Nov. 2, 2015

Why US FON Operations in the South China Sea Make Sense

The U.S. Navy’s Freedom of Navigation Program is an important expression of international law. By Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom The U.S. Freedom of Navigation (FON) Program has recently drawn significant attention in the United States and the internatio...

Oct. 22, 2015

Sailors Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

SANTA RITA, Guam (Sept. 30, 2015) - The heritage committee onboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) held a celebration for Hispanic heritage month on the ship’s mess decks, Sept. 30. During the event members of the heritage committee, as well as Sailors of Hispanic descent, spoke about Hispanics throughout history that have made important contributions to our nation.

Oct. 15, 2015

How China Shot Down Its Own A2/AD Lawfare Strategy

Last month, President Obama made political history by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Arctic, where he discussed American interests in that region and the need for nations around the world to collectively address the challenges of climate change.  During that same week, another momentous event of a different sort occurred nearby:  five warships from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) transited through U.S. territorial seas off the coast of Alaska, near the Aleutian Islands. 

Oct. 14, 2015

Legalman promoted to honorary chief petty officer at NSW pinning ceremony

SAN DIEGO - Aundra Howard sat in the first of 12 long rows of folding chairs, his Navy uniform meticulously pressed, family members sitting on his left and right. Among the hu...

Oct. 9, 2015

SEAFAIR 2015 – A ceremony at sea, welcoming immigrants who serve 

“Welcome,” “welcome,” was a greeting repeated again and again on July 29, 2015 to the eight newly naturalized service members aboard the USS Boxer (LHD-4). Welcome, our brothers and sisters...

Oct. 1, 2015

Lt. Cmdr. Hunter M. Abell Receives WSBA Courageous Award

U.S. Navy officer honored for serving overseas and promoting international relationships From Washington State Bar Association SEATTLE, WA [Sept. 23, 2015] — The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) presented Seattle attorney Lieutenant Commande...

Sept. 24, 2015

DSO West Holds Change of Command

Defense Service Office (DSO) West held a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, on September 18, 2015. Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, Commander of Naval Lega...

Sept. 22, 2015

Judge Advocate Receives Two National level Diversity Awards

Lt. Cmdr. Erika Gehlen, JAG Corps Accessions Detailer, received meritorious service awards for her military service from two, national level diversity organizations.The National Organization of Mexican American Rights (NOMAR) honored Gehlen with the ...

Aug. 26, 2015

American Bar Association Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award

Recipients of the American Bar Association Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award at the annual meeting on July 31, 2015. This award recognizes the legal contributions of one young judge advocate from each uniformed service. Navy Recipient: Lt. Cmdr...

Aug. 18, 2015

Region Legal Service Office Northwest Receives Distinguished Service Award

Silverdale, Wash – The American Bar Association has announced the Region Legal Service Office Northwest was recognized for exceptional performance in the area of legal assistance and was awarded the 2014 Distingu...

Aug. 11, 2015

RLSO NDW Holds Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) held a change of command ceremony at its courtroom spaces aboard the Washington Navy Yard, District of...

Aug. 7, 2015

RLSO Midwest Holds Change of Command

Rear Adm. John Hannick, Judge Advocate General of the Navy and Commander of Naval Legal Service Command, presided over the ceremony in which Capt. Gregory Bart relieved Capt. Terrence Costello as commanding officer of Region Legal Service Office (R...

Aug. 4, 2015

Navy Judge Advocates Speak to Interns About Careers

Now that summer is here, Navy JAG Corps interns have come to the National Capital Region (NCR) to participate in a range of Navy activities, and to learn about a future career in the naval service. At a panel discussion aboard the Washington Navy Yard, attorneys from the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG), Military Personnel (Code 61), the Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW), as well as the Defense Service Office North, sat down with interns from the NCR to talk about what they can expect from their first tour in the corps, June 9, 2015.

July 30, 2015

Prep work to testify for Navy Medicine Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners

BREMERTON, Wash. - From the clinical to the courtroom, the initial Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE) training held at Naval Hospital Bremerton switched to the military justice process for t...

July 14, 2015

JTF-GTMO Legalmen awarded commendation

The Assistant Command Fitness Leaders (ACFLs) for Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) recently received commendation from Rear Adm. Kyle Cozard, commander, JTF-GTMO and Capt. Mark Winter, chie...

