Sept. 6, 2019
American Bar Association Honors Navy Judge Advocates
The career achievements of three Navy judge advocates were recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) during an awards ceremony in August at the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.
Aug. 30, 2019
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Holds Gender and Diversity Forum
Lt. Cmdr. Sarah R. Dorsett assisted Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island host a successful “Mission Readiness: Gender and Diversity in the United States Navy” forum on Ault Field. Dorsett served as the Installation Staff Judge Advocate and the Branch Head and Legal Assistance attorney at Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) Branch Office Whidbey Island from July 2016 through July 2019.
JAG Community Member Completes Clerkship at D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Navy judge advocate Lt. Cmdr. Ben Adams took a new oath of office during a special ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Aug. 13. Adams returned to active duty after completing a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Navy JAG Corps Officers Benefit from the Career Intermission Program
Three Navy judge advocates share their Career Intermission Program stories, and how this vital Navy program benefitted them professionally and personally.
Aug. 20, 2019
Navy Hosts First Joint-Service Disability Evaluation System Certification Course
The Navy’s Disability Evaluation System Counsel Program (DESCP) hosted the first-ever Joint Service DESCP Training and Certification Course at Lackland Air Force Base, July 15-18. Nearly 200 practitioners from all branches of service attended this milestone event, which was planned and staffed by JAG community personnel.
Aug. 9, 2019
Distinguished NLSC Attorney Earns Award, Selected for the Executive Leadership Development Program
Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) is proud to announce that Erica S. Riley has been selected to participate in the Department of Defense’s...
Aug. 2, 2019
CNO Naval History Essay Contest Winner
Lt. Philip D. Mayer was selected as a winner of the 2019 CNO Naval History Essay Contest in the category of Rising Historian for his essay "Incubate Innovation: The Development of Naval Aviation in the Interwar Period". Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson presented awards to the winners at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy on the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC on July 17. Mayer is currently serving as a first-tour judge advocate at Region Legal Service Office Southeast. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense.
July 29, 2019
RLSO MIDLANT Holds Change of Command
Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (RLSO MIDLANT) held its change of command ceremony at Vista Point Center on 10 July 2019. The full audience included many distinguished gu...
July 26, 2019
RLSO NDW LGBT Pride Celebration and Reflection Event
Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) Inclusion & Diversity Heritage Committee held a LGBT Pride professional development event in observance of LGBT Pride Month on June 19. The event, held in the RLSO NDW courtroom, drew several dozen JAG Community members from across the National Capital Region, including Navy Judge Advocate General Vice Adm. John Hannink and colleagues from RLSO NDW, Defense Service Office North and the Office of the Navy Judge Advocate General.
July 19, 2019
Fleet Engagement Efforts in Rota
The Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) is renewing its focus on Fleet engagement. To support this effort, the RLSO has designed and rolled-out the Fleet Legal Engagement Program (FLEP) to create positive opportunities for Sailors to engage with the N...
July 12, 2019
National Security Law Extern Makes His Mark
Alex Park knew he wanted to be a judge advocate even before he applied to the Georgetown University Law Center. “That feeling was solidified when, while in law school, I learned the JAG Corps provided an opportu...
July 9, 2019
NCIS SJA Presents Law Enforcement Public Service Award to Interagency Investigative Team
Lt. David Layne, staff judge advocate, Executive Assistant Director for Atlantic Operations Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), presented a public service award to members of the NCIS, Defense Criminal investigative Service, Internal Revenue Service, and Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work in the case of United States v. Randolph M. Prince.
July 1, 2019
Marriage in Japan — Misconception and Actuality
Servicemembers often come to the Legal Assistance Office seeking advice in getting married in Japan. They visit us either to seek information regarding the process or assistance in obtaining command approval. They often come misinformed. This article is intended to dispel the five most common misconceptions about getting married in Japan.
June 28, 2019
The JAG Community Supports BALTOPS 2019
Eight members of the Navy’s JAG community – as well as U.S. Marine Corps judge advocates and a civilian attorney – provided critical legal support to the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 exercise June 9-21 in the B...
June 27, 2019
CARAT 2019: Building Security Through Maritime Domain Awareness
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Todd Hutchins, staff judge advocate assigned to Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, and Royal Thai Navy Capt. Yuthanavi Mungthanya, commanding officer of HTMS Bandpakong (FFG 456), participate in a maritime domain awarenes...
