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The Army Lawyer 2019 Issue 4 - The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School
The Army Lawyer | 2019 Issue 4
Military Justice’s New Blueprint
By Lieutenant General Charles N. Pede and Major General Stuart W. Risch | In April 2019, we announced what we consider a watershed moment in military justice. We directed the redesign of...
News & Notes
Photo 1: 641st Regional Support Group (RSG), Group Judge Advocate Lieutenant Colonel Sean Harshey (seated) and Paralegal Sergeant (SGT) David Calzadilla relax after completing the Danish Contingent...
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the MJA of 1968
‘Beginning this morning, the subcommittees will hold 6 days of hearings on 18 bills designed to improve the quality of military justice. The bills would amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice ....
RAJA Visits Vegas
By James P. Gerstenlauer | When your Army career is over and the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps is a fond memory, what do you miss the most? Ask your former judge advocate friends...
49th Staff Judge Advocate Course Wrap-Up
By Major Justin R. Wegner | Leadership and taking care of your people—those were the two consistent themes permeating the 49th Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) Course held at The Judge Advocate...
Two Lieutenants and an Angry Russian Bear
By Mr. Fred L. Borch III | “This court, upon secret written ballot, finds you of the charges and specifications: GUILTY.” During the last week of April 1945, those fourteen words rang out...
The Blended Retirement System
By Major Courtney M. Cohen | For many years, retirement planning for military service members consisted of making sure you didn’t have an unintended break in service that would cause all...
Next-Level PowerPoint Presentations
By Lieutenant Colonel Megan S. Wakefield | It has been said that human beings innately fear two things—snakes and speaking in public. I am not sure whether that is true or not, but it...
By Major Jenna C. Ferrell | When a regulation says “commanders will impose a flag on a Soldier” under specified circumstances, commanders should waste no time in doing it. It may sound...
Creek on a Leash
By Captain Nathan R. Menard | You are the Chief of Administrative Law at Fort Blackacre, an expansive installation located thirty miles from the Mississippi River. In recent years Fort...
Assisting Legal Assistance Clients with Digital Estates
By Major Jonathan C. Siegler | You are the Chief of Legal Assistance and one of your attorneys is out unexpectedly. You get to cover down on the attorney’s appointments. The appointment...
A Roadmap for Leaders of SVCs
By Captain Nicholas K. Leslie and Captain Aaron R. Matthes | Like many special victims’ counsel (SVC), the authors of this article work under the supervision of officers and leaders who...
Mitigating Secondary Stress
By Major Adam S. Wolrich | Military justice (MJ) practitioners1 continuously immerse themselves in often the most traumatic moments of other people’s lives. Whether prosecuting a sexual...
Abu Ghraib Trials, 15 Years Later
By Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer L. Crawford | Fifteen years ago, a set of photos shocked the national conscience. Vivid images of prisoner and detainee abuse in Iraq brought war into...
Prosecuting Human Trafficking
By Major Matthew T. Grady | In August 2013, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Raymond Valas was an Army War College Fellow attending Syracuse University.1 Lieutenant Colonel Valas was a member of...
Truth or Dare?
By Major David A. Thompson | Captain Smith’s decision to probe his client’s nervousness about her2 pending interview is the first step of many on an ethical tightrope that many SVCs find...
Voir Dire in a Time of “Me Too”
By Major Chase C. Cleveland | Have you or a close member of your family ever been a victim of sexual assault?3 Posed to some people, this question may provoke an emotional or overwhelming...
Promoting Inclusion at JAG Corps Events
By Colonel Susan K. McConnell and Major Joshua P. Scheel | In late June, the halls and classrooms of our Corps’ home at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in...