U.S. Air Force judge advocate general speaks at UGA School of Law
By Courtney E. Franchio, 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 11, 2007
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."