I’m really happy to announce that beginning tomorrow, Isaac “Zeke” Kennen will join CAAFlog as a contributor and will revive the Scholarship Saturday weekly feature.
In 1998, shortly after graduating from high school, Zeke left a working-class community along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to enlist in the Air Force. He completed an undergraduate degree and deployed to the Balkans during that enlistment, separating in 2003 to attend law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he focused on international law and land use. He graduated in 2006 and spent a year adjudicating employment discrimination complaints for the State of Colorado before returning to the Air Force.
Zeke was commissioned into the Air Force JAG Corps in 2007, where he continues to serve. His past assignments include duty as a deputy staff judge advocate, trial counsel, trial defense counsel, appellate defense counsel, and legal adviser to the NATO Commander of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
Like the rest of us, Zeke’s contributions to this blog will be made in his personal capacity and will reflect only his personal opinions. His contributions do not in any way reflect the official policy or position of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
Each December we count down the top ten military justice stories from the past year. Past lists are available here.
As we crunch the numbers and build this year’s list, we want your nominations for the Top Ten Military Justice Stories of 2016. Please post them in the comments section or email them to email@example.com
CAAF’s Clerk of Court, William A. DeCicco, is retiring and the court is advertising to fill the position: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457121600
We wish Mr. DeCicco fair winds and following seas.
The Air Force CCA’s website has been offline since late last week. The site administrators are aware of the problem.
I’m proud to announce that CAAFlog is on the 2016 ABA Journal Blawg 100 list of the best legal blogs.
This is our third year in a row on the list, and our fourth year overall. Prior years are the 2015 list, the 2014 list, and the 2008 list.
Thanks to all our readers.
Access restored this morning.
CAAF’s website (and also the AFCCA’s website that is hosted on the same Air Force server) is currently inaccessible. The court is aware of the problem but has no estimate for its resolution.
Public access to the CAAF and Air Force CCA websites has been restored.
The websites of CAAF and the AFCCA (which are hosted on the same servers) are currently inaccessible to the public. However, users on the military networks may still have access.
The websites for CAAF and the AFCCA are now accessible.
Today CAAF issued its opinion in the certified Coast Guard case of United States v. Cooley, No.15-0384/CG & 15-0387/CG (CAAFlog case page).
While CAAF’s website is down, the opinion is available here.
Analysis to follow.
In (sort of) related news, the Army CCA’s website is now accessible to the public.
I’ve been informed that CAAF is optimistic that its website will be restored tomorrow (the AFCCA’s site is on the same server and is also currently inaccessible).
CAAF’s website is currently inaccessible due to an issue at Maxwell Air Force Base. The court is aware of the problem but does not know when it will be resolved.
In light of some comments in the Bergdahl discussion thread that were brought to our attention, which have now been removed, we’d like to remind everyone of the comments policy on this little blog, here and here. In particular, keep this eloquent summary from ODFL:
The Internet, of course, is a wide-open place and anyone can upload content on the Internet saying anything he or she pleases. Heck, there’s even a website that devotes itself to, among other causes, attacking CAAFlog. (I find it surprising that anyone cares enough about what we say in our little gabfest to go to the trouble, but the author certainly has the right to attack us.) Anyone who wants to could set up a website to post anonymous personal attacks against military justice practitioners and judges. But we at CAAFlog have no obligation to host such content.
Thanks for keeping it classy, San Diego.
The Army CCA’s website, as well as the Army JAG Corps Network website, have not been accessible to the public for approximately two weeks.
Today I learned that this is due to ongoing security upgrades, and that public access will eventually be restored (hopefully within another 2-3 weeks). I’m told, however, that the sites are still accessible to users on the .mil domain.