Lieutenant Colonel Suzy Dempsey, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Dempsey was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. She studied aviation flight and management and music at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management. During college, she earned a multi-engine commercial pilot license with an instrument rating.
After flying cargo for a year-and-a-half, she studied law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She attended Officer Candidates School after her first year of law school, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2004. She returned to law school and earned her Juris Doctorate in May 2006.
Upon completion of Naval Justice School in 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Dempsey reported to the Legal Services Support Section (LSSS) aboard Camp Pendleton, California. She served as Defense Counsel, Review Officer-in-Charge (OIC), and LSSS Assistant OIC.
Lieutenant Colonel Dempsey transferred to Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters Marine Corps in July 2011. She served as Legal Assistance Attorney and Officer Misconduct Officer. While there she contributed to the revision of the Marine Corps Legal Assistance Program Manual and the Officer Misconduct Volume of the Legal Support and Administration Manual. She also led the final development, beta-testing, and full roll-out of the automated Officer Disciplinary Notebook Management System.
In March 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Dempsey reported to the Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity where she served as Appellate Government Counsel, Senior Appellate Government Counsel, and Appellate Government Division Deputy Director. She filed numerous pleadings with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA) and argued three times before each Court.
In 2016, she was competitively selected by the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level School Board to participate in the Special Education Program-Law. She attended Georgetown University and earned a Master of Laws degree. She focused her studies in criminal law and technology, and was designated a military justice specialist (4409) upon graduation.
After school, she reported for duty as the Senior Defense Counsel, Legal Services Support Team-Cherry Point. In October 2019, she transferred to the LSSS aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to assume her current billet as the Regional Defense Counsel, Eastern Region.
Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.