U.S. Military Court Holds Hearing at College of Law

The U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals held a hearing at the law school last week during the court’s only visit to a law school this year.

The court, which hears and decides appeals of Air Force court-martial convictions, usually sits in Washington, D.C. But this year, Brigadier General Thomas Hemingway BA ’62, JD ’65, was instrumental in bringing the court to Willamette. Hemingway, who retired from active duty in 2007, had a long and disguised career as a military lawyer, including service as Legal to the Appointing Authority of Military Commissions, Director of the U.S. Air Force Judiciary, and Chief of Military Justice in the Office of Judge Advocate General.  Last year he received the law school’s outstanding alumni award.

First-year students, faculty members and law school administrators attended the appeals court hearing, which involved a sex harassment case from 2010.

The three judges who heard the case were Colonel Holly Stone, chief appellate military judge; Colonel J. Bradley Roan, senior appellate military judge; and Colonel Louis J. Cherry, appellate military judge. The judges mingled with students and faculty at a reception after the hearing.

This is the second time in less than a year that students have had the opportunity to observe a federal court in action at the law school. Last fall, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard cases involving patent disputes and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

“The College of Law was honored to serve as host for such a distinguished court and our students were privileged to watch such outstanding jurists and advocates at work,” Dean Peter Letsou said. “We’re very grateful both for court’s visit and for Brigadier General Hemingway’s efforts on College of Law’s behalf.”