Lawrence E. Miccolis
|Name: Lawrence E. Miccolis
Year Graduated: 2009
Service Branch: Marine Corps
Military Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Tustin, California; Miramar, California; Yuma, Arizona; New River, North Carolina; Monterey, California; Quantico, Virginia; Futenma, Japan; Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm; Operation Enduring Freedom, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti
How did military service prepare you for the study of law or for life in general?
As a preparation for the study of law, military service taught me discipline, focus, team work, and how to balance priorities. More importantly, I gained an even greater appreciation for what is truly important, family and friends.
Were there particular military service experiences that heightened your interest in the law?
Throughout my military career, many experiences continued to draw me to the profession of law. I became good friends with several Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorneys over my 20 years. Two specific assignments propelled my interest though. First, as commanding officer of a helicopter squadron, I was responsible for all legal issues for over 300 marines and sailors. This experience drew me closer to an interest in law. Second, a pivotal point occurred when I was assigned as senior officer to conduct a JAG investigation of a serious helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Working closely with the two attorneys assigned to me gave me a greater appreciation for the study and practice of law.
What do you think civilians should know about those in the service?
We are very thankful for the support and appreciation that fellow Americans have shown for our service. I could not have asked for greater support while deployed and the warm welcomes home, which shows Americans understand the dedication and sacrifice in defending our nation. That support goes a long way in raising spirits when we are away from our families for a long time in not the best conditions.
Why did you select Stetson Law? Is the atmosphere supportive of military veterans?
Stetson's part-time program was a great fit for work and location. More importantly, I became friends with a Stetson alumnus who was also a non-traditional student and spoke very highly about the law school. But I made my final choice when I received a warm welcome from Laura Zuppo in admissions, who along with Dean Dickerson and the faculty, made me feel that not only would I get an excellent education but I would also have a home at Stetson.
That feeling extends to Stetson's support of military veterans, which is second to none. Stetson's strong commitment to veterans is exceptional – not only for its veteran students but this support also extends to vital outreach programs to veterans in our community.
What are your plans for after law school?
For the near term, I plan to continue working as an operations analyst for Northrop Grumman Corporation, which will also involve application of my newly acquired legal skills in my assignment to the U.S. Central Command, humanitarian assistance program management branch.
As I explore new opportunities, I may branch into a fully dedicated legal career.