President Trump to Nominate Joseph L. Falvey, Jr. of Michigan for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

On January 23, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he intends to nominate attorney and veteran Joseph L. Falvey, Jr. of Michigan to serve as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). If confirmed, Mr. Falvey will fill the last vacancy on the CAVC. - Joseph Falvey is a 30 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served 14 of those years on active duty. In 2011, he retired from the Marine Corps as the Commander of the Marine Corps’ Reserve Legal Support Section. He previously served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, or judge in over 300 trials, and served as an appellate judge on the United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served in Afghanistan in 2002.

In his civilian career, Mr. Falvey served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the national security unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2008-2011. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Falvey spent over a dozen years as a professor of law at two law schools in Michigan. Currently, Mr. Falvey is the District Counsel for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

Mr. Falvey earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his J.D., cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of College and University Law, and his masters of law (LL.M.) with honors from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army.