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Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy

Name: David Fawal
Rank: Commander
Service: US Navy
Status: Active Reserve
Billet: JAG - Judge Advocate General

Commander David Fawal is a Palestinian Arab-American, whose parents were born in the West Bank town of Ramallah." David is an Alabama native, who graduated Cum Laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 1986. He graduated from Cumberland School of Law, Stamford University (J.D.) in 1990. While in law school, he was Associate Managing Editor of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, and a member of the Trial Advocacy Board.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for Heninger, Burge & Vargo and as an intern for the Honorable Joseph J. Jasper, Senior Criminal Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit (1988).

In 1990, David entered the Judge advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Navy. David compiled an outstanding trial record as a prosecutor at the Naval Legal Service Office in San Francisco, California, beginning in 1991. He was later promoted to Senior Prosecutor, supervising all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard courts-martial in Northern California.

From 1993 to February 1995, David served as Staff Judge Advocate to the Commander, Destroyer Squadron 4, Charleston, South Carolina. He was responsible for providing advice on issues such as criminal law and courts-martial, environmental law, admiralty, standards of conduct and ethics, landlord/tenant law, contract law, debt resolution, family law and claims litigation. David is currently a Commander in the U. S.
Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps.

David's personal military awards include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award).

David is a member of the Birmingham (Professional Ethics Committee) and Alabama State Bar Associations (Military Law Committee), and is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Alabama Federal District Courts.




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