August 2010 | By Jane Leung Larson
The Judge Advocate General of the US Army has established an annual symposium to honor the life and career of the late Major General John L. Fugh (past Chairman of the Committee of 100, 2006-2009), who served as The Judge Advocate General from 1991 to 1993. Funded by Fugh’s family, friends and colleagues, the Major General John L. Fugh Symposium on Law and Military Operations will be held each May during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Army's Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
The first symposium will be conducted by the Center for Law and Military Operations in May 2011 and attended by a select group of 35-50 military, civilian, and academic participants who will focus on a contemporary legal topic directly affecting the conduct of military operations.
The Committee of 100 as an organization as well as individual C-100 members and staff are among the many donors underwriting the establishment of this symposium. As of this date, C-100 donors include Anla Cheng, Richard Cheng, Tan Dun, Sue Gin, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Stewart Kwoh), Robert Lee, Oscar Tang, Walter Wang, Shirley Young, Public Relations Director An Ping, Research Director Yong Lu, and former Executive Director Alice Mong. C-100 members who have pledged support include Ronnie Chan, Nelson Dong, and Lulu Wang. Contributions to the symposium are tax-deductible, with checks written to “Alumni Association” and sent to the JAG Legal Center and School, 600 Massie Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903.
Gen. Fugh was the 33rd Judge Advocate General, which is the Army’s top uniformed legal advisor. He presided over the 10,000-strong Army JAG Corps who “prosecute and defend military personnel before courts-martial and advise military leaders on the rules of engagement, the Geneva Conventions and other operational issues. Judge advocates have been active in Iraq and Afghanistan, often being called in to help commanders plan military strikes with an eye to avoiding civilian casualties and adherence to the laws governing armed conflict” (National Law Journal).
Thanks to David Graham, Executive Director, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, U.S. Army, for assisting with this story.