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Richard Sala JD/MELP'13

Presidential Appointee

Richard SalaMajor Richard K. Sala, USMC (Ret.), retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in August 2018 after twenty-one years of military service, including service as an Infantry Marine, Infantry Officer, and Judge Advocate. As an Infantry Officer, Richard served as a platoon commander and company executive officer. As a Judge Advocate, Richard initially served as Trial Counsel (military criminal prosecutor) and later managed a Trial Counsel office. He also served as Judge Advocate to the Commanding Officer of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Australia, and as Assistant Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to the Commanding General of 1st Marine Division.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado; a master’s in environmental law and policy and Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School; and a master’s in business administration from the Simon Business School.

His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is the recipient of the Marine Corps’ Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award and the Vermont Law School’s Maximilian Kempner Award. After retiring from the military, Richard served as counsel to the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education before joining Vermont Law School as the Assistant Director of Academic Success and an assistant professor.

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