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.

Aug. 30, 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.

Aug. 30, 2019

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...

June 27, 2019

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.

June 14, 2019

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

Jan. 28, 2019

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.

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