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Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture Past

Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy


Victor Hansen

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

presented by Victor Hansen

Thursday, April 6, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building Auditorium

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.

2015 (Inaugural) 

"Reclaiming the Heroes and Lessons of the Black Tradition of Arms"

presented by Nichols J. Johnson

Thursday, March 31, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building Auditorium

Nicholas JohnsonNICHOLAS J. JOHNSON is a professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law and gun control/gun rights. He was a professor of legal studies in business at Franklin and Marshall College (1988-93), of counsel at Kirkpatrick and Lockhard (1990-93), vice president and co-owner of Westar Environmental Corp. (1988-90), and an associate at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius (1985-88). He is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School.

He is the author of two books, “Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms” and “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy” (with David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary and Michael P. O’Shea), and numerous articles. He frequently contributes to the media, including National Review Library of Law and Liberty, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC News, The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, ABC News and MSNBC.

Johnson’s work on firearms law has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United Sates, and he has testified before Congress on firearms law.