8.25.22 – Clay West
August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Clay West – Assistant US Attorney, US Department of Justice
Clay M. West is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, now serving as a Military Judge with the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary, 4th Judicial Circuit. He also is an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan.
Clay attended Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School. He clerked for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the California Supreme Court, before working as a federal prosecutor first at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), and then for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan (Grand Rapids).
His military career began with a direct commission to the United States Army Reserve in 2004. In 2006, he mobilized and deployed to Germany, in 2007 to Iraq, and in 2008 to Afghanistan in support of ongoing combat operations in those countries. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal following those deployments. From 2008 to 2011, he mobilized as counsel to the Guantanamo Military Commissions and traveled approximately 30 times to Guantanamo in support of ongoing military commission hearings.
Clay has since worked in the Army Reserve as aide-de-camp and assistant executive officer to a general officer in the Army Reserve Legal Command, as a brigade judge advocate to a military police brigade in Michigan, and as assistant counsel to an intelligence agency in the metro D.C. area. In 2020, Clay M. West was selected to serve as a military judge with the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary. He has presided over trials in Texas, South Carolina, Washington State, Colorado, and Kuwait.