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September 22- Marine Corps’ Chief of Oral History to discuss military commissions for alleged Al Queda operatives


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Gulfport, Fla. – Dr. Gary Solis, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Chief of Oral History will deliver two presentations at Stetson University College of Law, Tuesday, Sept. 23, at noon and 5 p.m. in Stetson’s Great Hall.

In response to 9/11, the Bush Administration urged using military commissions rather than civilian courts to try alleged Al Queda operatives. Dr. Solis will review the constitutionality of these commissions.

Dr. Solis is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who served two Vietnam tours. A former Marine Corps judge advocate and military judge, Dr. Solis attended law school at the University of California at Davis and holds a Master of Laws degree in criminal law from George Washington University.

He earned a Ph.D. in law of war from The London School of Economics & Political Science, where he taught law for three years. He taught at the United States Military Academy from 1996-2001, receiving Phi Kappa Phi’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service and Superior Civilian Service medals. At West Point he founded and directed the Academy’s law of war program. He currently teaches the law of war at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, in San Remo, Italy, and at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is an adjunct professor.

His books are Marines and Military Law in Vietnam and the award-winning Son Thang: An American War Crime. His articles have appeared in law journals, magazines, and newspapers. He was the United States Naval Institute’s 1997 Author of the Year, and is a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.