American University Washington College of Law Welcomes New Staff to the
National Institute of Military Justice

$1.5 Million Grant Allows Expansion of Institute Dedicated to Fair Administration of Military Justice

Contact: Franki Fitterer, American University Washington College of Law, 202-274-4279 or


WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 24, 2008 — American University Washington College of Law (WCL) welcomes Michelle Lindo McCluer and Jonathan Tracy to the National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ). 

“NIMJ is honored to have two outstanding military lawyers join our staff,” said Eugene R. Fidell, president of NIMJ. “They bring diverse and extensive backgrounds to the organization and will have an extremely positive impact on NIMJ’s future.”

Lindo McCluer, who will serve as director, comes to WCL after nearly 11 years as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force, during which she focused on military justice practice.  She served tours as a trial counsel and then base defense counsel in South Dakota, a senior defense counsel for the Pacific Rim, and as appellate government counsel in Washington, D.C., before ending her active duty service as the deputy staff judge advocate at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Tracy, who will serve as assistant director, was previously a National Security and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.  He also worked as a military and legal consultant for the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, where he developed policy and advocated for U.S. government officials to provide greater humanitarian assistance to civilian victims of U.S. armed conflicts.  Tracy was a judge advocate in the U.S. Armyfrom 2002 until 2005. He was assigned to the First Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany, and deployed with that unit to Baghdad for 14 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Washington College of Law is also pleased to announce that the National Institute of Military Justice is operating under a three year, more than $1.5 million coordinated grant funded by The Open Society Institute, the JEHT Foundation, and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The grants will enable NIMJ to make significant contributions in two areas: (1) the administration of justice by military commissions and otherwise with respect to those detained as unlawful enemy combatants in the “Global War on Terror,” and (2) the administration of military justice. 

NIMJ was founded in 1991 to advance the fair administration of military justice and foster improved public understanding of the military justice system.  NIMJ became affiliated with WCL in 2005.