General Counsel, D.C. Department of Behavioral Health; Adjunct Professor of Law Matthew W. Caspari J.D., Loyola University Chicago; M.S.S., U.S. Army War College; B.S., Ball State University
Since 2008, Professor Caspari has served as the General Counsel for the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. In this role, he serves as the principal legal advisor to the Department and Saint Elizabeths Hospital, a 292-bed psychiatric hospital, where he supervises a team of attorneys providing legal and strategic planning advice on all agency programs and operations, including behavioral health legislation, rulemaking, litigation, labor and employment, and compliance. Prior to his current position, Professor Caspari served as an Assistant Attorney General in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General Civil Litigation Division where he litigated complex cases on behalf of the District in U.S. District Court and the D.C. Superior Court. Professor Caspari began his legal career as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he mobilized to Kosovo in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. During this time, he also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky and Middle District of Tennessee. Professor Caspari is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently commands a unit of 80 lawyers and paralegals in Fort Hamilton, NY. In his civilian and military career, Professor Caspari has supervised, coached, and mentored over 120 attorneys and paralegals.