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...
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 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...
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...
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 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.
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....
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 ...
Sept. 30, 2014
Leadership from the bench
Editor’s note: At a recent judge advocate retirement, the Chief Judge of the Department of the Navy, Capt. Chris Reismeier, gave a keynote address. The following is an adaptation of that speech, which gives a JAG Corps perspective of leadership from...
Sept. 9, 2014
U.S., Partner Nation Judge Advocates Support PANAMAX 2014
Twelve judge advocates from three nations assembled in August for PANAMAX 2014, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise designed to test the ability of a multinational force to defend th...
Aug. 21, 2014
NLSC Junior Officer & Sailor of the Quarter
It is my distinct pleasure to recognize outstanding judge advocates and legalmen for professional excellence and dedication to service. I am pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected as the Naval Legal Service Command Junior Officer of the Quarter and Sailor of the Quarter for the period from April to June 2014.
Aug. 19, 2014
Environmental Law (Code 12)
The Office of the Judge Advocate General Environmental Law Division (Code 12) provides subject matter expertise to the Navy Judge Advocate General on the impact of environmental law on naval operations.
Aug. 14, 2014
USS Peleliu is All-American
The ship’s command citizenship representative (CCR), Lt. Connor D. Flynn, armed with passion, training, and “know-how” to assist service members with becoming U.S. citizens, screened every Peleliu Sailor listed on the Fleet Training Management and Planning System (FLTMPS) Report as “non-citizen.” With pacesetting leadership, he then worked with Peleliu chain-of-command, and personnel and support staff to accomplish a monumentally ambitious goal of an “All-American” crew
July 3, 2014
Pago Pago, American Samoa native serves aboard USS Harry S. Truman
Petty Officer Jasmine Laumoli serves aboard USS Harry S. Truman....
July 1, 2014
Navy Lawyer Completes Summer Immersion Portion of Program for Emerging Leaders
U.S. Navy Lt. Ryan J. Sylvester, judge advocate assigned to Defense Service Office North, recently completed the Summer Immersion portion of the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction’s (WMD Center) Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) at National Defense University (NDU). He was selected for this program as part of the seventh PEL class of 25 members, which has representatives from across the services and the U.S. Government.
June 6, 2014
2014 Outstanding Navy Legal Professional
During the 2014 Law Day celebration held on May 2nd at the Kitsap County Courthouse in Port Orchard, WA, the Kitsap County Bar Association recognized Lt. Lauren F. Hanzel, Naval Submarine Support Center, Bangor staff judge advocate, as the 2014 Outstanding Navy Legal Professional.
June 3, 2014
Navy bids fond farewell to Italian employee with four decades of service
The Region Legal Service Office, and the greater Navy community in Naples, bid a farewell to Concetta Henderson on April 29th, 2014, as she retired after over four decades of service. As an Italian local national, Mrs. Hen...
May 13, 2014
Admiralty & Maritime Law Division – Home of the Silver Oar
When the going gets tough, the tough call the Admiralty and Maritime Law Division (Code 11), within Naval Civil Law Support Activity. Code 11 provides legal advice to the Fleet worldwide, adjudicates claims against the Navy, asserts claims on behalf of the Navy, and serves as agency counsel supporting the Department of Justice in federal lawsuits involving the Navy.
April 29, 2014
Judge Advocate General's Corps In-Service Procurement Program
The FY-14 Judge Advocate General's Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) Selection Board met on January 30th, 2014 and considered 11 highly qualified applicants. Due to unique circumstances this year, two exceptional applicants will commission through this program.
Feb. 24, 2014
NLSC Junior Officer, Sailor of the Quarter
It is my distinct pleasure to recognize outstanding judge advocates and legalmen for professional excellence and dedication to service. I am pleased to announce that the following ind...
Feb. 18, 2014
Navy Lawyer Expands Horizons at Sea Practicing Operational Law
From leaving the turmoil of a war-torn nation following the break-up of the Soviet Union, to now teaching thousands of Navy and Marine Corps operators in the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) the law of armed conflict, Lt. Givi Tibaneli, a Navy judge advocate, is on an eight-month deployment practicing a unique and specialized form of his profession.
Feb. 3, 2014
2013 Legalman & Sailor of the Year
Please join us in congratulating Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Monteith on his selection as the 2013 Judge Advocate General Legalman of the Year, and Legalman 1st Class (SW/AW) Earl Brown on his selection as the 2013 Naval Legal Service Command Sailor of the Year.
Jan. 30, 2014
Farewell to Shirley Huffman
Shirley Huffman will celebrate her retirement after almost three decades of civil service on Jan. 31. Huffman started her long career of Government service as a legal clerk for the Office of th...
Jan. 23, 2014
International & Operational Law
The Office of the Judge Advocate General International and Operational Law Division (Code 10) provides legal services in diverse areas involvi...
Dec. 3, 2013
Last spring, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and volunteer at the Maison Fortune Orphanage School, officially named, “L’Ecole Mixte Jean Louis Fortuné.” Maison F...
Nov. 22, 2013
Please join us in congratulating the Naval Legal Service Command's Junior Officer and Sailor of the Quarter.
Nov. 12, 2013
Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy honored by National Bar Association
WASHINGTON -- The Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command, received the Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award from the National Bar As...
Sept. 10, 2013
Legal Assistance Attorney Selected for Prestigious ABA Award
Region Legal Service Office Hawaii is proud to announce the selection of Sarah Courageous, for the prestigious 2012 American Bar Association Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Di...
Aug. 21, 2013
Taking a Break
Legalman 2nd Class Nadine Williams always had dreams of becoming a lawyer.
Aug. 16, 2013
Enlisted Reserve Law Program Award Winners
RADM Hugh H. Howell, Jr. Award of Excellence - Legalman 2nd Class Rose Terry, Navy Reserve Operational Support Unit 0659 and cross-assigned to NR Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic and Legalman 2nd Class Jose Torres, NR International Law (OJAG ...
July 23, 2013
Navy Lawyer Among “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40"
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy judge advocate, Lt. Tashinda Richardson, has been named to the National Bar Association (NBA) and IMPACT’s “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.” Honorees will be recogniz...
May 30, 2013
Navy Legalmen Revive "Tacking on the Crow"
Legalman 2nd Class Lindsay Small, Legalman 2nd Class Rah'Asia Hicks, and Legalman 2nd Class C. Brooke Casey revive a naval tradition, tacking on the crow....
May 23, 2013
Spotlight On: Master Chief Legalman Shannon Charles
This week, we congratulate Master Chief Legalman Shannon Charles, who recently earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. This accomplis...
May 20, 2013
Appellate Government (Code 46)
If you want a bird’s eye view of the trial process, a tour in an appellate code at Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity (NAMARA) is a must.