Nov. 30, 2018

Southern Seas 2018 Mission

When U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet sought volunteers to deploy to Central and South America aboard the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) in April 2018, I immediately raised my hand.  At the time, I was a first tour judge advocate (FTJA) working in the Trial Department at Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Nov. 16, 2018

VLC Program Wins Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award

On Nov. 2, 2018, the Navy's ground-breaking Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) program received the American Bar Association's (ABA) annual Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award in Washington, D.C. The award was a...

Nov. 14, 2018

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Ethics Counselor —Holiday Ethics

‘Tis the season to consult your Ethics Counselor! Below are some issues that come up annually during the holidays. See Page 8 for a discussion on NFEs and BOOFOOs.

Nov. 9, 2018

RLSO Japan Colleague Celebrates 30 Years of Service and Bar Qualification

On Oct. 19, 2018, Capt. Florencio Yuzon and Lt. Francesla Sequeira attended a celebration honoring Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Japan's own Ms. Kazumi Takahara (above, center) for more than 30 years of honorable service with United States Forces Japan (USFJ) and the Japanese Government.

Nov. 2, 2018

Judge Advocates Participate in Trident Juncture 2018

U.S. Navy and Marine judge advocates from STRIKFORNATO, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO (ESG-2), Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group EIGHT, PHIBRON ...

Oct. 26, 2018

Legalman Earns "Spirit of Freedom" Award

Earlier this fall, Legalman 1st Class Chardae M. Longshore – a JAG community member who currently serves in the legal department onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – was selected to be a recipient of the "Sp...

Oct. 19, 2018

Judge Advocate Receives Grateful Nation Award

The Jewish Institute of National Security of America (JINSA) hosted a dinner in Washington, D.C. where JAG community member Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Romelhardt was presented with a Grateful Nation Award on Oct. 10.

Oct. 16, 2018

RLSO NW Holds Change of Command

Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) held its change of command ceremony at the Bangor Plaza aboard Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor, Washington on Aug. 18. The ceremony was prec...

Oct. 12, 2018

Whidbey Island Legal Assistance Attorney Wins Award

Ms. Cecilia Welch, the civilian legal assistance attorney and subject matter expert at Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) Whidbey Island, was recently selected by the Washington State Bar As...

Oct. 5, 2018

Reserve Judge Advocate Earns WSBA Award

The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) named Capt. Les Reardanz – a highly respected member of the Navy Reserve Law Program and a valued colleague in the Navy JAG community – winner of the prestigious APEX 201...

Sept. 25, 2018

2018 Victims’ Legal Counsel Symposium

Members of the Navy's Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) Program attended the 2018 training symposium aboard Naval Base San Diego the week of August 21-24. In addition to the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff, in att...

Sept. 21, 2018

3rd Annual Advance Cyber Law Course Held at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command

The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), in coordination with the Naval Justice School and the Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General, co-hosted the annual Advanced Cyber Law Course at FCC/C10F headquarters, for the 3rd consecutive year, from Sept. 12-14.

Sept. 14, 2018

Judge Advocate Wins 2018 LATINA Style Award

JAG community member Lt. Kimberly Rios – who currently serves as Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity (Code 46) appellate government counsel – was awarded a 2018 LATINA Style Distinguished Mil...

Sept. 12, 2018

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...

Sept. 7, 2018

Sailor Excels During PANAMAX Exercise

This summer, during PANAMAX 2018 -- an annual multinational exercise focused on securing and defending the Panama Canal -- several members of the JAG community provided exceptional legal support. In particular, Leg...

Sept. 4, 2018

IKE Legal Team, Here to Help

Legalmen protect Sailors by ensuring they are aware of their rights and by exploring every legal option available in their time of need.

Aug. 28, 2018

U.S. Navy Judge Advocates Make their Mark in RIMPAC 2018

The world’s largest international maritime exercise was recently completed on and around the islands of Hawaii, and U.S. Navy judge advocates played an active, critical role in these operational training events. The Rim of the...

