Pursuant to its historic purpose of promoting excellence in legal scholarship, The Order of
the Coif sponsors a program that  enables chapters to     bring distinguished members of the legal
profession to their campuses. Each year the Executive Committee will invite one or more
distinguished judges, academics, or practitioners to visit several law schools that have established
Coif chapters. The Distinguished Visitor spends two days at each of the institutions he or she
visits, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, meeting informally with faculty and student
groups, and giving one address open to the entire academic community.  The purpose of the program
is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by fostering an exchange of ideas with individuals
whose experiences and ideas may be expected to stimulate discussion about important issues
confronting the legal profession.

    The Distinguished Visitor Program replaced the Lecture Series in 2004.


                                      Coif Distinguished Visitor 2016

   The Executive Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that that Professor Eugene R. Fidell  will
serve as the 2016
Coif Distinguished Visitor.

                                                Eugene R. Fidell

Professor Fidell is Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, where
his courses have included Military Justice, Guantánamo, The Original Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court,
Federal Indian Law, American Indian Tribal Law, and Law of the Sea, Admiralty, and Disasters.  He has also
taught at Harvard Law School and American University Washington College of Law, and is of counsel at
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington.  He graduated from Queens College of the City University
of New York (B.A. 1965), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School (LL.B. 1968).

Professor Fidell is president emeritus of the National Institute of Military Justice and chairs the Committee on
Military Justice of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.  He is a life member of the
American Law Institute.

Professor Fidell served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is co-author of Military Justice: Cases and Materials
(2d ed. 2012) and the Guide to the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Court of Appeals for
the Armed Forces (14th ed. 2015), and co-editor of Military Court Rules of the United States (3d ed. 2015). In
2014 he founded the popular Global Military Justice Reform blog, which is now read in over 130 countries.

    Professor Fidell is married to Linda Greenhouse, who also teaches at Yale Law School.  Their daughter
Hannah is a filmmaker in Los Angeles.


     Any school with a chapter of The Order of the Coif may host a distinguished visitor  Priority will be given
to those institutions that do not have extensive resources on which to draw for similar programs or that for
other reasons may have difficulty in doing so and which have not recently hosted a distinguished visitor.


     The national office of the Order provides an honorarium for the Coif Distinguished Visitor and pays
for his or her transportation to the host school. The host school is responsible for the expense of his or her
meals, lodging, and local transportation. In addition, the host school undertakes to provide publicity for the
Visitor's lecture sufficient to bring it to the attention of all segments of the campus, the local professional
community, including bench, bar, and law students.


    The national office of the Order issues invitations to the Distinguished Visitor and posts information
about the visitors on this website.  

      1.  The Distinguished Visitors for the following academic year will be selected and chapters
notified during the summer.

      2.    Applications to host a Coif Lecture should be submitted by December 1. The national office, in
consultation with the Visitor, will then arrange a series of visits from among the schools that have
expressed an interest.  Applicant schools should not communicate directly with the Distinguished Visitor.
Designated host schools will be notified of their selection in no later than January 2016.

     3.  Applications for designation as host school for a Coif Distinguished Visitor must be in writing and

 > Name(s) of proposed host school(s);
 > Proposed dates (see below);
 > Statement of any special reasons this application should be granted (e.g., special
    anniversary of the school, etc.)
Since the visits must be arranged for a time compatible with the Visitors other obligations, it is
desirable to suggest as many dates as possible that would be consistent with the school's schedule.

Host School:   _____________________________________________________________________

Joint Host:     ______________________________________________________________________

Name of Distinguished Visitor Sought:   ________________________________________________

Proposed Dates  (Include as many potential dates as possible for maximum flexibility)







Special Reason this Application Should Be Granted:

Dean's Statement:  I am acquainted with the obligations of a school undertaking the sponsorship
of an Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor and state that the applicant school is willing and able to
discharge these obligations.


         School ___________________________________________________

           Date _____________________________________________________

DEADLINE:  November 1, 2015


    Laura N. Gasaway
    National Secretary-TreasurerThe Order of the Coif

And forward Dean's statement, signature and date by regular mail to:

    Sandra R. Jones
    6530 Kimesville Road
    Liberty, NC  27298