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News | May 12, 2017

Judge Advocate Receives Special DOJ Award

By Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs

Navy Lt. Alyssa Nichol – a judge advocate serving as a Victims’ Legal Counsel in Norfolk, Va. – was honored by the Department of Justice last week for her hard work, professionalism, and devotion to her community and loved ones.

During the 2017 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards – hosted by the Norfolk Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia – Nichol was presented the Elizabeth B. Fitzwater Memorial Award. The award honors a deserving U.S. Special Attorney who embodies the late Fitzwater’s legacy, and personifies her dedication to family, justice, and community service.

The award is not necessarily given annually, but rather when a deserving recipient is identified.

“I am so humbled by this award,” Nichol said. “During my time at the U.S. Attorney’s office, I grew every day from working with amazing professionals and people.”

For more than two years, Nichol served as staff judge advocate to Naval Criminal Investigative Service Executive Assistant Director Atlantic, and was the primary liaison between the Navy, and the local U.S. Attorney’s office. During her tenure, she prosecuted numerous high-visibility cases involving child exploitation, conspiracy to distribute heroin, aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, and assault on a federal officer as the local felony-SAUSA.

Nichol’s productive working relationships – including with local law enforcement – earned her the respect of colleagues near and far. She was widely considered a consummate team player, and her warm personality and helpful nature made her a welcome presence in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Nichol’s commitment to her family and friends was an inspiration to her colleagues, as well. After a wonderful ceremony, Nichol met with Fitzwater’s family.

“I never had the chance to meet Elizabeth Fitzwater, but I know that she was an outstanding prosecutor and an even better mother and member of the community,” she said. “I hope to do some justice to her legacy with my career.”

Bravo Zulu, Lt. Nichol!
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