A law school textbook co-authored by Butler Snow attorney Franklin D. Rosenblatt has recently been published. The third edition of “Military Justice: Cases and Materials,” published by Carolina Academic Press, was authored by prominent scholars of government and national security, international and military law. It “gives law professors a powerful tool to introduce students to military justice while also deepening their understanding of criminal law and procedure, comparative law, international law and constitutional law,” according to the publisher’s website.
One of the co-authors is Eugene R. Fidell, the Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Fidell wrote about the casebook, “I’m very excited about this book for a host of reasons. First, the subject of Military Justice has literally never been more important for Americans than it is now. Congress recently enacted major changes and more legislative activity can be expected. The Supreme Court has shown itself to be more willing to take military cases than it has been in the past. Basic questions that our country had long considered resolved, such as the role of the commander in the administration of justice, are receiving fresh scrutiny. Second, the book takes seriously the interaction between American and foreign law, as well as pertinent developments in human rights law. Third, and perhaps most exciting, is the addition of a new generation of scholar-authors who bring to bear their diverse experience as line officers, judge advocates, and teachers.”
Fidell also added, “We hope the book leads increasing numbers of law schools, including the growing number that have established veterans’ clinical programs, to offer courses in Military Justice. The synergy between the two fields is obvious.”
Rosenblatt retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with more than 12 years of experience serving in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a prosecutor, legal advisor and defense attorney. As a prosecutor, he tried dozens of international, financial and violent crimes cases to verdict. Additionally, he successfully prosecuted four terrorism suspects in the Iraqi court system of Kirkuk, Iraq. As a defense attorney from 2014 to 2018, Rosenblatt served as lead military defense counsel for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in the most publicized court-martial in American history.
Rosenblatt has won national recognition for his legal writing, having authored book chapters and co-authored another book last year titled “Military Court Rules of the United States: Procedure, Citation, Professional Responsibility, Civility, and Judicial Conduct.” He has also been invited to speak about litigation and internal investigations to several of the world’s flagship institutions, including Yale Law School, The Hoover Institution, The Pentagon and The Peace Palace in The Hague.
Rosenblatt is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, where he serves as Vice President for Criminal Law of the United States Chapter. He received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Master of Laws from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Most recently, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia.