CONRAD F. MALLEK / Military Law / Criminal Law

Conrad F.  Mallek, a Norridge, Illinois native, graduated from Ridgewood High School in June 1969.  He earned his varsity letters in wrestling (3 years) and track (pole vault 3 years). He had a full wrestling scholarship at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy in May 1973.  In 1976 he received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in August 1975.  He graduated from Naval Justice School in August 1977.  He was a Judge Advocate on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from August 1977 until May 1988.  He has been in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from July 1988 to March 2004, when he retired with 28 years of service.  Colonel Mallek was stationed at the following duty stations: Okinawa, Japan; Yuma, Arizona; Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines; Tustin, California; and El Toro, California.  In his twelve years of active duty he had prosecuted or defended approximately 300 military criminal bench and jury trials from major felonies to simple misdemeanors, including murder, narcotics, child molestation, rape, armed robbery, larceny, aggravated assault and bad checks.  He has spent approximately five years as a trial counsel and five years as a defense counsel and two years in review.  He had represented the government or respondent in over 60 contested administrative hearings.  He was responsible for preparation of post-trial review and analysis of over 300 cases.  He acted as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Federal Magistrate level both at Yuma, Arizona and Irvine, California. In the Reserves Colonel Mallek has held the billets of Military Justice Officer, Assistant Regional Defense Counsel West Coast, and a General Courts-Marital Judge, Sierra Circuit. Colonel Mallek was the Senior Reserve Military Judge from 1999 to 2002.

Mr. Mallek has been a Deputy County Attorney for Yuma County, Arizona from June 1988 to May 2008.  He has prosecuted major felonies to include capital murder, major narcotic investigations involving Title III wire taps and other common law crimes. He had been a supervisor since 1996.  He also handled related civil forfeiture actions.

Mr. Mallek was the President of Yuma County Bar Association in 1993.  He has been a member of the Public Lawyers Committee (1990-91), and Criminal Rules Committee (1992-2002) State Bar of Arizona.  He was the Chairman of the Criminal Rules Committee his last two years. He was on the Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Arizona from 2002-2005. He has been an Attorney-Coach, High School Mock Trial Competition from 1989-2007.  He was on the Board of Directors for Community Legal Services from 1997 to 2005. He was Co-President of the Board of Directors of CLS in 2003-2004.  He had been the Presiding Justice for the Elks Lodge in Yuma from 1995 to 2006. He has been nominated twice as the Prosecutor of the Year for Yuma County (1990, 1996).  He has also been a panel member at the seminar Capital Litigation, presented yearly by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.  He has been the coordinator for four Marine Corps Trial Advocacy Seminars and one Yuma County Trial Advocacy Seminar. He has also been an instructor in approximately twenty-two Trial Advocacy Seminars.  He has been a member of the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association, Yuma Chapter since 1993 and its president in 1998. He was appointed to the Saint Francis Church Pastoral Council in 1998 to 2007 and had been the Chairman since 2005.  He has also been appointed by the Mayor of Yuma to the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Commission. He served on that Commission from 1996 to 2006 and was Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission the last two years. He has been Head Coach or Assistant Coach for Flag Football (Pop Warner) from 1999 to 2006. He has also coached girls’ soccer from 2002 to present. Colonel Mallek has been the senior member on three executive seminars (Macedonia, Suriname and El Salvador) regarding the instruction of human rights, witness protection and military justice training for military officers and government civilian personnel under the auspices of the Expanded International Military Education and Training (EIMET) program.  He was elected as president of YALE (Yuma Area Law Enforcement) in 2006. He was recently chosen as one of 20 citizens to attend the first Citizens Academy of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol.

Mr. Mallek worked for the Department of Justice in Baghdad, Iraq from June 2008 to June 2009.  He served as Assistant Director for the Investigative Support Unit and Grant Officer’s Representative for the Baghdad Legal Defense Clinic as part of the Law and Order Task Force, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under his leadership the Investigative Unit assisted in bringing multiple high profile cases to trial before the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, Al Rusafa District. The last part of his tour he mentored 25 Iraq Defense Attorneys of the Legal Defense Clinic located inside the largest prison in Iraq. The Baghdad Legal Defense Clinic was a pilot project funded under the US Embassy Targeted Development Funds Program. The project is operated and supervised by the Iraqi Bar Association and is staffed by Iraqi lawyers and support staff.

The Legal Defense Clinic operates on a full-time basis at the Rusafa Detention Center and conducts detainee intake interviews, provides detainee clients with legal counsel and advice, represents detainee clients in investigatory hearings and at trials in accordance with Iraqi law.  In addition, this project is also designed to assist the detainee-clients with their safe reintegration back into the community.

Colonel Mallek has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (two bronze stars in lieu of third award), Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (bronze star in lieu of second award) and Armed Forces Reserve Medal for his service in the Marine Corps.  Mr. Mallek was awarded Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from Lieutenant General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., U. S. Army, a Certificate of Appreciation from Ambassador Christopher R. Hill U. S. Embassy Iraq, and recognition for his exceptional dedication and outstanding service from Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice.

 He and his wife, the former Gloria Domingo, have three daughters (Symantha, Mary, and Catherine) and a son (Frank the destroyer).