Attorney Tim McLaughlin of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is part of the War
Diaries panel and exhibit at the University of California at Irvine this month.
McLaughlin was a lieutenant in the Marine Corps and a tank commander during
the 2003 invasion of Baghdad. During that time, journalist Peter Maass
was covering the invasion as was Newsweek photographer Gary Knight. The
War Diaries project is account of those events witnessed by the three men.
The project itself began in 2009 when Maass and Knight were at Harvard
University on Niemen Fellowships. Maass was researching an article on
the raising on the U.S. flag on the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos
Square and its subsequent taking down by the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines
– a unit McLaughlin was a part of. McLaughlin owned the flag. The
three men met and that meeting led to a collaboration to examine their
experiences during the invasion, and the result was the War Diaries project.
According to Knight’s website, “Our differences in interpretation
were informed by the contrasting ways we participated in the war, the
small but significant difference of angles of view, and the varying access
to information we had at the time. In 2013, to mark the tenth anniversary
of the invasion, we created an exhibition containing my photography, Tim’s
diaries, Peter's words, and personal snapshots by the three of us.” Visit
http://wardiaries.org/ to learn more.
McLaughlin left the Marine Corps in 2006, and then attended law and spent
time in Bosnia working at a war crimes tribunal. He is active in the community,
formerly serving as the president of Veterans Legal Services, which is
a charitable organization that provides free legal services to homeless
and low-income veterans.