The Olympia World Affairs Council speaker’s series continues on Thursday, May 21st with Jack F. Nevin, District Court Judge and Chief Judge U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Thursday, May 21
Olympia Center, Room 101
TOPIC: “Dictatorship to Democracy”
Jack Nevin has helped emerging democracies throughout the world create effective justice systems to sustain and support a representative form of government. He has worked in this capacity in such diverse regions as the former Soviet Union, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador and Argentina. His background in the US Army as a Brigadier General and his legal experience as Chief Judge of the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals has well prepared him for this demanding role.
He is currently a District Court Judge in Tacoma, Washington, but his responsibilities are amazing in their breadth. Judge Nevin has lectured on human rights in the African country of Malawi, has served as Presiding Judge for the Detention Review Commission in Kosovo and has helped the government of El Salvador in establishing the first victim assistance program. More recently he has focused his effort in the areas of post-conflict governance. He has been involved in judicial training and the development of a new criminal code in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the former Soviet Union; he has lectured in Argentina on the development of public disclosure legislation; and most recently he has contributed to a long-term project on reconstruction of the Iraqi court system.
Prior to his appointment to the Washington State bench, Judge Nevin’s practice focused on prosecution of organized criminal groups, including investigation of public corruption. In 2002 he was chosen Washington State Judge of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.
Judge Nevin has taught on the undergraduate and graduate level for twenty-four years. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the Seattle University School of Law. He is a graduate of Washington State University and holds both MBA and JD degrees from Gonzaga University.
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