Aug. 24, 2018

Judge Advocate Recognized as Innovation Award Finalist

Lt. Ryan Kennedy – a member of the Navy JAG community, who currently serves as the deputy command judge advocate aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) – was named a 2017 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Inno...

Aug. 16, 2018

Fleet Cyber Command Officer is First JAG to Earn IWO Pin

Cmdr. Danielle Higson, deputy staff judge advocate assigned to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F), became the first member of the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps in the Navy to earn the Information Warfare Officer pin during a ceremony held at FCC Headquarters Aug. 10.

Aug. 10, 2018

Legalman Named RI Military Woman Of Year

Chief Legalman (Information Warfare) Stephani Pavoni was honored as the Military Woman of the Year for the State of Rhode Island in a ceremony on Naval Station Newport in June. Pavoni earned the an...

Aug. 3, 2018

2017 LAMP Distinguished Service Individual Award

The American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) selected Ms. Cynthia Catalan-Rodriguez, Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO), ...

July 27, 2018

Navy Judge Advocate Named Among Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Lt. Cmdr. Jake Romelhardt has been named among the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 (Class of 2018) by the National LGBT Bar Association. Romelhardt and his fellow honorees will be honored at the ...

July 24, 2018

CIWT’s Legal Team Preserves Above-Board Domain

The Center for Information Warfare Training’s (CIWT) legal team, comprised of Lt. Alison Malloy and Tammy Hawkins, untiringly improves the entire CIWT domain, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations in maintaining good order and discipline.

July 20, 2018

2017 LAMP Distinguished Service Group Award

We are pleased to announce that the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) selected Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, Southw...

July 17, 2018

Region Legal Service Office Southeast Visits Duval County Court

Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) legal assistance department visited Duval County Court to learn about the process many of their clients have to go through....

July 15, 2018

Providing Legal Support for the “Carrier in the Desert”

Few judge advocates and legalmen get to work in the aviation community, and even fewer have an opportunity to serve as the indispensable legal team for the “Carrier in the Desert.” The staff at Regio...

July 13, 2018

Legal Advisor to the Physical Evaluation Board

Today, we’re highlighting Lt. Autumn Gibo, legal advisor to the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) at the Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards (SECNAVCORB),...

July 10, 2018

Judge Advocates Join 22 Nations for BALTOPS Exercise

U.S. judge advocates and NATO legal advisors met at the BALTOPS 18 Pre-Sail Conference in Klaipeda, Lithuania, discussing both real world and exercise issues of international and operational law. The Conference was a final opportunity for face-to-f...

June 29, 2018

Joint Training Delegation

Lt. Joshua Fiveson, Defense Service Office West, recently served as an adjunct instructor for a joint-delegation to the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense. Fiveson taught a two-week cour...

June 28, 2018

JAG Trip Log: Millington and Pearl Harbor

In January, my planned visit to Hawaii was, unfortunately, derailed due to a shutdown of the federal government. A few ...

June 22, 2018

Victims’ Legal Counsel Serves as Panelist at Italian Jurisprudence Conference

Lt. Robert McRight, Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) Naples, Italy participated in a military justice panel in Santa Maria Capua Vetere on May 25, 2018. The panel, entitled "Magistratura ...

June 19, 2018

Reservist Argues High-Profile Case Before CAAF

Capt. Bree Ermentrout argued an emerging issue before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 5. Ermentrout is attached to the Navy’s Reserve Law Program unit which provides support...

June 15, 2018

2018 Navy JAG Corps Summer Interns

The Navy JAG Corps is proud to welcome our 2018 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 N...

June 15, 2018

Lt. Andrea Kissner Receives Military Volunteer in Action Award

Lt. Andrea Kissner, Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) Lemoore, received the 2018 Military Volunteer in Action Award from Soroptimist International of Hanford for her work in the community in Ap...

