» Kyndra Rotunda
Professor, Executive Director, Military and Veterans Law Institute

Military Law and Policy Institute
Kyndra Rotunda
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University of Wyoming, Bachelor of Arts
University of Wyoming, Juris Doctor

Kyndra Rotunda is a Professor of Military & International Law and Executive Director of the Military and Veterans Law Institute. 

Professor Rotunda is author of several books including,  Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials ( Carolina Academic Press, June 2008),  Military & Veterans Law (Thomson/West Publishing, May 2011), Civil Remedies for Service Members (Thomson/West Publishing, forthcoming 2015) and Transformative Client Interview and Counseling (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming.)

Professor Rotunda is the founding Director of the Military Law and Veterans Institute (formerly 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. She also previously held a Lecturer appointment at Berkeley School of Law, where she co-founded the Veterans Legal Practicum.

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 is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and recipient of the Woman Making a Difference Award from the California State Senate. 

Professor Rotunda has also published several law review articles in Law Reviews journals throughout the U.S., including The Richmond University Law Review, The Michigan State Journal of International Law, Chapman Law Review, UMass Law Review, The Akron Constitutional Law Journal, The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court, and others.   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. Her work has also been featured in Time Magazine, the American Bar Association Magazine, The Orange County Lawyer, The LA Daily Journal and others.  

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, CNBC, The Huffington Post, USA Today Online, the Dennis Miller Show, the Jim Bohannan Show, Hannity's America, the Brit Hume Report, and others.

Rotunda has also testified before Congress about issues related to Guantanamo Bay, and issues impacting U.S. troops.

Kyndra Rotunda Publication's You Can Find on Amazon:

Honor Bound CoverHonor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials, Carolina Academic Press, (2008)
Military and Veteran Book CoverRotunda's Military and Veterans Law (American Casebook Series),West Academic publishing, (2011)
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Civil Protections and Remedies for Servicemembers, Thomson Reuters, July 2017
Speaker, US Court of Veterans Claims Conference, Maneuvering the VA's Sexual Assault and Harassment Provisions and Proposed Legal Reform, Washington, DC, April 2016
Consultant, Corpsman, Documentary Film, April 2016
Neighbors of Chapman, Veterans, Families and Elderly Find Help and Advice at Chapman Legal Centers, Oct. 2016
The 'Corrosive Culture' at Veterans Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Kyndra Rotunda, April 11, 2016 (op-ed)
Television Commentary, Fox and Friends, Fox News Network, Reforming the VA, July 11, 2016
Panelist, Women's Freedom Forum, Women Leadership, Key to Defeating Extremism, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, March 4, 2015
Panelist, Chapman Chats Veterans Panel, Chapman University, Issues Facing Student Veterans, Orange CA, September 15, 2015
Keynote Speaker, Chapman University, Town and Gown, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: Legal Issues Facing America's Heroes, Orange, CA, October 1, 2015
Consultant, On Two Fronts, Latinos & Vietnam, PBS, Documentary, March 2015
Military Sexual Assault Reform: A Balanced Approach, but what about Veterans? Kyndra Rotunda, Orange County Lawyer, Vol. 57 No. 11, November 2015
Self Inflicted Wounds: How Military Regulations Prejudice Service Members, Kyndra Rotunda and Ariel Freilich, 9 U. Mass L. Rev. 422, 2014.
VA Reforms - More Hurry up and Wait, The Wall Street Journal, Kyndra Miller Rotunda, October 18-19, 2014
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
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
MILITARY AND VETERANS LAW (Thomson/West, May 2011)
Honor Bound, Inside the Guantamao Trials, Carolina Academic Press, 2008
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
Geneva Conventions Support Keeping Gitmo Open, THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE, January 21, 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