Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law

Lieutenant Commander William C. Kuebler, JAGC, USN

Assistant Professor, Law for the Junior Officer

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6031
  •  E-mail:
  •   Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law, Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402-5022

LCDR Kuebler was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Phoenix and San Diego, California.  He received his B.A., with Departmental Honors in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, in 1993, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1996.  As a law student, LCDR Kuebler was a member of the San Diego Law Review and National Moot Court Team.  Upon graduation from USD, LCDR Kuebler worked as an associate for a San Diego law firm, dealing complex civil litigation matters in the federal and California state courts.  In 1999, LCDR Kuebler was commissioned as an officer in the Navy JAG Corps through the direct appointment program.  He first reported to Naval Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia, where he served as defense, legal assistance, and claims attorney from 1999 until 2003 (in Sigonella, Italy, and London, England).  In 2003, LCDR Kuebler reported to Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, where he served as Staff Judge Advocate, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and part-time court-martial prosecutor.

From 2005 to 2009, LCDR Kuebler served as defense counsel with Office of Military Commissions in Washington, D.C., and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was detailed to the military commission cases of Ghassan Al Sharbi and Omar Khadr.  LCDR Kuebler was counsel of record (for Mr. Khadr) in the landmark Supreme Court case of Boumediene v. Bush, and was on brief and argued the first case heard by the Court of Military Commission Review.  LCDR Kuebler participated in hundreds of print, radio and television interviews, as well as numerous panels and public presentations dealing with military commissions and the Global War on Terror, and was profiled in GQ magazine, the New York Times, the Times of London, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. He received the Reg Robson Award for the protection of civil liberties and human rights from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in 2009 in recognition of his work as counsel for Omar Khadr.

In 2010, LCDR Kuebler received his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, with highest honors, from the George Washington University Law School.  He subsequently served as an International Law Attorney, specializing in Law of War matters, with the International and Operational Law Division of the Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon.  In July 2013, LCDR Kuebler reported to his current assignment as Assistant Professor and Course Director (Law for the Junior Officer) at the U.S. Naval Academy.

LCDR Kuebler is married to the former Dawn M. Arney of San Marcos, California.  They have one child, William, Jr., and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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