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RYMN J. PARSONS is Assistant Counsel to and Environmental Practice Team Leader for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, located at Naval Station, Norfolk, VA. Also a Navy Reservist, with the rank of captain, he is Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command. Before assuming the Assistant Counsel position in April 1999, Mr. Parsons served nearly 14 years active duty in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and before that spent four years in private practice in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with a practice concentrating in civil litigation. As a Reservist, his tours of duty included assignments as commanding officer (Navy Reserve, Navy Personnel Command Legal, 2005-07); counsel to the CNO Environmental Readiness Division (Navy Reserve, Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics, 2002-05); and executive officer (Navy Reserve, Trial Service Office, East 406, 2000-02). His tours of active duty as a Navy judge advocate include staff judge advocate, regional environmental counsel, and ethics counselor (Commander, Submarine Group TWO/Commander, Navy Region, Northeast, 1996-99); military judge (Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Tidewater Judicial Circuit, Norfolk, VA, 1992-95); command judge advocate (USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), 1990-92); group judge advocate (Commander, Naval Surface Group FOUR, 1988-90); and trial counsel, defense counsel, and claims attorney (Naval Legal Service Office, Newport, RI, 1985-88). Mr. Parsons is a member of the bar of the Connecticut Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a NITA-certified trial advocacy instructor and general court-martial certified military judge. Mr. Parsons’ publications include The Fight to Save the Planet, 10 Geo. Int’l. Envtl. L. Rev. 441 (1998) and Nonresident Defendants in Matrimonial Actions, 1 Conn. Fam. L.J. 66 (1983). His remarks at a 2005 symposium entitled "The International Response to the Environmental Consequences of War" appear in 17 Geo. Int’l. Envtl. L. Rev. No. 4 (Summer 2005). In 1996, Mr. Parsons obtained a Master of Laws degree (dual designation in environmental law and international law) from The George Washington University Law School where he was a graduate advisory editor for The Environmental Lawyer law journal; and graduated from Union University’s Albany Law School. Accepted into the Defense Leadership and Management Program for senior DOD civilian employees in 2005, he is a member of the U.S. Army War College, Department of Distance Education Class of 2009.
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