Major General (ret.) Clyde Tate Joins Justice For Vets as Senior Fellow for Veteran and Legal Affairs


“There is no one better suited to delve into the critical legal issues facing Veterans Treatment Courts.” – General (ret.) Barry McCaffrey


Major General Clyde Tate delivers remarks during the inaugural Justice For Vets’ Vet Court


Justice For Vets is honored to announce that Major General (ret.) Clyde ‘Butch’ Tate has been hired as the new Senior Fellow for Veteran and Legal Affairs. Major General Tate brings to the position over 30 years of experience in the U.S. Army where he most recently served as the 19th Deputy Judge Advocate General (JAG), one of the top two military attorneys in the Army. Major General Tate holds his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas where he began his military career in the ROTC program. He also holds Masters Degrees in Military Law and National Security Strategy. “Major General Tate is one of the most accomplished military lawyers in our nation,” said Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald. “Veterans Treatment Courts are a judicially driven innovation and I am thrilled that Major General Tate is focusing his considerable legal acumen towards their expansion. His addition to the Justice For Vets team is another giant step towards accomplishing our mission of putting a Veterans Treatment Court within reach of every veteran in need.” 

As Senior Fellow for Veteran and Legal Affairs, Major General Tate will perform considerable duties including advising Justice For Vets on military/legal issues, serving as faculty for specific Veterans Treatment Court training, and convening an advisory council of key leadership within military and veteran’s affairs. General Barry McCaffrey, Chairman of the NADCP Veterans Treatment Court Committee, praised the hiring. “Major General Tate’s remarkable 31 year career in the United States Army was typified by a steadfast commitment to justice. There is no one better suited to delve into the critical legal issues facing Veterans Treatment Courts,” he said. “Major General Tate brings an outstanding record of service to Justice For Vets and I stand ready to work alongside him as we continue to expand Veterans Treatment Courts.”

Before serving as Deputy Judge Advocate General, Major General Tate held diverse legal and leadership positions including prosecutor, regulatory law advisor, and director of personnel. He spent nearly a decade as legal advisor to special operations and airborne units, and was the senior legal advisor for the Multinational Corps in Iraq. The breadth of his experience includes service as an Army liaison to Congress, Director of the Army’s federal litigation and procurement fraud programs, and as an ethics official, professor in an LL.M. program, Commandant of the ABA-accredited U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and Chief Judge of the Army’s Court of Criminal Appeals.  His decorations include five Awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge and numerous foreign airborne badges. He is the recipient of the prestigious Hispanic National Bar Association’s Presidential Award for Leadership, Advocacy and Service.

 In December 2013, Major General Tate delivered stirring remarks during the inaugural Vet Court Con. He spoke about his imminent retirement from the U.S. Army and what lay ahead for him and Lynn, his wife of 34 years. “The roots of our service run deep and in a matter of weeks we are not going to be able to turn a switch and no longer be of service,” he said. “That is why it is a privilege for us to support all of you as you help veterans find their unit again. You rebuild lives for those who have carried the safety of our country on their shoulders.”

 Major General Tate can be reached at