SPOTLIGHT on an ILS Member

SPOTLIGHT on an ILS Member


Since August 2014, Colonel Linda Strite Murnane (United States Air Force, Retired) has served as the Chief, Court Management Services Section for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Leidschendam, The Netherlands, where she is responsible for the support services for trials conducted by the Tribunal. Colonel Murnane facilitates judicial cooperation with countries and entities, and supervises service of documents internationally, including summons, orders, requests for assistance and related materials. She also serves as the Independent Commissioner for the Tribunal, and upon assignment, is responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct and reporting the results of its investigation to the Disciplinary Board under the Code of Conduct for Defence Counsel and Legal Representatives of Victims. From January 2013 to July 2014, Ms. Murnane served as the Judicial Bailiff for The Honorable Anne Taylor, Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus, Ohio.

From August 2009 to December 2012, Ms. Murnane served as the Chief, Court Management and Support Services for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands, where she oversaw 40 staff involved in the daily operation of the courtrooms in which alleged war criminals were being tried under the mandate of the United Nations Security Council. She also led a team responsible for implementing three components of the European Union-funded War Crimes Justice Project, providing training to court professionals and others in the Balkans, transcribing verbatim local language transcripts, and providing translation of the ICTY’s Appeals Chamber Case Law Research Tool in Balkan languages. She spent three months as the Acting Head of Chambers for the Tribunal and four and one-half months as the Acting Deputy Registrar for the Tribunal. Colonel Murnane had previously spent two years as a Senior Legal Officer assigned to Trial Chambers in the ICTY, where she was responsible for preparation of orders, decisions, judgments and support for the international judiciary.

From November 2008 to August 2009, Colonel Murnane served as the Senior International Attorney for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies in Newport, Rhode Island, which provides seminars and programs on the legal complications of the strategic, operational, and tactical decisions faced by to military personnel and civilian government officials throughout the world. From February 2005 to July 2007, she served as the Executive Director for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.

Colonel Murnane served for nearly 30 years on active duty with the United States Air Force, including ten years as a chief circuit military judge or military judge. She was the Chief Circuit Judge for Europe and the Eastern Judicial Circuit, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C and presided at the first criminal trials for the U.S. Air Force during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in the war zone, deploying five times in support of those operations between 2001 and 2003. Colonel Murnane served as the Chief, International, Operations and Civil Law while assigned at U.S. Forces Japan/Fifth Air Force from 1988 to 1991, as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from 1991 to 1993, and as the Staff Judge Advocate at Bitburg Air Base, Germany from 1993 to 1994. In each of these positions, she served as an advisor to commanders making decisions employing Rules of Engagement, in the European and Pacific Theaters for United States and Joint Forces.

Colonel Murnane has participated in training programs as an adjunct faculty member for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, training judges, lawyers and civilian leaders in Liberia, Rwanda, Zambia, Argentina, Latvia, and Papua New Guinea, on a wide range of legal topics. She began her Air Force career as an Airman Basic, the lowest enlisted grade in the U.S. Air Force, and retired as a colonel in 2004. Her military decorations include the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal with bronze and silver oak leaf cluster.

Colonel Murnane is the Chair-Elect of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) and has served in numerous leadership positions within the ABA. In August 2008, she received the Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Judges Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the International Association of Women Judges, and the Federal Bar Association. She is Co-Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and a member of the Columbus Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Franklin County (Ohio). She is admitted to the practice of law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio and Kentucky Supreme Courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Army and Air Force Courts of Criminal Appeals. In 2003, she received the Ohio State Bar Association’s Nettie Cronise Lutes Award.

Ms. Murnane attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence in Constitution Law. She later transferred to the University of Cincinnati College of Law and received her J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in December 1980. Colonel Murnane is married to Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Murnane, U.S. Air Force, Retired, who served as the Deputy Chief of Strategic Plans for Personnel for the United States Air Force. They have two children and three grandchildren.

*The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

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