Company: Legislative Herald of Georgia, Ministry of Justice
Location: Woodstock, Illinois, United States
Ronald S. Magnum, Redactor at the Legislative Herald of Georgia through the Ministry of Justice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal services.
Gen. Magnum has worn many hats over the course of his career: Army officer, lawyer, educator, and consultant. He decided that law was the right path for him as a child, and he worked hard to make it happen. Gen. Magnum spent five years honing his skills as the assistant university counsel at Northwestern University before advancing to the position of associate of Lord, Bissell & Brook in 1974. He then garnered experience in roles like partner of Liss, Mangum & Beeler, Mangum, Beeler, Schad & Diamond, Azar, Mangum & Jacobs, and Mangum, Smietanka & Johnson, program manager of the Georgia Defense Reform Program at Cubic Applications, Inc., and county director of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia. Now, Gen. Magnum is thriving as a redactor for the Legislative Herald of Georgia at the Ministry of Justice, a professor of national security studies at the American Military University Graduate School, and the director of the Georgia Caucasus Strategic Studies Institute. He attributes his success thus far to his flexibility, curiosity, and problem-solving skills.
On the military side of the spectrum, Gen. Magnum served as the commander of the Special Operations Component of the Combined Forces Command and as the deputy commander of the Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force of the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the Republic of Korea for the latter. Although he was proud to fulfill his duty to his country, he retired in 2004.
To enhance his professional standing, Gen. Mangum is currently pursuing a PhD in international relations with an emphasis on national security at Ilia State University in Georgia. His previous academic efforts resulted in a Master of Arts in diplomacy and military studies from Norwich University in 2004, a JD from Northwestern University in 1968, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Northwestern University in 1965. Additionally, he became admitted to practice before the states of Wisconsin and Illinois, the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois.
As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Gen. Magnum received accolades like a Distinguished Service Medal, a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Republic of Korea Cheong Su National Security Medal, an Army Overseas Service Ribbon, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Master Parachute Badge, and a Korean Defense Service Medal. He also earned a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, a Korea Master Parachute Badge, and an Armed Forces Reserve Medal with a 10-Year Device, among many others.
Looking to the future, Gen. Magnum wants to make sure his knowledge is passed on to the younger generations. He intends to do this through consulting, mentoring and guiding others, participating in military exercises as a senior mentor, and writing. Most recently, in 2018, he released “Georgian Civil Military Relations: Hostage to Confrontational Politics, Caucasus Review.”
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