DCEx Students Learn About Military Law and Law of War from Distinguished Guest Lecturer Joseph Rutigliano L’86

Posted on Monday 3/12/2018

On March 5, 2018, Distinguished Guest Lecturer Joseph Rutigliano L’86 hosted the Spring 2018 DC Externship participants at the Pentagon. Rutigliano currently serves as the Branch Head for the International and Operational Law Branch, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, as well as the Special Assistant on Law of War matters. 

Upon arrival participants enjoyed a private tour of the Pentagon from Rutigliano, where he took them to the Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial Chapel and through the President’s Corridor of Naval Service and Constitutional Hall. 

During his presentation, which was held in the Commandant of the US Marine Corps’ board room, Rutigliano discussed his experiences as a JAG officer and described his path to a career in the Pentagon. He told the students about various cases he handled as legal advisor and trial counsel in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War. He also described his role in the US Marine Corps Law of War issues that include rules of engagement and force used abroad, as well as the legal advice he gives to the US Department of Defense on matters of international law.