» Kyndra K. Rotunda
Professor, Executive Director, Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights & International Law & AMVETS Legal Clinic

Military Law and Policy Institute
Kyndra K. Rotunda
Office Location:
328 N. Glassell Street
Office Hours:
8AM-4:30PM
Phone:
714-628-2692
Email:
Website:
http://www.chapman.edu/research-and-institutions/military-law-institute/index.aspx
Education
University of Wyoming, Bachelor of Arts
University of Wyoming, Juris Doctor
Biography

Kyndra Rotunda is 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. She is also a Lecturer at Berkeley School of Law.

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 Reviews journals throughout the U.S., and her work has been widely quoted in the national press and law journals such as 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.

Rotunda is a regular radio and television commentator regarding military law, and the ongoing trials in Guantanamo Bay. She has appeared on numerous nationally syndicated radio and television shows, such as Al Jazeera, Fox News, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Miller Show and 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.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Policy Implications of the Bergdahl Swap, Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 16, 2014
The Dennis Miller Show, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Recovery and the Geneva Conventions Relative to Repatriating Prisoners of War, June 10, 2014
American Weekend, with Turi Ryder, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl legal analysis and potential criminal implications, June 29, 2014
Dennis Miller, Explanation and Analysis of the VA Reform Bill, August 6, 2014
Keynote Speaker, Golden Gate University, Military and Veterans Law Issues Du Jour, October 18, 2013
Self Inflicted Wound: How Military Regulations Prejudice Service Members, Kyndra Rotunda & Ariel Freilich, U Mass. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014.)
National Defense Authorization Act and Military Sexual Assault/Harassment: Sweeping Reform or Just Words? Vol. 55 No. 3, ORANGE COUNTY LAWYER (March 2013).
Huff Post Live, Huffington Post Online, Bradley Manning Trial, July 19, 2013
Huff Post Live, Huffington Post Online, Bradley Manning Verdict, July 23, 2013
The Dennis Miller Show, Military Sexual Assault and Harassment, February 19, 2013
Talk 910, KKSF with Gill Gross, Bradley Manning Verdict, San Francisco, July 31, 2013
Talk 910, KKSF with Gill Gross, Major Hasan Trial Analysis, San Francisco, August 23, 2013
The Dennis Miller Show, Major Hasan and Bradley Manning Trials, August 26, 2013
Talk 910, KKSF with Gill Gross, Major Hasan Verdict , San Francisco, August 29, 2013
America’s Radio News Network (nationally syndicated), Major Hasan Verdict and Appeals Process, August 30, 3013
A Short Comment on Current Detainee Policy: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back, 3 AKRON J. of CONSTITUTIONAL LAW & POLICY, 41 (2012)
Air Force Off base on Dismissals, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, (Josh Flynn-Brown and Kyndra Miller Rotunda, January 6, 2012 (letter to editor)
The Danger Zone, Television Interview, March 26, 2012
IN HER BOOTS, Chapman University Community Voices Documentary Film, Film Consultant, May 2012
The Danger Zone, Television Appearance, March 26, 2012
The Kudlow Report, CNBC, Military Voting and the MOVE Act, November 2012
KNX 1070, News Radio, Legal Issues Related to Guantanamo Bay, with morning news anchor, Dick Helton, CBS Los Angeles, January 11, 2012
The Dennis Miller Show, February 2, 2012, Terminations of Air Force Officers and the proposed Keep America’s Promises Act
KQED, San Francisco Public Radio, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a defense in the SSG Bales case, March 20, 2012
MILITARY AND VETERANS LAW (Thomson/West, May 2011)
Geneva Conventions Support Keeping Gitmo Open, THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE, January 21, 2011 (op-ed)
Stop encouraging female soldiers to wear headscarves in Afghanistan, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 8, 2011 (op-ed)
No vote for you – how the US disenfranchises America’s heroes, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, Thursday, August 25, 2011 at p. 1, (op-ed)
The Air Force Grounds its Officers, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Josh Flynn-Brown and Kyndra Miller Rotunda, December 28, 2011 (op-ed)
ABC News Channel 10, Television Interview, Military Voting Statistics, September 4, 2011
USA Today, Web Debate, Legal Analysis and Commentary Regarding Recent Executive Orders
The Dennis Miller Show, Legalities of detaining enemy combatants in U.S. Prisons, January 24, 2011
G. Gordon Liddy Show, Legal Analysis of Issues in the War on Terror, March 9, 2011
The Dennis Miller Show, Commentary and legal analysis on current and controversial topics, March 25, 2011
The Laura Ingraham Show, Deployed female Soldiers wearing Muslim Headscarves in Afghanistan, April 4, 2011
Dateline Washington, Military Commissions Resuming in Guantanamo Bay, April 5, 2011
The Dennis Miller Show, Resuming Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, April 7, 2011
WTCM Talk News 850 (Michigan), Deployed Soldiers wearing Headscarves in Afghanistan, April 8, 2011
The Dennis Miller Show, Air Force Terminations and Legal Violations, November 11, 2011
The Dennis Miller Show, Air Force Terminations and Legal Violations, November 11, 2011
The Don Kroah Show, Legal Implications of Air Force Terminations, WAVA Radio, Arlington VA, November 2011
The Carl Bott Show, KCNR 1460, Air Force Terminations, December 22, 2011
Halting Military Trials in Guantanamo Bay: Can the President Call a Time Out? 19 MICHIGAN STATE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, 95 (Fall 2010.)
Kagan’s Anti-Military Campaign, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, May 19, 2010 (op-ed)
The Danger Zone, Interrogation Techniques and Terrorism Trials, London & Washington D.C., February 11, 2010.
Dateline Washington, Greg Corombos, Impact of Zazi Plea, victory or fortuity? Washington, D.C., February 23, 2010
CNS News, Nomination of Solicitor General Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., May 10, 2010
The Dennis Miller Show, Guantanamo Bay, Miranda Rights and Elena Kagan, May 25, 2010