- Senior Military College Fellow, 2007, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University
- LL.M., 1997, The Judge Advocate General’s School Charlottesville, Virginia Military Law, Specialization in Criminal Law
- J.D., 1993, Notre Dame Law School
- B.S., 1985, Northern Kentucky University
- A.S., 1983, Northern Kentucky University
Prior to his appointment as the President and Dean of Ave Maria School of Law, Dean Cieply served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Dean Cieply also served for more than 22 years in the Army and Wyoming Army National Guard as a helicopter pilot, Company Commander, and a Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) Officer. As a JAG Officer, his practice included prosecuting courts-martial cases, prosecuting major criminal procurement fraud cases in federal courts as a full-time Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and serving as the Senior Legal Advisor on all military matters for the Wyoming Army National Guard. Dean Cieply’s last military assignment was as the Chief, Legal Operations (Land), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), concentrating on counterterrorism and Defense Support of Civilian Authorities. Dean Cieply retired from the military with the rank of Colonel. He is admitted to practice in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and Wyoming, the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Honors and Professional Affiliations
- Legatus, President Naples Chapter
- Third Place, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Article Competition (Rendition: The Beast and the Man). 2007
- Hall of Fame Inductee (Soccer), Northern Kentucky Univ. 2001
- Honor Graduate, LL.M. Course 1997
- Criminal Law Award, LL.M. Course 1997
- Writing Award, LL.M. Course 1997
- Distinguished Honor Graduate, Army Flight School 1986
- Graduated NKU, Magna Cum Laude 1985
- Distinguished Military Graduate, ROTC 1985
- Marshall Award Winner, ROTC 1985
- Academic All-American 1984
- Athlete of Distinction, Northern Kentucky Univ. 1984
- Soccer All-American 1983 – 1984
- Arizona Bar 2014 – Present (Inactive)
- Georgia Bar 2014 – Present (Inactive)
- Florida Bar 1993 – Present (Active)
- Colorado Bar 1995 – Present (Inactive)
- Wyoming Bar 2000 – Present (Inactive)
- U.S. Supreme Court Admitted
- 9th Circuit Ct. Appeals Admitted
- 10th Circuit Ct. Appeals Admitted
- Funded Legal Education Program (Army) 1990 – 1993
- ROTC Army Scholarship 1983 – 1985
- Northern Kentucky University Soccer Scholarship (1981 – 1985).
- Advisory Board Member, Mesa Natural Gas Solutions (2014 – 2015).
- Board Member, National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ).
- Retired Colonel, served 22 years Active Duty Army & Active Service Army National Guard.
- Company Commander, Unit Won Toftoy Award (Best Missile Maintenance in the Army, 1990).
- Aviator, Maintenance Test Pilot, qualified in AH-1 (Cobra), UH-1 (Huey), and OH-58 (Kiowa).
- Airborne & Air Assault Qualified.
- Marathon Finisher, San Diego (2017) and Steamboat Springs, CO (1995 & 1996).
- Half-Marathon Finisher (2x in 2015).
- International Criminal Law, Chapter 10 in an Angelico Press Book: The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East (2017).
- The Admissibility of Confessions Compelled by Foreign Coercion: A Compelling Question of Values in an Era of Increasing International Criminal Cooperation, co-author with Prof. Geoff Corn, 467 Pepperdine Law Review Vol. 42, 2015.
- The Relations between Military and Civilian Authorities within the United States, co-author of this chapter found in “Legal Issues in the Struggle Against Terror,” Edited by John Norton Moore & Robert F. Turner, Carolina Academic Press, 2010.
- Charting a New Role for Title 10 Reserve Forces: A Total Force Response to Natural Disasters, 196 MIL. L. REV. 1, Summer 2008.
- Rendition: The Beast and The Man, JOINT FORCES QUARTERLY, January 2008. Awarded Third Place in the 2007 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Article Competition.
- Employment Protections for Military Service Members, WYOMING LAWYER, Dec. 2003.