David E. O’Neill

David O'Neill

JD, 2020


Robert E. Thibault And Richard B. Schenck Award For Service To The Military

The Robert E. Thibault and Richard B. Schenck Award for Service to the Military recognizes one or more members of the graduating class who have undertaken extraordinary efforts to honor, assist, or otherwise support veterans and current members of the United States Armed Forces and who possess the personal qualities that reflect the qualities of Robert Thibault and Richard Schenck – both of whom were military veterans – including honor, integrity, leadership, self-sacrifice, selfless service, and courage. This year, David O’Neill, worked to create ways to give back to those who served and publicized ways to serve the military and urged fellow students to do so.
David will receive a monetary award, an engraved plaque, and an American flag.  

The award committee said: “David was an ROTC scholarship recipient during his undergrad and delayed his service commitment until after law school. That dedication to the military continued while at GW Law. He has been promoting service to the military since his 1L year when he became actively involved in the Military Law Society and then took over leadership positions in that student group, first as Vice President and then as President.

He organized career panels, scholarly discussions, pro bono and service projects, hosted leaders from the defense community, and provided outreach and networking opportunities to our students, veterans, and the military. He worked with offices and other student groups throughout the law school, University, and national security community, helping to promote services to active duty military, reservists, and veterans and gaining the respect and trust of numerous administrators throughout the law school and the University.

He led numerous activities to support veterans such as organizing greeters for Honor Flight to greet combat veterans as they arrive at Reagan Airport and Wreaths Across America – laying and retrieving wreaths at Arlington Cemetery.  He also kept veterans apprised of scholarships, benefits, and career opportunities, and connected students to numerous active duty military offices to perform copious hours of volunteer work. 

Despite his busy academic schedule, he also served as an extern for the U.S. Army JAG Corps, working as an intern for the Army Court of Criminal Appeals during his 2L year.  He was selected and served as a paid summer intern for the Army JAG Corps at Fort Benning, Georgia during his 2L summer.  

He has been the face of the national security program for veterans and active duty military law school applicants and admitted students, welcoming them with an overview of the Law School and he has led by example and mentored countless students."

David O’Neill is a graduate of the University of Richmond, in Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Philosophy, Economics, and Law with a minor in French. David was selected for and has accepted a commission as an officer, on Active Duty, in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.