Vice Admiral James W. Crawford III ’83 to Speak at Commencement

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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

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