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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:


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 TuesdayThursday, 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

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.

dinner-link-for-jaa-websiteThe 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 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.

JAAAIOC March HandoutThe 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 before end of the day on Monday, March 23, 2015. More information is available by clicking on the flyer to the right.

Congress created the Code Committee in Article 146 (10 U.S.C. § 946) and mandated that it “shall meet at least annually and shall make an annual comprehensive survey of the operation of this chapter.” The committee consists of the judges of CAAF, each service JAG and the SJA to the CMC, and two members of the public appointed by SECDEF.

The Committee met on March 3, 2015, the meeting was open to the public, and I attended. Here is a summary of my notes (all commentary is mine and all statements are paraphrased).

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Here is the FedReg announcement for the latest JPP meeting on Mar. 13, 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm. The focus of this meeting is to consider “compensation and restitution for victims of offenses under the UCMJ, and develop recommendations on expanding such compensation and restitution.”  Though not stated in the summary, the agenda makes clear that the focus is on restitution and compensation for sexual assault victims.  Below is the agenda (I am guessing somewhere in there OFL is speaking):

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Administrative Session (41 CFR 102-3.160, 3 not subject to notice & open meeting requirements)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. DoD Overview of Compensation and Restitution (public meeting begins)
    • Speakers: Department of Defense subject matter experts
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Economic Needs of Sexual Assault Victims and Barriers to Compensation
    • Speakers: Law school professors with recent scholarship on restitution and compensation for victims of sexual assault crimes
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. State Compensation Programs: History, Purposes, and Use by Military/Dependent Victims
    • Speakers: Representatives from national and state crime victim compensation associations
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. How Victims Can Obtain Restitution or Compensation for Crimes Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
    • Speakers: Military Services’ subject matter experts
  • 2:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Perspectives on Compensation and Restitution for Sexual Assault Victims
    • Speakers: Civilian and military practitioners, representatives from victim advocacy organizations
  • 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Public Comment

The 2015 meeting of the Code Committee will occur on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at CAAF (notice here). As with the past two years (discussed here (2014) and here (2013)), I plan to attend and post notes.

CAAF’s annual Continuing Legal Education and Training Program is scheduled for May 19-20, 2015, at Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (notice here). Last year’s program was fantastic.

Here is a link to a federal register notice of a meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel scheduled for November 14, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

I discussed the DoD’s establishment of the panel in this post. The panel’s website is:

I inadvertently omitted an important military justice event from yesterday’s This Week in Military Justice post.

A public meeting of the Joint Service Committee will be held on Wednesday at CAAF, beginning at 10 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial (discussed here).

I’m planning to attend the meeting. I look forward to meeting any readers who might also be there.

The Military to Civilian Success for Legal Professionals Seminar (aka Jobs for JAGs) will be held Oct. 30, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA.  The event is co-sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America and the Judge Advocates Association.  Registration link here.