Timothy M. MacArthur, Esq. Clinical Professor and Director of Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS). B.S., Madonna University; J.D., Michigan State University/Detroit College of Law.
Timothy M. MacArthur is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Professor MacArthur brings to the position over 14 years of military experience with the United States Army. MacArthur began his legal career as an active duty Judge Advocate in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he served as a Trial Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel/Special Assistant United States Attorney and Administrative and Legal Assistance Attorney.
Following his release from active duty Tim practiced as a Principal Assistant Public Defender in Lake County, Illinois, where he litigated difficult felony cases and was a Public Defender representative to the Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court. Simultaneously, Professor MacArthur served in various legal positions in the U.S. Army Reserve, to include, as a Brigade Judge Advocate, Ethics Advisor and Team Chief.
Tim’s JAG career has taken him to many places, but perhaps the highlight is 2011 when he was selected to be the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force Guantanamo at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As part of JTF-GTMO, he served as Staff Judge Advocate in the absence of the SJA, worked on JTF-GTMO policies and procedures, oversaw legal aspects of detention operations, served as a SJA liaison to the Joint Detention Group entering the camps and resolving detainee requests, and supervised the daily operations of the JTF-OSJA.
Immediately prior to joining the faculty of George Mason, Professor MacArthur completed a 2-year mobilization in the U.S Army Office of Soldiers’ Counsel as a Physical and Medical Evaluation Board Counsel representing Soldiers before formal Physical and Medical Evaluation Boards. Professor MacArthur received his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University/Detroit College of Law in 2001. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Madonna University in 1998. Professor MacArthur is a member of the Illinois Bar.
Leigh Murray Winstead, Esq. Clinical Professor and Assistant Director, Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS). B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; J.D., American University, Washington College of Law.
Leigh Winstead is the Managing Attorney for the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic where she oversees all civil litigation matters in the clinic and manages the daily operations of the clinic. Prior to joining George Mason, Ms. Winstead was an associate at Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. practicing in the civil litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Ms. Winstead’s diverse practice encompassed, among other things, commercial contract disputes and intellectual property litigation in state and federal court. While in private practice, Ms. Winstead was named among Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for Legal Services/Pro Bono in 2013 and 2015.
Ms. Winstead has authored and co-authored several published articles including Sirius Mistake: The FCC’s Failure to Stop a Merger to Monopoly in Satellite Radio, 59 AM. U. L. REV. 83 (2009) and Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Leveraging Private Enforcement to Improve Internet Privacy, 37 WILLIAM MITCH. L. REV. 1671 (2011).
Ms. Winstead earned her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law where she was a member of the American University Law Review. Ms. Winstead is a member of the Virginia Bar.
Jessica L. O’Connell, Esq. Adjunct Professor, Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS), B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
Jessica L. O’Connell is an Adjunct Professor with the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. During her undergraduate studies, Jess was an Honors Scholar and completed an honors thesis titled “Judicial Decision-Making in Juvenile Court.” She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a recipient of the Political Science Excellence Award, and a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
During law school, Jess was a student advisor in the M-VETS clinic, where she assisted in the successful appeal of a claim at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She was also a Notes Editor for the National Security Law Journal and held various internships, to include an internship with The Honorable George D. Varoutsos, the Chief Judge of the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and an internship with the Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation (Appellate Section). Additionally, Jess volunteered with Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Jess is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association.