RLSO Hawaii Holds Change of Command
Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Hawaii held a change of command ceremony June 19 aboard USS Missouri (BB-63) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Rear Adm. Darse E. Cranda...
June 21, 2019
Miller Wins Junior Civilian of the Year
Diane Miller, Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) EURAFSWA (Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia) Detachment Rota, received the Junior Civilian of the Year 2018 for Naval Legal Service Command (...
June 14, 2019
2019 Navy JAG Corps Summer Interns
The Navy JAG Corps is proud to welcome our 2019 summer interns! The Navy JAG Corps offers internships and externships to law students wishing to gain valuable legal experience, the opportunity for academic credit, and greater insight into life as a Navy judge advocate. Meet some of our summer interns.
Officers Receive Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Awards
On May 21, the exceptional achievements of two members of the Navy JAG community – Cmdr. Katherine “Katy” Pasieta and Cmdr. Ann Vallandingham – were acknowledged with Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Awards. Th...
June 7, 2019
Day in the Life of a Navy JAG
Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington's recruiting team hosted a successful "Day in the Life of a Navy JAG" event, welcoming law students and career service advisors from local law schools to the Pentagon. The event included variou...
May 31, 2019
Capt. Lia Reynolds Wins 2019 Burton Award
Capt. Lia Reynolds, commanding officer of Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Hawaii, received the 2019 Burton Award for Public Service in the Military at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on May 20. The Burton Award...
May 24, 2019
JAG Community Commands Earn Retention Awards
Three JAG community commands were selected for the Fiscal Year 2018 Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT&E) Retention Excellence Award:
May 17, 2019
Navy Judge Advocate Awarded the U.S. Special Operations Command Garrison Award
Lt. Cmdr. Charles (“Charlie”) Gough was awarded the 2018 U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Garrison Award. The Maj. Gen. Garrison award is presented to the attorney or paralegal who b...
May 10, 2019
Navy Civilian Makes Quilts for Children
Mr. Randal Powers, Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Mid-Atlantic Branch Office Newport, is an expert quilter and has dedicated numerous hours to making quilts for ill children. Starting when he was about 10 years old, Powers helped his mom quilt...
May 3, 2019
Legalman Plans “Women Trailblazing at Sea” Symposium
Legalman 1st Class Keia Greenwood – a member of the Navy JAG community, who has been attached to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) since September 2017 – played a critical role in the planning of the inaugural "Women Trailblazing at Sea" symposium on March 13.
April 26, 2019
Legal Officer Course Mobile Training Team
Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore is quickly becoming a hub for innovation and creative ways to train the over 6,000 Sailors assigned in the area. A joint effort by NAS Lemoore staff judge advocate (S...
April 19, 2019
Key West SJA partners with local Law Enforcement
Naval Air Station Key West's Security Forces issued 37 federal citations to vessels anchored in restricted waters off Fleming Key, including a number of vessels being operated as vacation rentals. The enforcement operation was conducted in conjunctio...
April 16, 2019
Professional Development at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
Region Legal Service Office Southeast first tour judge advocates from Jacksonville, Mayport, and Pensacola traveled to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to participate in "Kings Bay Day," an...
April 5, 2019
Judge advocates Attend Oxford Course for Military and Government Lawyers
Cmdr. Bradley Parker, Office of the Judge Advocate General, and Lt. Derek Kandt, Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia (RLSO EURAFSWA), attended the 2019 Oxford Course for...
March 29, 2019
Navy Judge Advocate helps train African nations in Cutlass Express 2019
Cmdr. Brian Whitaker, a judge advocate assigned to Navy Reserve Commander Navy Europe-Navy Africa-Sixth Fleet, joined with sailors and marines from around the world in Pemba, Mozambique in support of exercise Cutlass Express 2019, Jan. 28-Feb 6.
March 22, 2019
Naval District Washington Trains Prosecutors and Investigators
Lt. Amanda Serfess – trial counsel at Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington – trained local JAG community and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) personnel. During two lively lea...
March 15, 2019
JAG Corps Team Receives Tour of Mine Countermeasures Ship USS Gladiator (MCM11)
The team from Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) EURAFSWA Detachment Bahrain toured the USS Gladiator (MCM 11), one of four Mine Countermeasures ships home-ported in Bahrain. It was the first time...
March 8, 2019
Mighty IKE’s all-female legal team sets a big precedent
Last summer, the legal department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) became the ship’s only all-female department. While all-female workplaces are incre...
