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Thomas Romig

Thomas Romig, Dean and Professor of Law at Washburn University, is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. Dean Romig most recently served as deputy chief counsel for operations and Acting Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration. Prior to joining the FAA, Dean Romig served four years as the 36th Judge Advocate General of the Army. He led and supervised an organization of more than 9,000 personnel comprised of 5,000 active and reserve military and civilian attorneys and more than 4,000 paralegal and support personnel spread throughout 328 separate offices in 22 countries. He oversaw a world-wide legal practice including civil and criminal litigation, international law, administrative law, labor and employment law, environmental law, claims, and ethics compliance. During his career, Dean Romig prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in Texas and taught international law at the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. His significant military positions included: Chief of Army Civil Law and Litigation and Chief of Military Law and Operations, both in Washington, D.C. His military legal assignments included Chief of Planning for the JAG Corps; Chief Legal Officer for Army Air Defense forces in Europe; and Chief Legal Officer for U.S. Army V Corps and U.S. Army forces in the Balkans. He received a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Kansas State University. He was commissioned through the Army ROTC program. After serving six years as a military intelligence officer, he was selected for the Army Fully Funded Law School program and graduated with honors from the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as an editor on the Santa Clara Law Review and as a member of the Honors Moot Court Board. Dean Romig's military service and leadership have earned him numerous decorations and badges. He retired from the Army JAG Corps in October 2005 after 34 years of service. In June 2009, the Kansas Bar Association awarded Dean Romig its Courageous Attorney Award. The Kansas Bar Association created the Courageous Attorney Award in 2000 to recognize a lawyer who displayed exceptional courage in the face of adversity, thus, bringing credit to the legal profession. The Courageous Attorney Award was presented to Dean Romig for his time as the Judge Advocate General of the Army when he took positions against waterboarding and other extraordinary methods of interrogation that were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and Uniform Code of Military Justice. This award is only given in those years when it is determined that there is a worthy recipient.

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