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The Army Lawyer | Issue 4 2019 The Army Lawyer | Issue 4 2019

Military Justice's New Blueprint

In April 2019, we announced what we consider a watershed moment in military justice. We directed the redesign of our military justice support around the world. We believe this will...

The Abu Ghraib Trials 15 Years Later

F ifteen years ago, a set of photos shocked the national conscience. Vivid images of prisoner and detainee abuse in Iraq brought war into American homes in a way that had not been felt since...

Prosecuting Human Trafficking

I n August 2013, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Raymond Valas was an Army War College Fellow attending Syracuse University. 1 Lieutenant Colonel Valas was a member of the New Hampshire National...

Truth or Dare

Captain (CPT) John Smith, a special victims’ counsel (SVC) at Fort Bliss, meets his new client an hour before her scheduled interview with the Criminal Investigative Division (CID). The day...

Voir Dire in a Time of Me Too

Due process as a cultural matter is influenced by legal ideas but it is really a cluster of fluid notions that arise when people in different social and political contexts react to what they...

Next Level Powerpoint Presentations

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 certainly feels true. The dry mouth, the rush of...

The Blended Retirement System

Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1. —Warren Buffett For many years, retirement planning for military service members consisted of making sure you didn’t...

Flagging Soldiers

The hypothetical conversation no Brigade Judge Advocate (BJA) wants to have with their Brigade Commander after a Commanding General (CG) meeting: Brigade Commander: “How many of our...

Creek On a Leash

You are the Chief of Administrative Law at Fort Blackacre, an expansive installation located thirty miles from the Mississippi River. In recent years Fort Blackacre has undergone a series of...

Assisting Legal Assistance Clients with Digital Estates

The failure to include one’s digital footprint in an estate plan renders the plan incomplete. 1 —Sandi S. Varnado You are the Chief of Legal Assistance and one of your attorneys is out...

A Roadmap for Leaders of SVCs

Like many special victims’ counsel (SVC), the authors of this article work under the supervision of officers and leaders who served as trial counsel or defense counsel before the Army...

Mitigating Secondary Stress in Military Justice

Military justice (MJ) practitioners 1 continuously immerse themselves in often the most traumatic moments of other people’s lives. Whether prosecuting a sexual assault, or any other crime...

News & Notes 2019 Issue 4

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...

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the MJA of 1968

On 3 August 2019, The Judge Advocate General (TJAG), Lieutenant General (LTG) Charles N. Pede, co-hosted, along with the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the service TJAGs, and the S taff...

RAJA Visits Vegas

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 that question, and you will hear...

49th Staff Judge Advocate Course Wrap-Up

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 General’s Legal Center and...

Two Lieutenants and an Angry Russian Bear

A version of this article was first published in the Spring 2011 issue of Prologue—the magazine of the National Archives. “This court, upon secret written ballot, finds you of the charges...

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Promoting Inclusion at JAG Corps Events

In late June, the halls and classrooms of our Corps’ home at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, filled with 132 soon-to-be Staff Judge Advocates (SJAs) and Deputy SJAs (DSJAs). But they were not the only future leaders in town. The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) invited the spouses of SJA Course attendees, specifically those spouses who’d indicated a willingness to provide volunteer service at their gaining installations, and to attend the...

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