March 1, 2019
RLSO MIDLANT Hosts Second Annual “A Day in the Life of a U.S. Navy JAG”
Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic’s (RLSO MIDLANT) recruiting team hosted another successful “A Day in the Life of a U.S. Navy JAG” event, welcoming 33 prospective judge advoca...
Feb. 26, 2019
MIT SEMINAR XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest
Navy JAG Corps senior officers and civilians seeking to deepen their understanding of national security and foreign relations policy are eligible to apply to be Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI Fellows at no cost to themselves or their assigned command.
Feb. 22, 2019
Legalman Selected for JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program
The Fiscal Year 2019 Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) selection board met in February to consider 15 highly qualified applicants and selected Legalman 1st Class Matthew B. Burns, Strategic Communications Wing One (SCW-1) the second legalman selectee in the program’s five-year history.
Feb. 21, 2019
U.S. 2nd Fleet and the Era of Great Power Competition
In early 2018, a new National Defense Strategy was released highlighting a shift in focus from regional threats to great power competition. Seeing the need to adopt this new focus, CNO announced the reestablishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet, calling it a “dynamic response to a dynamic security environment” and adding, “That’s why today, we’re standing up 2nd Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the North Atlantic.”
Feb. 15, 2019
2019 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars Announced
Lt. Ben Maddox selected to participate in the prestigious program
Feb. 12, 2019
Five Years In, Navy JAG Corps In-service Procurement Program Continues to Shine
This past month, Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW) hosted a commissioning ceremony for Lt. j.g. Melisa Wink, welcoming her as the newest member of the RLSO NDW and Navy JAG Corps wardroom. Wink, a 2018 honors graduate of George Mason University School of Law, checked aboard RLSO NDW in 2015 as Cryptologic Technician Collection 2nd Class Wink, the third Sailor to have earned her law degree through the JAG Corps In-service Procurement Program (IPP).
Feb. 8, 2019
USS John C. Stennis Hosts Rare General Court-Martial at Sea
A rare naval tradition was observed onboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the First Navy Jack was hoisted up the signal yardarm, indicating a General Court-Martial was being held at sea.
Feb. 5, 2019
VITA Connects Service Members to Tax Support
The 2019 tax season is underway, and, once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is open to eligible Navy personnel, dependents, and retirees at select locations around th...
Feb. 1, 2019
Legalman 7th Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer announced the 2018 Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at the Chief Petty Officer’s Club in Yokosuka, Japan Jan 17th. This year’s competition featured 9 Sailors competing for the prestigious award. “
Jan. 28, 2019
Tax Season: What You Need to Know
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Free-File Options
Direct Commissioning Officer Program Selectee Blazes a New Trail
The Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps recently welcomed its first enlisted selectee under the Direct Commissioning Officer Program (DCOP). Blazing a trail for other enlisted Sailors,...
Jan. 25, 2019
2018 Legalman of the Year and Sailor of the Year
Leaders of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) community honored the outstanding service of top enlisted Sailors during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on Jan. 25.
Jan. 18, 2019
Judge Advocate Receives Deep Submergence Insignia
On Dec. 27, 2018, Lt. Sharai Elko – Staff Judge Advocate, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) ELEVEN – earned the Deep Submergence Insignia qualification – a special distinction not often awarded to Navy judge advocates....
Jan. 11, 2019
JAG Community Members Build Relationships in Key West
In late November, Legalman 1st Class Dameon Smith and Lt. John Wilson, from the Naval Air Station Key West staff judge advocate office, proactively arranged a tour of the Coast Guard station in Key West, ...
Dec. 21, 2018
Legalman Named COMLOG WESTPAC Senior Sailor of the Year
Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) named Legalman (LN) 1st Class Rebecca Duclayan as its senior Sailor of the year during a ceremony Dec. 7.
Dec. 14, 2018
Lt. Bob Liu Supports Largest Overseas Navy Hospital
With only a handful of military treatment facilities with dedicated staff judge advocates (SJAs), there aren’t many judge advocates with medical law experience. Fewer have to deal with the mix of medical law with a layer of foreign national law and a...
Dec. 7, 2018
Pensacola MCRU Employee Reaches 35-Year Milestone
Donna Landry -- a longtime member of the Navy JAG community who currently serves as a claims examiner at the Medical Care Recovery Unit (MCRU) in Pensacola, Fla. -- recently was acknowledged for reaching her 35th anniversary of federal service.