The next time you see Jonathan Lurie, asking him this trivia question: who has spent the longest time as an active appellate judge in the military justice system? I would be amazed if the answer were anyone other than Joseph H. Baum. The earliest appellate decision I could find on which he sat as a judge was United States v. Smith, 5 M.J. 525 (N.C.M.R. 1976). His last published opinion on the Navy-Marine Corps Court appears to be United States v. Nicholson, 13 M.J. 928 (N-M.C.M.R. 1982). His earliest Coast Guard Court decision I could find was United States v. Kurz, 20 M.J. 857 (C.G.C.M.R. 1985). And he has continued to pump them out for the last 22 years. Can anyone beat that 28-year record?

CAAFlog has heard that Chief Judge Baum is now retiring. In the naval tradition, we wish him fair winds and following seas.

One Response to “Fair winds and following seas to Chief Judge Baum”

  1. Marcus Fulton says:

    First Golden CAAF for lifetime achievement?