By Lt. j.g. Christin Cotten, Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia
Trial teams in Naples received focused training from the Trial Counsel Assistance Program (TCAP) on sexual assault investigations and prosecutions May 29 to June 1.
Cmdr. Aaron Rugh and Cmdr. Robert Crow traveled to Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia (RLSO EURAFSWA) to provide the in-depth training to the RLSO’s trial teams.
The trip was part of TCAP’s Targeted Mobile Training Team efforts to educate trial counsel and RLSO legalmen and better prepare them to handle sexual assault cases. The TCAP team conducted “deep dive” case reviews and advised the trial teams on their respective ongoing sexual assault cases.
“These targeted training visits have been a perfect opportunity to meet with counsel in the trenches while focusing on the complex issues they solve in court daily,” said Rugh, director, TCAP.
RLSO EURAFSWA also capitalized on the litigation experience of two of its reservists in the area. Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Hale and Lt. Cmdr. Daniel McCoy contributed their expertise to the training.
Although RLSO EURAFSWA has the largest and most geographically diverse area of responsibility (AOR) in the JAG Corps, trial teams from various detachments attended the training. Video teleconference technology allowed personnel at remote detachments to participate, as well.
Subject matter experts from RLSO Mid-Atlantic presented blocks of instruction on court reporting and post trial processes from Norfolk.
One of the officers attending the training noted that, “[T]he symposium was a great evolution. It was wonderful to absorb a little wisdom from Cmdr. Crow and Cmdr. Rugh, and even better to do it with our folks from other locations that we don’t see very often.”