July 8, 2015

Promotion, Retirement of Chief Judge of the Navy

The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III and Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy Rear Adm. John G. Hannink Rear Admiral Christian L. Reismeier was promoted upon his retirement af...

June 26, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Welcomes New Leadership

The U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps held a change of office ceremony on June 26, at the Washington Navy Yard. During the traditional change of office ceremony, presided over...

June 26, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Holds Change of Office Ceremony

Today, the Navy JAG Corps will hold a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. During the traditional change of office ceremony, presided over by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm...

June 23, 2015

USS Emory S. Land Judge Advocate Engages with Royal Malaysian Navy Legal Officer

Lt. Ryan J. Sylvester, Command Judge Advocate from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) visits with Legal Officer Lt Cmdr. Mohd Shamsuni of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) in one of the RMN...

June 16, 2015

Supporting RLSO Japan’s Legal Assistance Mission With Innovative Remote Services

When I approached the end of my obligated service on active duty, I knew I wanted to stay reserves. The problem was the reason why I was leaving active duty in the first place. My...

June 9, 2015

U.S., Brazil JAG Subject Matter Expert Exchange

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard judge advocates travelled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE), focusing on operational and international law, with Brazilian navy judge advocates on March 30.

June 8, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Summer Interns 2015

The Navy JAG Corps is proud to welcome our 2015 summer interns! Haley Morton, William & Mary Law School Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary “I applied to the Navy JAG Corps Intern program because I hope to serve as a Navy JAG after graduat...

June 2, 2015

RLSO NDW Holds Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) held a change of command ceremony on April 24, 2015 at the National Museum of the Navy aboard the Washington Navy Yard.

June 1, 2015

Law Day 2015: Mock Trial

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 1, 2015) -- Serving in the role of the court reporter, Lt. Theresa Poindexter of the Belvoir Hospital Office of the Command Judge Advocate takes notes during a mock trial based on the story of the Three Little Pigs. Members of ...

May 19, 2015

In the News: Cmdr. Michael Jones promoted to military judge

Navy Reserve Commander and Scioto County Domestic Relations Court Magistrate Michael L. Jones graduated from The 58th Military Judge Course at The Judge Advocate General’s School - University of Virginia. Jones was selected by the 2014 Navy Judicial Screening Board to attend.

May 13, 2015

Judge Advocate General Nomination

The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Please join me in congratulating Rear Admiral James W. Crawford, III, JAGC, U.S. Navy, on his nomination by the President to be our next Judge A...

May 8, 2015

Navy JAG Corps Continues to Build a Diverse and Highly Qualified Team

The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Vice Adm. Nanette M. DeRenzi and Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy Rear Adm. James W. Crawford, III Recruiting the right team is the foundation of a successful future...

April 28, 2015

Power of attorney: Which one do I need?

After nearly a decade and a half of war, service members and their spouses are likely familiar with general powers of attorney. The most common type of power of attorney is a durable, general power of attorney. This document transfers nearly every legal right a person has to another individual. Durable means the document survives even if you are incapacitated for some reason (e.g. in a coma in a hospital).

April 24, 2015

LAMP 2014 Distinguished Service Awards

The Navy JAG Community proudly nominated five legal assistance attorneys and three commands for the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) 2014 Distinguished Service Awards. We are pleased to a...

April 21, 2015

Seven Things You Should Know About Knowledge Management

1. It's Not (Just) SharePoint. Successful knowledge management activities focus equally on people, process and technology. There is an important and necessary culture-shift that creates an environment...

April 14, 2015

Preventing sexual assault re-victimization requires change in culture

PEARL HARBOR – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) is currently at the forefront of Navy training and education, but less discussed and publicized among SAPR topics is the issue of command or peer retaliati...

April 9, 2015

Navy Lawyer Supports DESRON 26 for Joint Warrior

After she finished law school eight years ago, Lt. Nancy Pham sought and earned her commission in the Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. The Navy provided Pham with an opportunity to put her legal skills to use in service to her country and gave her a way to gain valuable trial experience that wouldn't have been as accessible to a junior lawyer in the civilian world. In addition to enabling her to practice military law, Pham has learned that the Navy will sometimes provide her with opportunities to step outside of her comfort zone.

April 8, 2015

U.S. Navy’s Victim Legal Counsel

“The benefits provided by the VLC program can’t be understated,” said Murphy. “The legal process can be overwhelming and frankly, confusing – especially for people who have experienced the trauma of sexual assault. The rights afforded to victi...

