Thursday, August 4, 2011

AAAdvocacy Day: LCDR Chris Phan Will Present Opening Remarks

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Lieutenant Commander Christopher V. Phan is a United States Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps* officer who is currently recalled to active duty for one year to serve as legal counsel for our wounded troops in the Wounded, Ill, and Injured program at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Norfolk, VA.

Chris immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when he was nine years old. His family and he settled in Carmel, Indiana. After high school, Chris attended college at Indiana University. Chris then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law where he was editor of the school's law journal.

Chris graduated from law school in 1999 and joined the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps after he passed the Illinois Bar. After completing Officer Indoctrination School and Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to Naval Legal Service Office, Branch Office Earle, New Jersey in April 2001 for his first tour of duty. At Earle, Chris served as defense counsel, legal assistance attorney, and Branch Head.

Chris reported to the Trial Service Office, Yokosuka, Japan in July 2003 and served as a Navy prosecutor. He then served as Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group One from May 2005-May 2007. During this time, he deployed to Iraq with a SEAL squadron for six months. His primary duties there included detainee operations and advising Commanders on the rules of engagement and the Geneva Convention regulations.

Upon his return to California from Iraq and passing the CA Bar, he decided to make California his home. Chris resigned from active duty in June 2008, opened his law practice in Fountain Valley, CA, and worked as a government contracts attorney for the Navy Office of General Counsel before he was recalled to active duty.

* Christopher Phan is a member of the United States Navy Reserve. Use of his military rank and department do not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.

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