Brigadier General James Schwenk, United States Marine Corps, Retired


Brigadier General James Schwenk, retired from the Marine Corps in 2000 and from civil service in 2014, after 49 years of Federal Service.  As a Marine Corps judge advocate, he has served as a trial counsel, defense counsel, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Staff Judge Advocate, Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Navy, Head of Operational Law Branch at Headquarters Marine Corps, Deputy Director of Legal and Legislative Policy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Policy, Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy for Military Law, and Military Assistant to the DoD General Counsel.  Upon retiring from active duty, BGen Schwenk served for fourteen years in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense as Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel, specializing in Personnel Policy, Military Justice and Civil Support.  He was the principal legal advisor for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the provision of benefits to same-sex spouses of military personnel.  In addition, he was the principal legal advisor to numerous DoD working groups in the area of military personnel policy, working extensively with the White House and Congress.  BGen Schwenk attended the Washington College of Law, American University, earning his J.D. in 1977.

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