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Professor, manager, and legal expert Joseph Zengerle currently serves as the Executive Director of the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS), which he founded as a branch of the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, in 2004. Since its establishment, Joseph Zengerle and his colleagues have received over 500 applications for legal assistance from active duty servicemembers and have aided over 60 clients from all five branches of the armed forces in various legal matters. Joseph Zengerle also taught as Research Professor for National and Homeland Security Studies and as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University School of Law. Prior beginning his work with George Mason University in 2002, Joseph Zengerle served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of DC. While acting as Executive Director, Joseph Zengerle managed the nonprofit organization with a staff of 25 individuals, including 15 lawyers, and played a crucial role in spearheading the implementation of networked technology that later set a community standard. Joseph Zengerle also created new policies to address audits, banking, investments, and records and dramatically increased the fundraising capacities and public awareness of the Legal Aid Society of DC through his written and spoken campaign efforts. Joseph Zengerle obtained his undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964. Joseph Zengerle then served in the United States Army and earned the Bronze Star and the Outstanding Airborne Leadership award for excellence in service. Following his departure from the United States Army, Joseph Zengerle attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as a Note and Comment Editor at the Michigan Law Review.

Work experience

Jun 2002Present

Executive Director, CLAS

George Mason University School of Law


Aug 1969Dec 1971


University of Michigan Law School