July 01, 2016 Waymaker

Interview with Colonel Linda Strite Murnane

By Judge Michele D. Hotten

Colonel Linda Strite Murnane (U.S. Air Force, Ret.) exemplifies the term “Waymaker” in every sense of the word. She is the incoming chair of the ABA Judicial Division and chief of the Court Management Support Services, Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She has previously served in a similar capacity for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her extensive résumé includes service with distinction as the Chief Circuit Military Judge for the Eastern Circuit Trial Judiciary located at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., and Chief Circuit Military Judge for Europe and service overseas at Ramstein and Bitburg Air Bases in Germany and Yokota Air Base in Japan. Colonel Murnane has bar admissions to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Kentucky and Ohio Supreme Courts. She is a former recipient of the ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, and her military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. Colonel Murnane is the author of numerous articles on international courts, including war crimes tribunals, human rights, and various aspects of military justice systems. Her drive, determination, and ability to defeat the odds make her the personification of the word “Waymaker.”

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