Staff

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Dr. Dwight Stirling, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Dwight founded and manages the Center for Law and Military Policy.  Dwight is also an adjunct professor at the USC Gould Law School and a JAG officer in the California National Guard.  The co-founder of Veterans Legal Institute, Dwight is a leading scholar on the Feres Doctrine, military culture, and the National Guard.  View Dwight's CV, read his bio, and email him at dwight@centerforlaw.org

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Dallis Warshaw, Vice President and Secretary of the Board

Dallis oversees and coordinates the CLMP's policy initiatives and research endeavors. She serves as an advisor for the Journal of Law, Policy and Military Affairs, as Editor-in-Chief of the Sound Off blog, and host of the A World Apart podcast. Dallis is also a criminal defense attorney with the Kavinoky Law Firm. Email Dallis at dallis@centerforlaw.org.

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Marcia Marinovich, Director of Development

Marcia creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, including major gifts, corporate donations, grant proposals, and fundraising events. Email Marcia at marcia@centerforlaw.org.   

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David N. Young, Chief Strategist

David is working with the team to develop integrated outreach strategies to achieve exponential growth with measured outcomes. He is an internationally recognized public affairs strategist who has advised government officials, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations. Email David at david@centerforlaw.org

Nikki Roe

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Social Media Manager

Quentin Cronk

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Policy Analyst

Dimitris Papakosmas

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Video Content Producer

Mark Umanzor

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Policy Analyst

Claudia Ortiz Rueda

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Assistant Grant Writer

Jaron Cofield

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Student Policy Analyst

Michael Dawud

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Student Policy Analyst

Ben Motley

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Assistant Grant Writer

Jonathan Umanzor

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Student Policy Analyst

Hamed Noory

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Student Policy Analyst, Loyola Law School

Matthew Lippold

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Student Policy Analyst, USC Law School

Jordan Battaglia

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Student Policy Analyst, Pomona College

Adrian Reyna

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Student Policy Analyst, Long Beach State

Scott Shapses

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Student Policy Analyst, USC Law School

Christian Craft

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Student Policy Analyst, Newport Harbor High School

Ashley Berdelis

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Student Policy Analyst, Huntington Beach High School

Zayn Aga

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Student Policy Analyst, Syracuse University

Simon Gilbert

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Social Media Intern

Lindsey Lorenzana

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Policy Analyst

Jady Chan

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Social Media Intern

Jillian Surdilla

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Fundraising Assistant

Board of Directors

Robert McFetridge - Vice Chairman of the Board

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Robert is a Retired Colonel in the United States Army, where he served as a Staff Judge Advocate of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army's senior ethics adviser. He is also a former senior attorney with the Veterans Administration.

Laura Riley

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Laura is a law professor at USC Gould School of Law. She practiced public interest law in Los Angeles for close to a decade working in the disability rights, gender justice, and veterans law fields. She has published many consumer and legal articles, a Rutter Guide chapter on disability rights discrimination, and two amicus briefs to the United States Supreme 

Allison Jaslow

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Allison, an Iraq War Veteran, is the Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  She previously served as the Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Jen Burch

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Jen, a former Air Force Staff Sergeant, is the Director of Valor Bridge, a transition program created to address the unique needs of veterans exiting the military.

John Wallace

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John is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, where he served as a JAG Officer. He spent his civilian legal career doing insurance defense, most recently with Farmers. He is now a professional mediator and attorney.

Grant Frazier

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Grant is a third-year law student at ASU’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.  He currently serves as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the CLMP’s Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affairs, the CLMP's flagship legal journal.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Jurimetrics Journal Center.

Charlotte Clymer

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Charlotte is the Press Secretary for Human Rights Campaign. Her work has appeared in GQ, NBC News, and The New York Times.

Mike Cardoza

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Mike is a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he has tried countless cases in federal and state courtrooms. A veteran of the war in Iraq, Mike is the founder of The Cardoza Law Corporation, a law firm which protects the civil rights of service members.

Melissa Aprigliano

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Melissa is a Vice President at Bank of America Corporation in their Global Technology and Operations Division. Melissa is most honored to have been raised and mentored by her veteran grandfather, Major A. Thomas, who led a life of service as both a California special education teacher and WWII Army Air Corps pilot. 

Mark Frazier

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Mark is a Senior Partner, Rutan & Tucker's Costa Mesa office. He has litigated cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts as well as counseled clients many substantive areas for the past three decades. He advises clients on early identification of potential disputes, dispute avoidance and cost-effective approaches for early resolution of litigation. 

Carlos Yguico

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Carlos is a commercial litigator and partner at Gemmill, Baldridge & Yguico  in Los Angeles, California. He is a retired JAG Officer, specializing in defense work. During his JAG career, he defended 43 service members at court-martial proceedings, securing  37 defense verdicts. 

Dr. Kent Rhodes

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Dr. Rhodes is a tenured professor at Pepperdine University.  A preeminent scholar in the arenas of business and organizational leadership, Dr. Rhodes has appointments at both the Graziadio School of Business and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.   

