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CAAF’s website (as well as the AFCCA’s website that is hosted on the same server) looks to be down. With oral arguments scheduled for next week, I’m publishing previews this week that link to briefs hosted on CAAF’s site. If anyone has a burning desire to read one of those briefs before CAAF’s website comes back online, drop me a line at zack@caaflog.com

A brief personal update: I left active duty on July 1 and moved to Massachusetts with my wife and two children. I remain in the Marine Corps Reserve. I’ve been busy setting up the household and preparing for civilian practice. More news on that to come.

I will continue blogging. In fact, I’m planning to do a lot of writing about military justice issues in the coming months. For example, here is a link to my analysis of the new Article 60(c) (the convening authority’s clemency power for offenses committed on or after June 24, 2014) published as part of the LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis series, 2014 Emerging Issues 7217.

While we typically shy away from self promotion, I really think the new contributors to the blog deserve the same type of recognition that the blog got back in 2008 when the ABA Journal named us to 2008 ABA Blawg 100, as one of the top 100 legal blogs as selected by editors at the ABA Journal.

To do that this year, I think we need some help.  There is now a Blawg 100 Amici page that allows fans of law blogs to nominate them for inclusion in the Top 100.  Submit your nomination for any of your favorite law blogs by no later than 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 8, 2014.

Here are some of our favorite posts from 2013-14, feel free to add yours in comments

For you expert commenters out there, here is your chance to get paid to give your expert opinions. The Marine Corps is hiring two additional highly qualified experts. One position is for a prosecution HQE, located in the national capitol region, and the other is for a defense HQE, located in Jacksonville, NC. So, whatever flavor of kool-aid you prefer, there’s a job for you. Like previous HQE positions, the pay is in the GS-15 range (although not a civil service job) and will be for an initial term of 1-2 years, with the possibility of extension up to a combined maximum of 5 years.

The general duties for both HQEs will involve developing and implementing training for counsel, as well as consulting on cases.  More details about the specific expectations for each position are in the descriptions linked above. Having worked with Marine Corps HQEs on both sides of the aisle, I can say that they are an excellent resources for counsel and often bring different and helpful perspectives to cases. I’m certain that with the expertise of this site’s readership there may be some future HQEs out there.

If you use the search function, you will notice that the results are now highlighted (thanks to a nifty plugin).

Other notes about the search function (but not new features) are that the posts returned by a search are in reverse chronological order and that they don’t include the read more breaks. This gives you the newest law first, and saves you from clicking a link to find the search term in the result. These two options are trade-offs (over ordering by relevance and having shorter results pages) that I find worth the costs.

CAAF’s website has been out since Thursday evening / Friday morning. I sent email to the clerk of court, but the outage is also affecting the court’s email system.

A quick plug for our email subscription feature. If you sign up, you will receive an email when a new post is published. The email will include the full content of the post up to any read more link, along with links to read more and to comment.

Scroll down to the bottom of the links on the right-hand side of the page for the signup form.

When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email. Follow the instructions. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, go to subscribe.wordpress.com and input your email address in the manage subscriptions form. You should get an email with a link to activate your subscription (when you click the link, look for “pending” in the upper right-hand corner of the page and click there).

If it still doesn’t work, drop me a line at zack@caaflog.com

Just so he doesn’t lose his street cred in the tech community, all the site issues are my fault. Not the Zee Man’s. Hope to fix them tonight.

A few weeks ago I announced a server move and asked readers to report any outages. Fortunately, the move went well and there were no reported issues. Unfortunately, at least one more move is planned as part of continuing improvements designed to make this blog more useful, more user friendly, and more accessible (to people and to search engines). So if you’re have trouble accessing CAAFlog, please send me email to zack {at} caaflog.com (yes, with a “k”).

For those interested in the tech, I’m continuing to refine our site template, we’re now tagged with microdata, and a mobile site is in the works.

We’re happy to introduce a new CAAFlog contributor: Captain Samuel Adams. Sam is a Marine currently assigned as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. He’s going to help us expand our coverage of CCA cases and other new developments in military law. Welcome aboard Sam!

We plan to move CAAFlog to a new server on Saturday night. If you have problems accessing CAAFlog after this weekend, particularly from a government computer, please let me know by email to zack {at} caaflog.com (yes, with a “k”). Thanks.

Readers will see that we can all access the CAAF and AFCCA websites again, and I’m told that updates are pending.

Actually, it’s gotten worse. While all military users used to be able to see a late-August version of the sites, now only Air Force users can see that (so I’m told, at least).

I’ve corresponded with Mr. DeDicco, the CAAF Clerk of Court, but he isn’t able to provide any more information.

Readers may notice that both CAAF and the AFCCA’s websites are down (though users on a government network can access a version of the CAAF website from last week). I’m told that it’s a technical problem of unknown scope and duration, external to the courts. If I learn anything new, I’ll pass it on.

I’ve exported the charts from our reader survey. Click read more if you’re interested.

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