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W. Hays Parks Headlines ABA Law and National Security Event

Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel, International Affairs, Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 15, 2010 — W. Hays Parks, former senior associate deputy general counsel, International Affairs Division, Department of Defense, will discuss the forthcoming U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual Nov. 18.  The event is part of the _ Standing Committee on Law and National Security breakfast program, and will be held at the University Club in Washington, D.C.

The new manual will replace previous manuals, necessary largely due to substantial treaty development over the past half century.  The manual is anticipated as the most comprehensive law of war publication by any government.

Parks has served more than 41 years of combined military and federal civilian service.  Recently retired on Oct. 29, he first entered federal service in 1963 as a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, serving as a reconnaissance battalion platoon leader.  After his service in Viet Nam (1968-1969) as an infantry officer and senior prosecuting attorney for the First Marine Division, Parks was assigned as the first Marine Corps representative at The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army.  He later served as a congressional liaison officer for the Secretary of the Navy; and as  chief, Law of War Branch, Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy.

Parks was the special assistant to The Judge Advocate General of the Army for Law of War Matters, 1979 – 2003.  He was a legal adviser for the 1986 air strike against terrorist-related targets in Libya and had primary responsibility for the investigation of Iraqi war crimes during its 1990 –1991 occupation of Kuwait.  In 1987 Parks was a staff member on the presidential commission established to examine alleged security breaches in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  In 1989 he prepared the U.S. government’s legal opinion defining assassination.  Parks has testified as an expert witness in cases against terrorists in the United States and Canada.

Who:
W. Hays Parks
Senior Associate Deputy General Counsel, International Affairs, Department. of Defense

What:
Standing Committee on Law and National Security Breakfast Program
Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

When:
Nov. 18
8 – 9 a.m.

Where:
University Club
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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