Donna Wright has been practicing law for over thirty years, serving as a highly-respected military prosecutor, defense counsel and trial judge. She also taught criminal law at The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her expertise in criminal law is unsurpassed and she has published several articles in the area. After a lengthy military career as an Army Judge Advocate, she served as a regional counsel for the Army Corps of Engineers, supervising 19 attorneys in the delivery of legal support to all aspects of the Corps’ operations throughout the Pacific and Asia. Of particular note was her handling of complex litigation in environmental law, contract disputes, and civilian employment law.
As a military judge for eleven years she presided over 1000 plus trials, where the charges included murder, sexual assault, sexual harassment, drug trafficking, larceny and a wide variety of felonies. She conducted trials in austere settings including Afghanistan, South Korea, Bosnia and Alaska. She was selected to serve as a member of an elite group of military judges who authored pattern jury instructions that were used in all military trials. She has authored a number of articles on various aspects of criminal law. She conducted a sensitive pretrial investigation into sexual assault charges lodged against the Army’s senior noncommissioned officer in Europe, and her recommended disposition to the Senior Commander in the case was accepted.
Ms. Wright graduated in the historic first class of women from West Point, giving her a unique perspective into gender dynamics, especially as they relate to women in predominantly male environments. She later earned her law degree at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, where she served on the Law Review and graduated cum laude. She also has an LL.M. with distinction in military law from The Judge Advocate General’s School as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii.