Legal Clinics Director and Professor of Law Bob Muth Named San Diego County Veteran of the Year

Legal Clinics Director and Professor of Law Bob Muth Named San Diego County Veteran of the Year

Robert Muth

San Diego (November 9, 2017) – Today, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Director of Legal Clinics and Professor of Law Bob Muth was recognized as San Diego County Veteran of the Year at the 28th Annual San Diego County Veteran of the Year luncheon.

The Veteran of the Year program was established in 1989 to recognize the contributions of veterans to the San Diego community. In 2001, the program expanded to encourage many civic, government, corporate, and service organizations to honor their veterans by selecting their Veteran of the Year. From the pool of Veterans of the Year candidates, only one is selected as the San Diego County Veteran of the Year. 

Muth is the academic director of USD School of Law Clinics, as well as the supervising attorney of the Veterans Legal Clinic. Muth served as a marine officer (captain) and judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps where he worked primarily as a criminal defense attorney, handling a wide range of criminal matters, including high profile cases involving allegations of war crimes and mishandling of classified information. Muth also deployed for thirteen months to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, supervised the defense trial team and had full management and responsibility of all legal defense of alleged misconduct by Marines and Sailors arising and adjudicated in Iraq. He represented over 115 Marines and Sailors at general and special courts martial, and more than 40 service members at contested administrative separation hearings. Muth provided non-criminal legal assistance to over 250 military personnel on a variety of matters, including consumer law, family law, trusts and estates planning, tax planning, and USERRA and SCRA issues. He also taught Rules of Engagement courses to hundreds of Marines and Sailors in pre-deployment training briefs.

Muth was named the Defense Counsel of the Year, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Western Judicial Circuit in 2008-09 and also serves as a board member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition, a prominent local nonprofit veterans collaborative organization.

“We are so pleased about this deserved recognition of Bob Muth’s extraordinary commitment to veterans, especially those in the San Diego community,” said Associate Dean Margaret Dalton, who previously served as the director of USD Legal Clinics. “In conjunction with his extensive volunteer efforts for veterans groups in our county, Professor Muth has excelled in training the next attorneys who will be ready, willing and able to assist our veterans with their critical legal needs.”

About Robert Muth

Robert F. Muth teaches in the area of veteran legal affairs and is the supervising attorney for the Veterans Clinic.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.



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