John Marsh O. Jr.
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
J.D., Washington and Lee University
It is with pleasure that the School of Law welcomes The Honorable John O. Marsh Jr., former secretary of the Army and Virginia congressman, as a distinguished adjunct professor of law.
Professor Marsh, a native of Virginia, received his law degree from Washington and Lee University. After spending a decade in private practice, he was elected in 1962 to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a member of the Appropriations Committee. He served in Congress for eight years.
In March 1973, Professor Marsh returned to federal service as assistant secretary of defense. In January 1974, he was named national security advisor for then-Vice President Gerald Ford. When Ford became president, Professor Marsh was named counsellor to the president and held cabinet rank. In 1977, he returned to the private practice of law. He has served on numerous corporate and 501(c)(3) boards, and has been a senior partner in major law firms in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Professor Marsh was named secretary of the Army by President Ronald Reagan and took office in January 1981. When he retired in August 1989, Professor Marsh's tenure was the longest of any U.S. military secretary in history.
He served as visiting professor of ethics at the Virginia Military Institute for the 1998-1999 academic year and as adjunct professor of law at the College of William and Mary for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Professor Marsh, who was recently cited by the Virginia Bar Association for his contributions to cyberlaw and national security issues, teaches a seminar on cyberterrorism and national security law.