Staff Judge Advocate
B.A., Methodist College
J.D., North Carolina Central University
LL.M., WMU Cooley Law School
Staff Judge Advocate, United States Air Force
Major Samantha Sliney has served in the United States Air Force JAG Corps since 2014, serving as a prosecutor, defense counsel, deputy staff judge advocate, Accident Investigation Board legal advisor, discharge board legal advisor, and staff judge advocate. Major Sliney's experiences span an array of legal areas with an emphasis in military justice and national security law.
Major Sliney also serves as the Co-Chair of the Department of the Air Force Women's Initiatives Team (WIT): one of seven Barrier Analysis Working Groups (BAWGs) reporting directly to the Secretary of the Air Force's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, Major Sliney works to identify and combat artificial barriers to women's service in the Department of the Air Force and the Department of Defense. For her work on this team, Major Sliney was recognized as a team member of the 2020 Department of the Air Force's Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year.
Major Sliney is actively involved in the legal community, serving as the 2022 President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. She is also the Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN) Pro Bono Committee Director, where she manages pro bono outreach for the organization and the Justice for Military Families (JMF) initiative that was created to link Gold Star families with pro bono legal services and representation to address legal needs after the death of a military member or veteran. MSJDN recognized Maj Sliney with the 2021 Excellence in Service award for her volunteer work and dedication to MSJDN's pro bono committee.
She has also been an active member in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International since 2008, serving in various leadership positions at all levels (currently a Disciplinary Committee member). Major Sliney was recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division as one of the Top 40 On the Rise in 2021 and by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) as a 2022 Rising List honoree.
She has her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Methodist University, her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her LL.M in Homeland and National Security Law from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is licensed to practice in Florida and Washington, D.C. She is the faculty advisor of the Homeland & National Security Law Review.