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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:2016 JAA-JAF Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Winners

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 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:


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