The Honorable Scott Wallace Stucky served as the 50th Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States from 1993 to 1995. Judge Stucky joined MOLLUS in 1982 through the Commandery of the District of Columbia. His great-great granduncle, Robert Ross Wallace (1835-1918), served as First Sergeant, Company K, 74th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, before being commissioned Captain, Company C, 9th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery in 1864. He served in command positions with the U.S. Colored Troops until being mustered out in 1866. After the war, Captain Wallace was a probate judge in Pontiac, Illinois.
Judge Stucky was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on 11 January 1948, and grew up ona family farm near Pretty Prairie, Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1970, with a B.A. summa cum laude in history and a commission as second lieutenant, Reserve, U.S. Air Force, obtained through Air Force ROTC. He then attended Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1973. After his admission to the Kansas bar, Judge Stucky went on active duty as a judge advocate in the Air Force, serving in San Antonio, Texas; U-Tapao, Thailand; and Syracuse, New York. After leaving active duty in 1978, Judge Stucky practiced with a Washington, D.C., law firm and then served as a branch chief with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In 1983, Judge Stucky became a civilian legislative counsel for the Department of the Air Force. Four years later, he became the department’s principal legislative counsel, responsible for its legislative drafting, statutory analysis, and related matters. As legislative counsel, Judge Stucky worked on such matters as the Goldwater-Nichols Act and the legislative responses to the First Gulf War. He served as a member and panel chairman on the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. Judge Stucky was selected to serve as an OPM LEGIS Fellow, and to attend the Federal Executive Institute, the Harvard Program for Senior Officials in National Security, and the National War College.
In 1996, Judge Stucky became General Counsel of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. In this capacity, he was the principal legal officer for the majority side of the Committee, responsible for such matters as the Committee’s internal rules and procedures, the Senate’s rules, ethics and conflict of interest matters for Committee staff and nominees, statutory language in the annual defense authorization markup, floor procedure and liaison with floor staff, floor amendments to the annual defense authorization bill, and numerous other matters. Judge Stucky served two chairmen, Senators Thurmond and Warner; three staff directors; and was responsible as counsel for ten consecutive national defense authorization acts. He served as Minority Counsel from 2001 to 2003, when the Democrats were in the majority Senator Carl Levin was the Chairman of the Committee.
In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Stucky to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. This five-judge court exercises worldwide appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces and others who are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Court sits in a historic building on Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C.
From 1982 to 2003, Judge Stucky served in the Air Force Reserve as a judge advocate individual mobilization augmentee (IMA). He was three times appointed an appellate military judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, one of the service courts immediately below the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. From 1999 to 2001, he was the senior IMA in Washington, D.C., responsible to the Judge Advocate General for the training and readiness of some 120 Reservists. Upon his retirement as a colonel in 2003, Judge Stucky was awarded the Legion of Merit for outstanding service.
In addition to his undergraduate and law degrees, Judge Stucky holds masters’ degrees in history from Trinity University and in law from George Washington University. He has lectured at the JAG schools of all three services, and was for ten consecutive years a panelist at the ABA’s annual Law and National Security Conference. He is a member of the board of directors of Omicron Delta Kappa, a college leadership society.
Judge Stucky is married to the former Jean Seibert. Jean Stucky, a graduate of Wellesley College and Cornell Law School, is Contractor Labor Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy. The Stuckys have two children, Mary-Clare and Joseph.
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