Patrick E. Kelly, CAPT
USNWC International Law Reserve Unit
Captain Patrick E. Kelly, JAGC, USN, is Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval War College International Law Reserve Unit.
As a civilian attorney, CAPT Kelly serves as the Vice President for Public Policy for the Knights of Columbus, an international fraternal organization and Fortune 1000 life insurance company. He is the head of government relations and also serves as Executive Director of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, established by the Knights of Columbus in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
CAPT Kelly has served at the U.S. State Department as the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. In 2006, he earned the State Department's Superior Honor Award for his work on the new Iraqi constitution. Prior to his work at the State Department, he served as the Legislative Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. House of Representatives. CAPT Kelly has also worked in the Office of Intelligence, National Security Division, U.S. Justice Department, where he practiced before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. From 1985 to 1990, he was an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Between 1993 and 1999, CAPT Kelly served on active duty in various assignments, including as defense counsel at NLSO Norfolk and as Deputy Director of the National Security and Intelligence Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. He served at sea aboard USS Guam (LPH-9) as the Staff Judge Advocate for Amphibious Squadron Two during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Response in Liberia.
CAPT Kelly's reserve assignments have included NR CNO Ops and Plan (N3/N5) at the Pentagon; Executive Officer of NR Civil Litigation (Code 14); and Director of the National Security Division in NR International and Operational Law (Code 10) at the Pentagon.
CAPT Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Marquette University, a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
He is a member of the Wisconsin bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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