We’ve previously discussed Section 506 of the 2010 DOD Authorization Act  requiring a study of the way the Navy and Marine Corps provide legal services. A friend o’ CAAFlog has sent us the hearing notice for the committee.  But first, here are the panel’s members:

1) Mr. Daniel J. Dell’Orto, Chairman (former DoD General Counsel);

2) Ms. Judith A. Miller (former DoD General Counsel);

3) Mr. William Molzahn (former Principal Deputy General Counsel of
the Navy);

4) Lt. Gen. Henry P. Osman, USMC (Ret.) (former Deputy Commandant of
the Marine Corps for Manpower and Reserve Affairs); and

5) RADM James E. McPherson, JAGC, USN (Ret.) (former Judge Advocate General of the Navy).

Now for the hearing notice:


Department of the Navy
Meeting of the Independent Panel To Review the Judge Advocate Requirements of the Department of the Navy

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


Federal Register: August 16, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 157)]

SUMMARY: The Independent Panel to Review the Judge Advocate Requirements of the Department of the Navy (DoN) (hereinafter referred to as the Panel) will hold an open meeting. The Panel will meet in order to hear testimony from senior members of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and to conduct deliberations concerning the judge advocate requirements of the DoN.  These sessions will be open to the public, subject to the availability of space. In keeping with the spirit of FACA, the Panel welcomes written comments concerning its work from the public at any time. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the sessions.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City, 550 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning this meeting or wishing to submit written comments may contact: Mr. Frank A. Putzu, Designated Federal Official, Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command, Office of Counsel, 1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Building 197, Rom 4W-3153, Washington, DC 20376, via Telephone: 202-781-3097; Fax: 202-781-4628; or e-mail: frank.putzu@navy.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 506 of Public Law 111-84, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972, (5 U.S.C. Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.50, this is a public meeting and interested citizens are encouraged to attend the sessions.

Interested persons may submit a written statement for consideration by the Panel at any time prior to August 23, 2010.

D. J. Werner,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy,
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-20153 Filed 8-13-10; 8:45 am]

6 Responses to “506 Panel to hold hearing next Wednesday”

  1. Phil Stackhouse says:

    You know – if they really wanted to know – they’d not just call the pie-in-the-sky ivory towered folks – maybe a few junior attorneys to contrast the way it is vice the way it’s supposed to be, perhaps a few outsiders, and someone who will give a real critique vice a defense of the: this is the way we’ve always done it and it’s worked pretty well.

  2. John Baker says:


    It’s an open forum, so I assume you can participate or send them your thoughts.
    For an idea of where the Marine judge advocate community is headed, you should read Gen Ary’s strategic action plan, which is available here at http://www.marines.mil/unit/judgeadvocate/Pages/LegalSAP.aspx.
    I’m headed to Okinawa tomorrow for my first site visit as the CDC and to meet with all my RDCs to finalize the proposed change to Chap 2 of the LEGADMINMAN discussed in the body of the SAP. If you have any thoughts on how to change Chap 2 send them my way.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Meeting info and documents being considered by the panel are posted at http://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.

    Hit the Committees Search button and type-in Judge Advocate.

    Documents are under the meetings header.

  4. Charles Gittins says:

    I concur, Phil. I don’t know how “independent” this panel is — they are all people who were at the top of the system and not in a position to really understand how it works. The lack of timely notice is pretty shitty as well. Less input . . . . less work for them requiring no pesky tame wasting “analysis.” Yes, I am skeptical. A panel chosen and appointed so that the Navy gets a good “grade.”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Also previously discussed at

  6. Anon says:

    Hey Charlie, “…all people who were at the top of the system and not in a position to really understand how it works.” Is that an indictment against all leaders or just those on the Panel?