Lieutenant Commander Chris Kimball, JAGC, USN
Assistant Professor, Law for the Junior Officer
Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law
Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B)
112 Cooper Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5022
LCDR Chris Kimball, JAGC, USN, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law. He leads a five-person legal faculty and is the course director for "Law for the Junior Officer." Additionally, LCDR Kimball co-teaches "Piracy, Maritime Terrorism and Law of the Sea" and serves as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, plebe academic advisor, Men's Squash Faculty Representative, and the LEAD Division Representative to the Faculty Senate Assessment Committee.
LCDR Kimball was commissioned through the NROTC Unit at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he graduated in 2000, earning a B.S. in Management and Technology, magna cum laude. Following Surface Warfare Officer School, he served as the Damage Control Assistant and qualified as a Surface Warfare officer (SWO) aboard the destroyer USS McFAUL (DDG 74) based in Norfolk, Virginia. That tour included a 2001 deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. LCDR Kimball deployed twice more as a SWO. During his second tour he served as the Assistant Operations Officer in Destroyer Squadron NINE embarked on the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) during a Western Pacific Deployment. He deployed again to the Western Pacific as the flag aide to Commander, Carrier Strike Group NINE embarked on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).
In 2005, he entered the Navy's Law Education Program and attended Albany Law School in Albany, New York, where he earned his J.D., magna cum laude. LCDR Kimball is admitted to the bars of New York and Connecticut
LCDR Kimball's first assignment as a judge advocate was as a member of Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW). During that tour he served as trial counsel and prosecuted, among others, four general courts-martial against former USNA midshipmen. At the conclusion of his RLSO NDW assignment LCDR Kimball served seven months as the Deputy Legal Advisor to a German-led operational NATO command in northern Afghanistan where he advised U.S. and NATO commanders on a host of operational law and international law matters.