If confirmed, Gregory E. Maggs of Virginia will serve as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Professor Greg Maggs currently serves as the Arthur Selwyn Miller Research Professor of Law and Co-Director of the National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law LL.M. Program at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he has taught since 1993. At GWU, Professor Maggs teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, counterterrorism, military justice, and national security law. He is the co-author of a leading military law casebook, Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials, and has published two related books, along with dozens of articles in the fields of constitutional law and national security. In addition to his academic work, Professor Maggs serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He received his commission in 1990 and was mobilized from 2007 to 2008. From 2007 to 2017, Professor Maggs served as a reserve trial and appellate military judge. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony M. Kennedy and to Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Maggs earned his A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and was designated a John Harvard Scholar, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as articles co-chair of the Harvard Law Review. He also earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.


One of the five seats on CAAF has been vacant since Senior Judge Erdmann’s 15-year term expired on July 31, 2017.

7 Responses to “President Trump announces candidate for CAAF judicial vacancy”

  1. jagaf says:

    Careful now; if too many of POTUS’s supporters find out (the eminently qualified) COL Maggs is forever tainted by his passing association with that bastion of evil, the pinko-commie 9th Circuit, they might fear the “swamp” is not actually being drained… 

  2. Proud American says:

    Outstanding pick. 

  3. (Former) ArmyTC says:

    Great pick! He is currently an IMA law professor at West Point, I believe. 

  4. Sea Lawyer says:

    Will the good colonel be forced to surrender his pension to serve on the court?

  5. Kettle Black says:

    Just to make sure I understand – the President has made a nomination that you support as “eminently qualified,” yet you still lob petty ad-hominem attacks at some strawman of his supporters?  Was that really necessary?

  6. jagaf says:

    @KB, correct, I think the nomination is a good one.
    Petty? Guilty as charged.
    Ad-hominem? Whether artful or not, I am ‘attacking’ the positions certain factions of POTUS’s supporters claim to advocate, for example, calls to disband the 9th Cir because of the temerity of some of its rulings, rather than merely attacking these supporters as people.
    Necessary? Not at all, but then I do say unnecessary, or even foolish, things on the internet from time to time; imagine that! 

  7. stewie says:

    Why is it always the folks who do the most attacking who cry the most when attacked?