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Richard B. Jaques, J.D.

Director, Academic Support Divison
Deputy Vice President, Academic Affaris
Maj, USMC (Ret.)

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 432-5489
Email: richard.jaques@usmcu.edu
Areas of Interest: Maritime Legal Regimes, Law of Armed Conflict

Civilian Education

J.D. Vermont Law School
B.A. English, State University of New York at Plattsburgh


Military Education

U.S. Naval Justice School
Command and Staff College
Expeditionary Warfare School



Mr. Jaques has been the Marine Corps University Director, Academic Support Division since July 2016. Primary duties include managing the University’s accreditation efforts, overseeing the development of Marine Corps professional military education and the University’s academic policies, overseeing the degree granting registrar functions, and assisting the Vice President for Academic Affairs in carrying out the academic operations of the University.


From October 2009 – July 2016, Mr. Jaques served as the University’s Director of Student Services. Primary duties included serving as the Registrar for the University’s degree granting programs, overseeing the administration of its International Military Student program, and acting as liaison with the various military services organizations and units that provide administrative, logistical and support functions for students attending the University’s resident officer professional military education programs.


Born in Maine as a Marine Corps “brat,” Mr. Jaques is a retired Marine judge advocate. While on active duty he performed the normal slew of judge advocate duties, to include prosecution, defense, and legal assistance, providing personal legal advice to Marines, Sailors and their families.


Mr. Jaques holds a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Juris Doctor, cum laude from Vermont Law School. He is an honor graduate of the U.S. Naval Justice School, and a graduate of both resident Marine Corps Amphibious (now Expeditionary) Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Teaching experience includes service as the Military Law Instructor, TBS; Class Leader, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy; Adjunct Faculty, City Colleges of Chicago; and, at the graduate level, in the International Law Department, U.S. Naval War College, where he also served as the lead legal advisor in international wargames. He is the editor of 2 works dealing with maritime legal regimes and the law of armed conflict: Maritime Operational Zones, and Volume 80 of the International Law Studies Series: Issues in International Law and Military Operations, and was the primary writer for chapters 8 (The Law of Targeting), 9 (Conventional Weapons and Weapons Systems) and 10 (Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons) of the tri-service (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) publication, The Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations.


Mr. Jaques is married, has three adult children, and serves as church elder in a North Stafford, Virginia congregation.


Major Assignments

Judge Advocate Duties


Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Aircraft Group-40 and Regimental Landing Team-2, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Staff Judge Advocate, The Basic School

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Non-Judge Advocate Duties


Adjutant and Commanding Officer, Company M, TBS

Commanding Officer, Naval Provisional Rifle Company N, U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Recorder and Presiding Officer, Naval Discharge Review Board

Staff Secretary, Marine Corps University