Brigadier General Marilyn S. Chiafullo to speak at 2022 commencement

Brigadier General Marilyn S. Chiafullo Duquesne University's School of Law will host its 108th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The day will begin with Baccalaureate Mass at 9 a.m. in the University Chapel. The Commencement ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Cooper Fieldhouse. A reception immediately following the ceremony will take place in the Power Center Ballroom.

Duquesne President Ken Gormley, former dean of the law school, will confer the degrees and Dean April Mara Barton will preside. 126 students are expected to participate in the live ceremony, with Brigadier General Marilyn S. Chiafullo L'93 serving as the event's distinguished speaker.

Brigadier General Marilyn S. Chiafullo spent 33 years in the U.S. Army. She retired in 2021 from a decorated career. Among the awards she received are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.

She empowered others through her various leadership roles. Her last post was serving as the Commanding General for the United States Army Reserve Legal Command, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Before that assignment, she served as the Chief Judge (IMA), United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Brigadier General Chiafullo's previous assignments include vast areas of the law serving as Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law & Operations (IMA), Office of The Judge Advocate General, Pentagon; Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve Legal Command, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Chief, Reserve Component Management, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Pentagon; Staff Judge Advocate, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas.

According to her bio, in July 2009, she completed a Senior Service College Fellowship in International Security Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Brigadier General Chiafullo was a member of the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1993 to 2021. She was commissioned in the Quartermaster Corps following Officer Candidate School in 1990.

Other key legal and leadership positions she held were, JAG Corps Career Manager and Plans Officer, Pentagon; Senior Defense Counsel, 82nd Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Chief, Administrative and Civil Law Division, 99th Regional Support Command, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Federal Magistrate's Court Prosecutor, Fort Ritchie, Maryland; Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 475th Quartermaster Company, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Brigadier General Chiafullo was additionally deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. She served as Senior Defense Counsel with the 82nd Airborne Division in Karshi-Kanabad, Uzbekistan and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Chiafullo received her Juris Doctor in 1993 from our School of Law, and currently serves on our Advisory Board. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1983 from Slippery Rock University. Brigadier General Chiafullo is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.

"We are honored to have our alumna Brigadier General Chiafullo speak at our 2022 Commencement ceremony. She is a shining example of a legal career of leadership and service. Her widely respected and decorated career is a testament to her dedication to the law and to our country," said Dean April Barton.

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