD's Judicial Proceeding Panel Subcommittee from 2015 to 2017 and the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel Victim Services Subcommittee from 2013 to 2014. Appointed by the Secretary of the Air Force, Dean Schenck served as a consultant for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board's study, "The Combating of Sexual Assault," 2013 to 2015. 

Dean Schenck serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security and as a Liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law. She also serves on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council’s Military Claims and Civilian Pay Committee.

Dean Schenck recently authored Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials (3rd Ed.) (West Academic 2019). She also has authored numerous articles including, "Just the Facts Ma'am": How Military Appellate Courts Rely on Factual Sufficiency Review to Overturn Sexual Assault Cases When Victims Are “Incapacitated,” 45 Southwestern Law Review 522 (2016); "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, LLD (honorary), Providence College