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Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law

Class of '71 Distinguished Mil. Prof. of Leadership & Law

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Mark P. Nevitt, Commander, JAGC (ret.) is the Class of 1971 Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership & Law at the United States Naval Academy. 

Originally from Rhode Island, Professor Nevitt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), receiving his naval commission through the NROTC program. Following flight school, Prof. Nevitt served with the "Fighting Red Griffins" of Sea Control Squadron 38 (VS-38) in NAS North Island, CA from 2000-2003. While at VS-38, Prof. Nevitt made two Western Pacific deployments with the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64), accumulating 290 carrier arrested landings and 1,100 flight hours during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW).

Prof. Nevitt was next selected for the Navy’s Law Education Program and received his J.D. and LL.M. with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, he served as a White House Military Social Aide and taught Street Law at Anacostia High School. His Navy JAG assignments have included serving as a criminal defense counsel in Lemoore, California; international law and ethics attorney with the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy; Deputy Director for Administrative Law for the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon; and the Department of Defense's Regional Environmental Counsel in Norfolk, Virginia.  

During his tenure in Norfolk, Mark tackled emerging legal and policy issues posed by the intersection of climate change and national security. More recently, Mark helped provide legal advice to the Navy’s investigation into the Iranian detention of U.S. Navy sailors in Farsi Island, investigating issues of international, national security, and administrative law.

Prof. Nevitt is a graduate of the Naval War College’s Distance Education Program and has written on environmental and national security law in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Cardozo Law Review, and Oxford Press. He is a frequent contributor to NYU Law’s Just Security. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards) and Air Medal (Strike/Flight). Following his 20 years of naval service, Prof. Nevitt joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 2017-19 as a Sharswood Fellow where he developed and taught two courses and was intimately involved in mentoring Penn Law students. He is passionate about mentoring and leading the next generation of leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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