Advisory Council

Dr. Francine Banner

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Dr. Banner is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Michigan who also teaches in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on gender, law, and conflict in many forms. She has written extensively about sexual assault in the military.

Scott Cramer

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Scott served 42 years in the Department of Navy with 26 years as an active duty Marine Corps officer (retired as a Lieutenant Colonel) and 16 years as federal employee (GS15). His military highlights include serving as a commanding officer of over 400 Marines and a four year tour on The Joint Staff at the Pentagon. 

Nidia Flemming

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Nidia is an Army veteran and a survivor of military sexual assault. She speaks nationally about her devastating military experiences and the effect it has had on her life. Holding a Masters in Psychology, Nidia runs a therapy program that specializes in teaching coping skills to those affected by traumatic experiences.

Michael Baroni

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Michael Baroni is a career general counsel with companies in technology, entertainment and manufacturing.  He is currently General Counsel of Palace Entertainment.  He is past president of the Orange County Bar Association.  He has published over 120 articles and appeared on dozens of radio programs. 

Hector Barajas

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Hector is an Army veterans and founder of the Deported Veterans Support House. A former deported veteran himself, he strives to support deported veterans on their path to self-sufficiency by providing assistance in the realms of food, clothing, shelter and resource centers as they adjust to life in their new country of residence.

Don Christensen

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Don Christensen is President of Protect Our Defenders. He served as chief prosecutor for the United States Air Force between 2010 and 2014.  He appears regularly in broadcast and print media to advocate for rights of crime victims, including appearances on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC. He also testifies regularly before Congress.  

Susan Burke

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Susan is a renowned national attorney, known best for her advocacy for survivors of military sexual trauma.  In 2014, she collaborated with filmmakers who produced “The Invisible War,” a documentary about the lack of justice for military rape victims. Named one of the 75 female attorneys in the country, Susan appears as a guest on many TV shows, including Nightline, CNN, and the PBS News Hour.

Sarah Blum

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Sarah is a decorated Vietnam veteran who earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital Cu Chi, Vietnam, during the height of the fighting in 1967.  The author of Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military, Susan is a practicing nurse psychotherapist with over 35 years of experience healing PTSD.

Kevin Snyder

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Kevin is principal attorney of Snyder Law, P.C. in Irvine, California. He specializes in defending military veterans in Diversion and Veterans Treatment Court. Formerly, he was a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County.

Andrew Culberson

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Andrew is the Assistant Director of Career Advising for ADR, USC Gould School of Law. Andrew works with students studying Alternative Dispute Resolution to launch and grow their careers. Prior to joining USC Gould, Andrew served as Director of the Los Angeles County bar Association's Civic Mediation Project and Veterans Legal Services Project.  

Maureen Elias

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Maureen serves as the Assistant Director of The Veterans Health Council at Vietnam Veterans of America.  She gives workshops and speeches on topics such as suicide, PTSD, Secondary PTSD, and substance use disorder. Maureen served as a counterintelligence agent in the United States Army from 2001-2006.

Justin Rich

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Justin Rich is a medically retired Army veteran who proudly continues his service by advocating and educating his fellow servicemembers. After service Justin created and served as an advisor to Florida’s 4thJudicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office for Veteran Treatment Court. Presently Justin serves as the Vice President of the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide where he connects community, private, and governmental organizations together through education and research projects.

Dr. Kristen Zaleski

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Dr. Zaleski is a Clinical Associate Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, focused on sexual assault victims and psychotherapy. The author of Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma, she is one of the leading scholars in the field. The book was showcased at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2015. 

Carolyn Leps

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Carol is the daughter of Captain Francis H. Turner. Her father died as a result of a fire at Pine Camp, New York in 1948. Captain Turner saved many of his colleagues before succumbing to his injuries. Her mother's subsequent lawsuit against the contractor who caused the fire led to the famous 1950 Supreme Court case, Feres v. United States

Rachel VanLandingham

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Rachel is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, where she served as a JAG Office. A national security expert, she is a Professor of Law at  to the Southwestern Law School. She is a frequent commentator in the national media particularly regarding military justice and law of war issues. 

Kelly Wilson

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Kelly is an estate planning attorney, military family advocate, and navy spouse. She is a members of the San Diego Military Family Collaborative as well as a leader in the Military Spouse JD Network. 

Alexis Witt

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Alexis lost her husband, Air Force Staff Sgt. Dean Witt, in an egregious example of medical malpractice. Her suit, Witt v. U.S., was dismissed by the judiciary on the grounds of the Feres Doctrine.   

Heath Phillips

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Heath is a Navy veteran and military sexual assault survivor. He has worked with groups such as Protect our Defenders, the Service Womens' Action Network, and Human Rights Watch. He has also worked on numerous other bills, such as the Fairness for Vets Act, the MSA Transparency and Accountability Act, and the Military Justice Improvement Act. 

Jessie D'Agostino

Jessie is the Chief Mental Health Patient Services at the VA Hospital in Long Beach.