Next week, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT, the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will host a free webinar on the Bergdahl case:
Hero or Traitor?
An Overview of the Military Justice System and the Case For (and Against) the Prosecution of SGT Bowe Bergdahl
Join us on July 13 at 1 PM ET for this Free Webinar
While SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s return to the United States after nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan was celebrated by some–including President Obama’s very public remarks from the Rose Garden upon his release–things began spiraling quickly for Bergdahl as allegations arose in the news media and through American’s most popular and talked about podcast, Serial, that shed a different light on the circumstances of his disappearance and time in captivity. Now Bergdahl finds himself standing trial before a U.S. Army court-martial. Tune in to hear military justice policy experts discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the government’s case, a primer on the military legal system, and how Bergdahl will–and is–defending himself against the government’s charges.
Register here: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/events_cle/Case_of_SGT_Bowe_Bergdahl.html
I am one of the presenters.
Here is a link to an ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security announcement about a timely topic in light of the growing dispute between the US and China over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, see eg here (Reuters). From the program announcement:
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 — The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security will host a breakfast briefing featuring Vice Admiral James W. Crawford III, Judge Advocate General of the Navy, from 8 to 9 a.m. ET, Tuesday, June 28, at the University Club in Washington, D.C. . . . Vice Admiral Crawford will discuss China’s military buildup and other security threats to the unimpeded passage on the high seas for trade, fishing and oil exploration.
A reader pointed out that I wrongly reported the date of CAAF’s End of Term reception as Thursday, May 19.
The reception is on Thursday, May 12.
Additional details are available here.
The Judge Advocates Association has named its 2016 Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Award winners and will hold an awards dinner on May 19, 2016, at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA:
Additional details available here.
[Update: this event has been postponed due to weather issues. We will update the post and provide a link to the new flyer when it is available] On January 28, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, there will be a panel discussion of DoD’s proposed military justice legislation resulting, in part, from the work of the Military Justice Review Group (MJRG). The panel is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, in cooperation with the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and the Judge Advocates Association. See details here.
I have not heard any postponement due to weather. [Update: Well that’s not true now.]
Location: Founders Room, Offices of Dentons US LLP, 1900 K Street, Washington DC, 20006
Moderator: The Honorable James Baker, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- The Honorable Andrew Effron, former Director of the MJRG
- Col. William N. Pigott, Chair, DoD Joint Service Committee on Military Justice
- LtCol Julie Huygen, U.S. Air Force representative, Joint Service Committee on Military Justice
- COL Walt Hudson, U.S. Army representative, Joint Service Committee on Military Justice
- CAPT Warren A. Record, U.S. Navy representative, Joint Service Committee on Military Justice
There is no charge for this event, but the Committee asks that you please email Susan.Koz@americanbar.org to RSVP.
CAAF’s 2016 Continuing Legal Education and Training Program will occur on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3, 2016, at American University, Washington College of Law, Claudio Grossman Hall.
The registration form and schedule are not yet posted, but will eventually be available here.
Next week LexisNexis hosts a free breakfast & CLE-accredited symposium on Emerging Issues in Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions on Thursday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW Washington, D.C.
The keynote speaker will be Professor David A. Schlueter, Hardy Professor of Law & Director of Advocacy Programs, St. Mary’s University School of Law. Among many other accomplishments, Professor Schlueter is the author of Military Criminal Justice: Practice and Procedure (now in its 8th edition). If you’re a uniformed judge advocate who practices military justice, a copy of this book probably came with your office.
The Symposium will also include breakout sessions for prosecutors, defense counsel, and victims legal counsel.
I will be there.
You can RSVP online here: http://www.lexisnexis.com/trial/uslm171942.asp
I just received notice of the following excellent CLE opportunity scheduled for later this month:
The 3rd Annual Appellate Advocacy Training, two and a half days of training provided by appellate experts, and interservice military breakout sessions for government and defense, will be held next Tuesday – Thursday, Sept 22-24, 2015, at Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA. All interested federal civilian attorneys, judge advocates and legalmen are invited to attend. Breakouts are limited to judge advocates and military civilian attorneys. Attached is the current agenda, although some speakers may change. CLE may be available in your state. Theater seating is limited.
Registration will occur upon arrival. For additional information, please contact Major Tracey Holtshirley, USMC, at 202-685-8384, or email@example.com
The agenda and list of presenters is available here (note: agenda updated after original post published).
Update: Participant information package available here.
Public notice available here. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the George Washington University, School of Law, Faculty Conference Center, 2000 H St. NW., Washington, DC 20052.
The next meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Avenue NW, Courtroom #20, 6th Floor. The Federal Register notice is available here.
Of note, the JPP has also formed a subcommittee to look specifically at Article 120. The subcommittee’s meetings are not open to the public, though they are transcribed and the transcripts and other materials are posted on the JPP’s website. The subcommittee has held two meetings, one of April 9, 2015 (materials available here), and one on May 7, 2015 (materials available here).
I testified at the May 7, 2015, meeting of the subcommittee.
The annual Judge Advocates Association – Judge Advocates Foundation Awards Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th at the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA.
The dinner is open to the public. No JAA or ANCC membership is required to attend. Click on the image to the right of visit www.jaa.org for further information.
CAAF has published additional details about the court’s 2015 CLE and conference on May 19-20, 2015, at the Georgetown University Law Center 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
The list of speakers is available here.
The registration form is available here. The conference fee is $100.
The next meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel will occur on April 10, 2015, in Courtroom 20, 6th floor, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
The focus of the meeting will be prevention and response to retaliation against victims of sexual assault crimes. Further details here.
You can watch the National Security Law Brief Spring Symposium live, at this link:
Reportedly, after the event is over, a recorded video will be available at the above link.
UPDATE–LIVEBLOG (No Man posting now)
I am here at the event and listening to a great presentation by Judge Baker. He is talking about the role of contractors and how to improve the US use of contractors in combat and related operations. He refers to the “accountability gap” a little differently then other commentators. He is talking about resources to investigate and preserve evidence as a part of the accountability regime and the difficulty in a deployed environment. The other issue he highlights is oversight and transparency and their role in policing the military contractor workforce.
The Judge Advocates Association American Inn of Court will hold an event at the George Washington University Law School Lerner Hall (Rm. LL102) on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 6:45 p.m, followed by a social event at Tonic, 2036 G Street NW, Washington, DC, at 7:45 p.m.
The event will include a presentation by Colonel Jay R. McKee, US Army Program Manager, Special Victim Counsel (SVC) Program, titled United States Army Special Victims’ Counsel Program: The Gold Standard for Representing Victims of Sexual Assault.
The event is open to the public but attendees are requested to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before end of the day on Monday, March 23, 2015. More information is available by clicking on the flyer to the right.