Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Richard Pregent '79 will visit Albany Law School on Thursday, April 6, as this semester's Alumnus in Residence.
While on campus, Colonel Pregent—now a national security legal advisor—will deliver the public lecture "Reflexive Service: Life and Times of a Career in the Military" at 4 p.m. in the 1928 Building, Room 200. He will also meet with students during a luncheon at the Career and Professional Development Center and in Professor Donna Young's Criminal Law class.
Colonel Pregent served as a Judge Advocate for nearly 30 years. He was posted to a variety of operational billets in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. These tours included Rwanda in 1994; NATO LEGAD for Kosovo Forces, 2001-2002; NATO LEGAD for Allied Forces South, 2002-2004; Deputy General Counsel for the Coalition Provisional Authority during the occupation of Iraq; and a second tour in Iraq as the Director of the Law and Order Task Force as well as the Interagency Rule of Law Coordinating Center, 2008-2009. His last active duty position was as the Chief of the International and Operational Law Division at the U.S. Army Office of The Judge Advocate General. From 2011 to 2016 he served as the legal advisor to NATO's Allied Command Counter-intelligence. He is now serving in a Defense Senior Intelligence Leader post as the National Security Legal Advisor at the Army's Office of The Judge Advocate General.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College (1976), his J.D. from Albany Law School (1979), and his Master of Laws from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School (1990). His publications include "Torture, Interrogation, Counter-Terrorism, and the Rule of Law," Chapter 20 of
Counter-Terrorism International Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2012); and "NATO, Cyber Defense, and International Law,"
St. John's Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 4, No. 1. (Fall 2013).
Colonel Pregent is a Chevalier in the Ordre National du Merite (France). His other awards include the Legion of Merit (1OLC), Bronze Star (1OLC), Defense and Army Meritorious Service Medals, and Joint and Humanitarian Service Medals. He wore the Parachutist, Department of the Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff Badges.
Albany Law School's Alumni in Residence program, inaugurated in 1992, was designed to bring the law school's most distinguished graduates into the classroom to share their expertise with students and to raise awareness about the potential of an Albany Law School degree.
A reception will follow the April 6 lecture. For more information, visit