Vice Admiral James W.
Crawford III ’83, the 43rd judge
advocate general of the Navy, will deliver the Commencement address for the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. The law school Commencement
service will take place on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in Carmichael Arena.
UNC School of Law Dean Martin
Brinkley will preside during the ceremony. Crawford was selected by the Student Bar Association to address this year’s graduating class.
After graduating from Belmont
Abbey College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Crawford
was commissioned in the U.S. Navy through the Judge Advocate General (JAG)
Corps Student Program during his second year of law school at UNC. He later
earned a Master of Laws degree (Ocean and Coastal Law) from the University of
Miami School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and
Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Crawford began his legal career
as a defense counsel at the Naval Legal
Service Trial Defense Activity, Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He previously served as a deputy
judge advocate general of the Navy and commander, Naval Legal Service Command
from 2012-2015. Before that, he served as commander NATO Rule of Law Field Support
Mission/Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan.
As the 43rd judge advocate general of the
Navy, Crawford is the principal military legal counsel to the secretary of the
Navy and chief of naval operations. He also serves as the representative for
ocean policy affairs (REPOPA) for the Department of Defense. Crawford leads
2,300 attorneys in the worldwide Navy JAG Corps community.
Learn more about UNC School of
Law's 2017 Commencement.
-May 4, 2017