June 12, 2018

Judge Advocate General of the Navy Nomination

Please join me in congratulating Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, on his nomination by the President to be our next Judge Advocate General (JAG) o...

June 12, 2018

Navy Reserve Law Program Holds East Coast Training Symposium

The Navy Reserve JAG community met to discuss the latest developments related to the Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps May 5-6 at the 2018 East Coast Military Law Training Symposium ...

June 8, 2018

Leah Davenport selected for Executive Leadership Development Program

Leah Davenport was selected for the 2018-2019 DoD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), a civilian education program for DoD employees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership po...

June 6, 2018

Navy JAG Corps Strengthens Diversity Outreach, Partnerships

The Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps is welcoming its most diverse assembly of new judge advocates, the organization announced today.

June 5, 2018

Military Personnel (Code 61)

From “cradle to grave,” the primary focus of the Military Personnel Division (Code 61) is the recruitment, retention, manpower resources and career progression of Navy judge advocates. They are also responsible for implementing the JAG Corps diversity initiatives.

June 1, 2018

Judge Advocates Recognized by JAA and FAPAC

Last month, two Navy judge advocates – Cmdr. Sylvaine Wong and Cmdr. Ken Magee – were honored with Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Awards from the Judge Advocates Association (...

May 31, 2018

Female Service Members Speak to NYU Council During Fleet Week

NEW YORK — For the third year in a row, service members from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard participated in an event to help provide insight into the experience of being a woman in the military. Members and guests of New York University’s Women’s Initiative listened to officers and senior enlisted females at the council’s “An Insider View of Women in the Military” event held during Fleet Week New York (FWNY).

May 23, 2018

Navy JAG Corps Leaders Break New Ground with U.K. Partnership

The Navy JAG Corps publicly announced on May 23, 2018, the establishment of a new partnership with the U.K. Royal Naval Legal Services Office.

May 18, 2018

Legalman Earns Law Degree Through JAG Corps In-Service Procurement Program

Legalman 1st Class Sharon Soileau, Region Legal Service Office Hawaii, graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law, earning her Juris Doc...

May 16, 2018

RLSO SE Hosts First Ever THRIVE Seminar

Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) command services staff judge advocates (SJAs) and legalmen gathered at Naval Air Station Jacksonville to participate in the first ever Training Handoff Recognizing Issues, Vision, and Ethics (THRIVE) Seminar, April 5-6.

May 11, 2018

Judge Advocates Participate in Sixth Fleet Maritime Exercise

Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, SW Asia (EURAFSWA) sent two first tour judge advocates, Lt. j.g. John O. Wilson and Lt. j.g. Derek Kandt, on an exercise with U.S. Sixth Fleet in March 2018. During the two-week Juniper Cobra 2018 exercise, they supported Sixth Fleet Force Judge Advocates in providing legal advice to commanders and operators.

May 8, 2018

National Security Law (Code 10) 

The Office of the Judge Advocate General International and Operational Law Division (Code 10) provides legal services in diverse areas involving law of the sea; law of armed conflict; international agreements and negotiations; foreign criminal jurisdiction; and international maritime environmental law affecting U.S. Navy and Department of Defense interests.

May 4, 2018

IWC Day Promotes Professional Development

At Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW), we recently recognized two outstanding members of our JAG co...

April 27, 2018

Legalman Named 2017 Shore Sailor of the Year

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran announced the 2017 Navy Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., April 19.

April 25, 2018

2018 Military Law Training Symposium

Navy Reserve JAG officers met in Dallas, Texas at the 2018 Military Law Training Symposium for the West Coast April 7-8, 2018. Rear Adm. John G. Hannink, Deputy Judge Advocate General, and Rear Adm. Carol M. Lynch, Deputy Judge...

April 20, 2018

Legalman Named 2017 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year Finalists

Legalman 1st Class Cynthia Hunter, Navy Region Northwest Reserve Component Command, was recently named the 2017 Navy Region Northwest Reserve Sailor of the Year and was one of five finalists to compete for Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year.

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