U.S. Air Force judge advocate general speaks at UGA School of Law

Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, speaks to a group of nearly 75 at the University of Georgia Law School.  General Rives, a UGA alumni, came to the area as part of Air Force Week Atlanta.

Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, speaks to a group of nearly 75 at the University of Georgia Law School. General Rives, a UGA alumni, came to the area as part of Air Force Week Atlanta.

Assistant Staff Judge Advocate Capt. Jennifer Powell (left) and Area Defense Counsel Attorney Capt. Wes McConnell (center), both from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., talk about opportunities to serve in the Air Force?s Judge Advocate General?s Corps to Cadet Brock Marsh (right) from Detachment 160 of the University of Georgia?s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.  The captains were at the University of Georgia during a visit from Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force.  General Rives, a UGA alumni, came to the area as part of Air Force Week Atlanta.

Assistant Staff Judge Advocate Capt. Jennifer Powell (left) and Area Defense Counsel Attorney Capt. Wes McConnell (center), both from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., talk about opportunities to serve in the Air Force?s Judge Advocate General?s Corps to Cadet Brock Marsh (right) from Detachment 160 of the University of Georgia?s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. The captains were at the University of Georgia during a visit from Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. General Rives, a UGA alumni, came to the area as part of Air Force Week Atlanta.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, the judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force, spoke to a group of nearly 75 at the University of Georgia Law School on Oct. 11. A 1976 graduate of the law school, Rives returned to Athens as part of Air Force Week Atlanta and spoke about his career in the military and his current appointment as head of the Air Force legal team.

"When I joined the Air Force, I only planned on staying in for four years," he said. "More than thirty years later, here I am." Rives credits his long career to having fun and being continuously challenged.

In his position, Rives is responsible for overseeing more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 550 civilians in the Air Force's Judge Advocate General's Corps worldwide. He also provides advice to the Air Staff on all legal issues.

"We are honored to have General Rives return to the law school to talk about his experiences as a lawyer in the military," said Associate Dean for Student Affairs Paul M. Kurtz. "It is not often that someone of this rank comes to campus and makes himself available to speak about the military."