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First Wednesday Webinar: Military Commanders and the Law of Armed Conflict

Total Credits: 1 Illinois

National Security Law
Brigadier General Mark H. Clingan USMC |  Lieutenant Colonel Bret A. White |  John M. Geiringer
1 Hour 14 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 13, 2022
Product Type:
On Demand
Access for 1 year(s) after purchase.


Two perspectives: A military commander and a military attorney discuss military law and the Law of Armed Conflict from their distinct perspectives. Discussion points include Law of Armed Conflict principles and application in military operations, targeting considerations, a commander’s decision-making, accountability, and lessons learned from two careers of military service and experience.

*The opinions expressed during this presentation represent the opinions of the presenters and do not represent the views of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department Defense, or the United States Government. 


Brigadier General Mark H. Clingan USMC's Profile

Brigadier General Mark H. Clingan USMC Related seminars and products

Deputy Commanding General

Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Brigadier General Clingan currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Commandant to Combat Development and Integration and Deputy Commanding General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia.

Brigadier General Clingan enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1989 and deployed to Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM with the 4th Civil Affairs Group as part of the liberation of Kuwait in 1990-91.  After graduating from the American University with a degree in International Studies, he was commissioned on active duty as a second lieutenant in 1993 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

As an infantry officer, he has commanded at the platoon, company and battalion level, and was the commanding officer for The Basic School, responsible for the training and education of all newly commissioned Marine officers. He additionally served as the Assistant Division Commander of 3d Marine Division, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.

He has numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Pacific. 

He has a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 

Lieutenant Colonel Bret A. White's Profile

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U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Lieutenant Colonel Bret A. White is originally from Houston, TX.  He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Texas A&M University and commissioned in May 2002.  Lieutenant Colonel White attended Seton Hall University School of Law, graduating in 2005.  He is licensed to practice law by the State of Texas and is authorized to practice in federal courts by the Southern District of Texas.  Lieutenant Colonel White reported to The Basic School, Quantico,VA, in March 2010.  He then completed the Basic Lawyer Course at the Naval Justice School, Newport, RI, in December 2010. 

Lieutenant Colonel White reported to the Law Center, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA, in January 2011 and served as a Defense Counsel, Marine Corps Defense Services Organization, NCR, from January 2011 – July 2012.  Lieutenant Colonel White deployed as an IA to the Office of the SJA, JTF-Guantanamo, aboard Naval Station Guantanamo, from September 2012 to March 2013 where he served as the Assistant OIC for the Legal Proceedings section.  Upon redeployment, Lieutenant Colonel White served as the Regional Review Officer for the Legal Services Support Section, NCR until June 2014. 

From June 2014 – July 2017, Lieutenant Colonel White served as the Deputy SJA of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.  During that time, he deployed to Iraq as the SJA of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq, the first MARSOC-led CJSOTF.  Lieutenant Colonel White then served in a B-Billet for the following year, until July 2018, within the MARSOC G-3 directorate.  He was the Senior Information Operations Officer / Deputy STO Chief within the G-39, where he was responsible for the execution and integration of IO in support of training, exercises, and operations. 

             From 2016-2018, Lieutenant Colonel White completed the requirements to earn the MA in Diplomacy through Norwich University.  From 2018-2019, Lieutenant Colonel White attended the University of Nebraska College of Law where he earned an LLM in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law.  Lieutenant Colonel White is enrolled in the Air War College distance program with a projected completion in 2022. 

             In May 2019, Lieutenant Colonel White reported to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, US Indo-Pacific Command where he serves in the Joint Operational Law Team.  His portfolio includes space, cyber, information operations (MISO, MILDEC, JEMSO), special operations, SAP/STO, and other sensitive operations.  He supports OPLAN development and Crisis OPG plans and operations. 

John M. Geiringer's Profile

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Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago

John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.


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