Michael H. Chen received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. He earned his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Mr. Chen was a Notes Editor and Staff Associate of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. In his law review article, he argued that under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the definition of the term “unlawful enemy combatant” should distinguish between a juvenile and an adult. He also earned the top grade in his Legal Writing I class, and was placed on the Honor Roll and the National Dean’s List.
While in law school, Mr. Chen interned for the Office of the Attorney General and clerked for the San Diego Superior Court, East County, for the Honorable Laura W. Halgren.
Mr. Chen is licensed to practice law in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
Mr. Chen enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in 2003, and attended basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. In 2004, Mr. Chen was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom under the command of the XVIII Airborne Corps out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. As a Sergeant, he was deployed to Balad, Iraq and Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. In 2006, he attended the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Ft. Lewis, Washington, where he was the Distinguished Leadership Graduate of his class.
He is currently a Captain in the 78th Legal Operations Detachment and a JAG attorney.
Mr. Chen is conversational in Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, Mr. Chen likes to work out, travel, and play the guitar.