March 17, 2015

RLSO NDW Holds Sexual Assault Prevention Workshop

Members of Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) traveled to Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Patuxent River) and provided a sexual assault prevention and response workshop exercise for members of Scientific Development Squadron One (VXS-1) on Feb. 13, 2015.

March 13, 2015

Deputy Judge Advocate General Nomination

Please join me in congratulating Captain John G. Hannink, JAGC, U.S. Navy, on his nomination by the President to be our next Deputy Judge Advocate General o...

March 10, 2015

Legal Assistance Attorneys Receive LAMP Distinguished Service Awards

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) presented Cmdr. Andrew House and Dwain Alexander II, with 2013 LAMP Distinguished Service Awards. The LAMP Award highlights exceptional support of the m...

March 6, 2015

JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program Results

The Fiscal Year 2015 Judge Advocate General’s Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) Selection Board met on Feb. 10, 2015 and considered 15 highly qualified applicants.

March 3, 2015

DC JAGs visit the Lincoln Magna Carta

Judge Advocates from the Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) and the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA) took advantage of a unique opportunity to tour the Library of Congress’s exhibit, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor,  Jan. 14, 2015.

March 2, 2015

Navy Reserve Celebrates Its Centennial

March 3rd Marks the Celebration of U.S. Navy Reserve's 100th Anniversary Washington DC, - The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events starting in Washington DC and continuing at installations a...

Feb. 27, 2015

Lt. Cmdr. Paul Kapfer Retires After Twenty Years of Naval Service

Lt. Cmdr. Paul Kapfer retired during a ceremony in the Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington Courtroom at the Washington Navy Yard, Jan. 23, 2015. RLSO NDW and its branch offices are organized into departments and divisions that provi...

Feb. 25, 2015

Legal Services for Crime Victims

Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) provide eligible victims of a military sexual offenses with a dedicated attorney to help them understand the investigation and military justice process, safeguard their legal rights and interests, advocate on their behalf, and obtain additional support in accessing resources that may assist in their recovery.

Feb. 24, 2015

Tax Season: What You Need to Know

When does tax season start and end? The tax season began January 20th and ends April 15th for people in the United States and June 15th for those stationed overseas. Those stationed in combat zones get an automa...

Feb. 18, 2015

Five Things You Need to Know about Retaliation

Retaliation is harmful action against someone for something they did or said. It includes ostracism and is often described as professional or social. Retaliation is a violation of the UCMJ....

Jan. 30, 2015

2014 Legalman & Sailor of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Yolanda Driscoll on her selection as the 2014 JAG Corps Legalman of the Year and Legalman 1st Class (AW) Tara Harris on her selection as the 2014 Naval Legal Service Command Sailor of the Year. These two outstanding Sailors were chosen from a pool of incredibly talented nominees. ​

Dec. 9, 2014

Navy Legalmen Hone Skills in Two-Part Program

On Sept. 12, 2014, 16 legalmen from duty stations around the world graduated from the Mid-Level Legalman Course held at Naval Justice School Deta...

Dec. 5, 2014

IRS Presents Judge Advocate with Service Award

Two senior members from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), flew to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta, Ga., to present Lt. Ericka Droguett, judge advocate assigned to Office of the Judge Advocate Gene...

Dec. 2, 2014

Judge Advocate Shares Experiences with Chicago Legal Community

What exactly is “non-judicial punishment?” When would a commanding officer use a summary court martial? And how can the Navy ensure that a defendant’s due process rights are guarant...

Nov. 6, 2014

First Tour Judge Advocate Participates in Multi-National Exercise 

Join the Navy and see the world?  Eighteen months into his first tour at Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Midwest, first tour judge advocate Lt. Adam Smith had seen more “amber waves of grain” than “blue of the mighty deep.” 

Nov. 4, 2014

Work/Life Balance in the Navy JAG Corps

Life-work balance means different things to different people. To some, it means finding an equal place for work and the rest of your life. For others, it’s a matter of at least fin...

Oct. 27, 2014

Navy Region Northwest Recognizes Disability Awareness

Cmdr. Edward K. Westbrook II, Navy Region Northwest staff judge advocate, has an office teammate read him an email while he wears goggles to simulate blindness during National Disability Employment Awareness month. Navy Region Northwest participated ...

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