Ronald W. Meister, NIMJ’s Board Chair, is in private practice in New York City, where he concentrates on commercial and intellectual property litigation, in addition to military law. He served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the 1970’s as a trial and defense counsel and as a Special Court-Martial Military Judge.
On behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New York City Bar Association, he participated in arguments before the United States Court of Military Appeals that led to the abolition of the military death penalty. He has written of his experiences as a military lawyer in articles including “An Ensign for the Coffin” (Yale Law Report) and “I Saw Shaft Seven Times” (Military Justice Gazette).
He coordinates NIMJ’s program sending observers to military commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay, and has been awarded the Beacon of Justice Award of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Human Rights Award of the Southern Center for Human Rights for pro bono litigation on behalf of Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Mr. Meister also serves as Town Justice in the Town of Mamaroneck, in Westchester County, New York.