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Kyndra Rotunda is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, and helped to launched Berkeley's Veterans Practicum, which she co-teaches. She is also an Associate Professor of Military & International Law and Executive Director of the Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights and International Law & AMVETS Legal Clinic at Chapman University.
Professor Rotunda is the author of several books including, Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials ( Carolina Academic Press, June 2008), Military & Veterans Law (Thomson/West Publishing, May 2011) and Transformative Client Interview and Counseling, which will be published in 2012 (Carolina Academic Press.)
Professor Rotunda is the founding Director of the AMVETS Legal Clinic which launched in January, 2009. Institute faculty and clinical fellows under her direction represent active duty military families, and veterans, in all types of civil legal disputes with a particular emphasis on combat wounded troops.
Rotunda formerly directed the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Service Members at George Mason School of Law.
Professor Rotunda is regarded as a leading expert in military law. She has coordinated with the National Veteran's Legal Services Program (a National Veterans Group) to produce instructional DVDs, and to author a corresponding outline, about military disability law. These materials are used to help train lawyers around the country.
Professor Rotunda has also published several law review articles in law review journals throughout the U.S., and her work has been widely quoted in the national press and law journals such as the Columbia Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Southern Methodist University Law Review, Temple Law Review and Vanderbilt Law Review.
Rotunda began her career in the US Army JAG Corps, where she held the rank of Major. She has served in several missions related to the global war on terror. She served in Guantanamo Bay; was the legal advisor to a team of investigators pursuing leads in the war on terror; served as a prosecutor at the Office of Military Commissions; and represented wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was the lawyer assigned to Jessica Lynch after Lynch's rescue.
Professor Rotunda's op-eds have appeared in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times, The New York Sun, and The Orange County Register.
Professor Rotunda is a regular radio and television commentator regarding military law, and the ongoing trials in Guantanamo Bay. She has been quoted in major newspapers including USA Today, the Washington Post, and Time Magazine's online edition. She has also appeared on numerous nationally syndicated radio and television shows, such as Al Jazeera, Fox News, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Miller Show, the Jim Bohannan Show, Hannity's America, and the Brit Hume Report.
Rotunda has also testified before Congress about issues related to Guantanamo Bay, and issues impacting U.S. troops.
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