JAG Corps Achievements

The following message is from Vice Adm. Nanette M. DeRenzi and Rear Adm. James W. Crawford, III

We are proud to announce that the following members of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps community were recently recognized for their professional excellence, superior achievements, and meritorious
service. These impressive awards illustrate the incredible accomplishments of the JAG Corps community.

Capt. Carol Lynch, Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command and Assistant Counsel for Naval Education and Training Command, was awarded the Federally Employed Women Military Meritorious Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding military members who have distinguished themselves with significant contributions to diversity, equality, and the advancement of women within their respective Service.

Capt. Jeremiah Sullivan Ill, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, was awarded the 2013 Judge Advocates Association Career Armed Services Attorney Award (Reserve/Guard). This award is presented to reserve/guard judge advocates who have distinguished themselves over the course of a military career through professional accomplishments, service to community, service to the legal profession, and development of subordinates.

Cmdr. Kevin Gerrity, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, was recognized by the American Bar Association, National Conference of Specialized Court Judges for academic and judicial excellence in the U.S. Army’s Trial Judge Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. The award is presented annually to the top graduate of the course. This year’s award was shared with Cmdr. Robert Monahan.

Cmdr. Joseph Hoelz, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was awarded the 2013 Judge Advocates Association Career Armed Services Attorney Award (Active Duty). This award is presented to active-duty judge advocates who have distinguished themselves over the course of a military career through professional accomplishments, service to community, service to the legal profession, and the development of subordinates.

Cmdr. Peter Koebler, Administrative Law Division (Code 13), Office of the Judge Advocate General, was awarded the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award. This award recognizes a member of each Service for demonstrated excellence in the legal profession and dedicated community service over the course of a legal career.

Cmdr. Margaret Larrea, Defense Service Office Southeast, was awarded the 2013 Latina Style Distinguished Service Award presented at the National Latina Symposium by Latina Style Magazine. This award recognizes military members and Department of Defense civilian employees who through their service have enhanced the role of Latinas in their organization.

Cmdr. Robert Monahan, military judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, was recognized by the American Bar Association, National Conference of Specialized Court Judges for academic and judicial excellence in the U.S. Army’s Trial Judge Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. The award is presented annually to the top graduate of the course. This year’s award was shared with Cmdr. Kevin Gerrity.

Mr. Dwain Alexander Ill, Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, was awarded the 2013 National IMAGE Inc. Meritorious Service Award honoring military members and DoD civilian employees who supported the DoD mission or overseas contingency operations, or whose activities best demonstrate the core values of their respective military service or agency.

Lt. John Butler, Defense Service Office Southeast, was awarded the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Federal Lawyer Award honoring outstanding younger lawyers who have attained high standards of professional achievement. To be eligible for this award, an attorney must be employed by the United States Government for at least three years, either in a military or civilian context, and be no older than 35 years of age.

Lt. Tashinda Richardson, Region Legal Service Office Southwest, was recognized by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as part of the 2013 Class of the “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.” The Nation’s Best Advocates distinction recognizes talented individuals within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering, uplifting and advocating for the African American community.

Lt. Alexander Wann, Region Legal Service Office Southwest, was awarded the 2013 Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the promotion of equal opportunity in the Federal and District of Columbia Government work force and the AAPI communities.

Lt. Allison Ward, Office of the Judge Advocate General, was awarded the 2013. American Bar Association Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award (OYMLA). The OYMLA, a joint effort of the ABA Young Lawyer Division and the Judge Advocates Association, recognizes the legal contributions of one young judge advocate from each uniformed Service based upon professional accomplishments, service to the community, leadership, and development of subordinates.

Mr. Asa Rubman, command services paralegal, Region Legal Service Office Northwest, was awarded the 2013 National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Paralegal of the Year Award. As one of NFPA’s highest honors, the Paralegal of the Year award recognizes the individual achievements of one of its members who best exemplifies excellence in the paralegal profession.

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