Elizabeth Kubala joins the Office of Clinical Education as a Teaching Professor and the Executive Director of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC) in November 2019. At Syracuse University, Kubala will oversee VLC operations, supervise student attorneys in representation of veterans, teach the Veterans Legal Clinic Seminar, and support veteran community relations.
Kubala joins the Syracuse University College of Law from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, where she served since 2015 as a Senior Director, managing the delivery of programs and services across the nation for service members, veterans and their families.
Kubala retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel following 22 years of active service. She served in numerous staff and leadership positions throughout her military service, with her last assignment as a Military Judge while stationed at Fort Drum, NY.
Kubala received her commission as a military intelligence officer from West Point. Following graduation, she served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion intelligence officer at Fort Hood, Texas. Selected for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, she attended law school and then transitioned into the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.
As an Army lawyer, Kubala initially served as an administrative law attorney, ethics counselor, and prosecutor at Fort Hood, Texas. Later, while assigned to the Pentagon, she served as a legal advisor to the Army Inspector General, and then as a legal advisor to the Army Staff in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. From the Pentagon, she performed public affairs duties as the media spokesperson for the Military Commissions trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During an overseas tour in Germany, she served as the Executive Officer for the U.S. Army Europe’s legal office. For her final assignment in the Army, she presided over military courts-martial cases as a Military Judge at Fort Drum, New York.
Kubala earned her L.L.M. in 2005 from the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; J.D. in 2000 from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; and B.S. in 1993 from the United States Military Academy at West Point.