Law Alumnus, Army Reservist to Discuss Rule of Law in Afghanistan

Lexington, VA Monday, March 15, 2010

LTC Kevin Rardin '84L
On Wednesday, March 17, Washington and Lee School of Law alumnus Kevin Rardin '84L will speak about the rule of law in Afghanistan and his experiences as an attorney working for Lawyers without Borders.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom A, Sydney Lewis Hall. Rardin's visit is sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa Law Society (MENA), the International Law Society, and the Transnational Law Institute. This event is open to the public at no charge.

For the last 24 years, Rardin has served as an assistant district attorney in Memphis, TN. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army reserves and went on active duty in 2007-08 to serve as a Judge Advocate for U.S. forces and legal mentor to the judge advocates in the Afghan Army's 205th Corps. 

Rardin earned a Bronze Star medal for his service in Afghanistan.  His citation credits him with providing invaluable expertise across on array of legal areas, including Military Law, Detainee Operations, and Afghan Police Law.  As a mentor to the judge advocates in the Afghan Army, Rardin observed court martials and monitored military prison conditions. He also provided instruction in the Law of Armed Conflict and Afghan Constitutional Law.

It was through Rardin that the School learned of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, a joint effort between the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the American legal community to help the Afghan people establish a fair and transparent justice system. W&L agreed to take two of the six Afghan law students accepted into the State Department program for legal training in the U.S.

The Middle East and North Africa Law Society (MENA) brings together students, alumni, faculty, and professionals dedicated to surveying and analyzing the economic, legal, political, and cultural issues of the Middle East and North Africa. The group also serves as a networking hub to assist students with exploring job opportunities in the region and has already helped two students secure clerkships and summer internships with government institutions and law firms in Dubai.

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