Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Thielemann, Retired, is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Tallahassee criminal division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. Prior to joining the office in 2015, he served as a judge advocate and commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 21 years before retiring. His last assignment in the military was as the chief prosecutor for the Western Region of the U.S. Marine Corps, a criminal court region that covers all cases west of the Mississippi. In that position, LtCol (Ret.) Thielemann prosecuted cases on behalf of the United States as well as supervised approximately 35 prosecutors and 20 paralegals and support staff. Prior to becoming the chief prosecutor, he served as a criminal court judge in the same region, presiding over 148 felony and misdemeanor jury and bench trials at Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the western half of the United States, as well as a term of court in Afghanistan. LtCol (Ret.) Thielemann is a member of The Florida Bar Criminal Law and Trial Lawyers sections and remains engaged with the College of Law. He served as a moot court coach for teams competing in 2016 and 2017, and is currently working with another team that will compete this spring. Last fall, he returned to campus to serve on a panel, “Why Moot Court is Not Moot,” where he discussed how moot court is applicable and beneficial to legal practice. He also participated in another law school panel, “Marijuana Legalization and the Presidential Election,” where he talked about the impact of state legalization and federal prosecution.