Colonel (Retired) Lawrence J. Morris


Colonel (Retired) Lawrence J. Morris is General Counsel, The Catholic University of America. COL(R) Morris served 27 years on active duty as an Army judge advocate (JA), including assignments as: the head of the Criminal Law department of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; Staff Judge Advocate to the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point; Staff Judge Advocate for the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; Chief of the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, where he was responsible for the work and professional training of all uniformed Army defense attorneys; and Chief Prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions, tasked with the prosecution of suspected 9/11 terrorists. He spent most of the first part of his career in alternating tours as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and chief prosecutor at posts in the U.S. and Europe. He also served in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. After retiring, COL(R) Morris was the Chief of Advocacy, Headquarters, U.S. Army, responsible for training Army prosecutors and defense counsel with an emphasis on the handling of sexual offenses. He is the author of Military Justice: A Guide to the Issues, published in 2010.

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