Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture

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Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture

Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy

Katy and Gene SimondsThe Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy was established through a gift from Emma K. (Katy) Simonds, a longtime supporter of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the southern Illinois region. The funds support a lecture, symposium or debate each year on a topic of current or recurring public interest, which explores common sense solutions to issues related to the common good by applying the principles of limited government, popular sovereignty, personal liberty, personal responsibility and federalism.


Gene and Katy Simonds Lecture

"Recent and Current Reform Efforts to the Uniform Code of Military Justice"

presented by Victor Hansen

Thursday, April 6 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building Courtroom


Victor Hansen

PROFESSOR VICTOR HANSEN teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, national security law and prosecutorial ethics at New England Law | Boston. Before joining the New England faculty in 2005, he served 20 years in the Army, with most of that time as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer. In his last military assignment, he served as a regional defense counsel for the Army Trial Defense Service. His previous assignments included work as a military prosecutor and supervising prosecutor. He has been involved in military capital litigation as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He also served as an associate professor of law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Professor Hansen authored several articles on criminal and military law, evidence and national security issues, including an article published in the Gonzaga Law Review titled “Lessons from Abu Ghraib: Time for the U.S. to Adopt a Standard of Command Responsibility Towards its Own,” and co- authored an article in Roger Williams Law Review titled “The Case Against Secret Evidence.” Hansen also co-authored the treatises “Military Crimes and Defenses” and “Military Rules of Evidence,” both published by Lexis-Nexis. He has published op-eds in the Washington Post and other publications on military and national security topics, and he is a frequent media commentator on military legal topics. He has also testified before congressionally appointed commissions and other government agencies regarding military justice reform.


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