Dec. 13, 2019
Judge Advocates Pen Chapters for New Book
Navy judge advocates Cmdr. Tim Boyle and Cmdr. Sean Thompson were published in the recently released book, The Law of Naval Warfare, which was compiled by the University of Adelaide Law School in Australia.
Dec. 6, 2019
CSS-15 Announces Sailors of the Year
Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen announced its Sailors of the Year during an all hands call at Konetzni Hall, Nov 14. Capt. Tim Poe and Command Master Chief Eric Baker announced Legalman 1st Class Stacy Oglesby-Peacock as Senior Sailor of the Year and Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Patrick Trevino as the Junior Sailor of the Year.
Nov. 22, 2019
USS GHWB Legal Department Earn Qualifications
The Legal Department aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) crushed qualifications! Lt. SaraAnn Bennett qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) (OOD(U/W)), Legalman 1st Class Precious Lee and Legalman 3rd Class Tiffany Williams earned Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualifications, and Legalman 1st Class Jonathan White earned Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualification.
Nov. 15, 2019
Ms. Jana Rittman Received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Human Resource Specialist at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), Ms. Jana Rittman received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for outstanding meritorious service while serving the Judge Advocate General and Commander, Navy Legal Service ...
Nov. 8, 2019
Judge Advocate and Harvard Law School Fellow Shares Public Service Experience
Lt. Joshua Fiveson – a judge advocate currently assigned to the Appellate Government Division at the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy – provided remarks at the 20th annual dinner for Harvard Law School (HLS) Heyman Fellows in Washington, D.C.
Nov. 1, 2019
VLC Team Member Coordinates Charitable Drive in Naples
In late August, Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Coryna Houston – who currently is stationed in Naples, Italy, and provides administrative support to the Navy JAG community’s Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) program – coordinated an extremely successful humanitarian drive for a nearby immigrant family shelter.
Oct. 25, 2019
Reservist Re-affiliates with Navy Reserve Law Program
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Baugh – an accomplished civilian attorney, as well as a former judge advocate and Navy Reserve member – re-affiliated with the Navy Reserve Law Program. Motivated by a sense of duty...
Oct. 18, 2019
Judge Advocate Honored by Alma Mater
Cmdr. Tim Stone – who currently serves as the officer in charge at Defense Service Office (DSO) West in Bremerton, Wash. – was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from his undergraduate alma mater, Ottawa University, on Oct. 11, 2019.
Oct. 11, 2019
JAG Community Member Named Honor Graduate of Sergeants Course
Marine Corps Sgt. Demontre Neal – who currently is assigned to the trial department at the Region Legal Service Office detachment in Pensacola, Fla. – was named Honor Graduate of the Sergeants Course on Sept. 30, 2019, at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Oct. 4, 2019
Judge Advocate Helps Plan Women’s Symposium in Sasebo
Lt. Shauna Morris – a judge advocate assigned to Defense Service Office (DSO) Pacific – played an integral role in the planning and execution of the 2019 Sasebo Women’s Waterfront Symposium on Sept. 18 at the Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) Community Education Center.
Sept. 20, 2019
LT Thomas Caruso Receives Law School Award
Lt. Thomas M. Caruso has been named a recipient of the 2019 Syracuse Law Honors Awards, which are presented annually to celebrate the achievements of the university’s law school alumni, faculty and current students.
Sept. 13, 2019
Judge Advocates Recognized with 2019 LATINA Style Awards
Two Navy judge advocates – Lt. Cmdr. Margaret “Maggie” Cole and Lt. Melissa “Mely” Rodriguez – were presented with 2019 LATINA Style Meritorious Service Awards on Sept. 5 at the 16th Annual National Latina Symposium in Arlington, Va.
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.
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 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...
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 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
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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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...