March 16, 2010
Major General Butch Tate, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army and Commander of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, visited Colorado Law yesterday to talk with students about the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Maj. Gen. Tate spoke to a group of 1Ls and 2Ls about the JAG Corps program in general and the internship opportunities the program offers to law students. In addition, Maj. Gen. Tate gave advice to two Colorado Law students in the process of applying to JAG.“One things he said that made an impression on me was that both military officers and lawyers swear to defend and uphold the Constitution,” said Capt. David Pigott '11 who is participating in the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP). “While they employ different methods, they share the goal of preserving our nation’s most fundamental values.”During his talk, Maj. Gen. Tate complimented Colorado Law on its commitment to service, commenting that the school is one of the most public-interest conscious schools he has visited. He also stated that Colorado Law has 27 alumni actively serving in the JAG program.Maj. Gen. Tate is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and holds an LLM in Military Law and a masters degree in National Security Strategy. Major General Tate has held a variety of positions, including: Senior Trial Counsel, 82nd Airborne Division; Professor of Criminal Law, The Judge Advocate General’s School, Army; Commanding General and Commandant, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), Charlottesville, Virginia; and Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA). Maj. Gen. Tate’s decorations include the Legion of Merit with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. He is also entitled to wear the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, numerous foreign airborne badges, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.