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I’m passing along the following CLE/PME announcement. I have a schedule conflict and won’t be able to attend, but I highly recommend this training:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM – Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM at the Rosenthal Theater – Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, 1555 Southgate Road, Arlington, VA 22214

The event is uniquely tailored for appellate government, defense and victims’ legal counsel.  The training will consist of a series of lectures and collaborative discussions led by practitioners, jurists  and educators from across the services and the legal community. The focus is on critical appellate legal issues and timely training to enhance the practice of appellate advocacy in our community.

Trial-level and Appellate Counsel, Judges, Federal practitioners and Educators are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

REGISTER (paste link in browser):

Approximately 12 hours of CLE (incl. 1 hour ethics) anticipated.

Uniform: Service “C” or khakis, or service equivalent.  Civilians should wear appropriate business casual.

Contact: Mr. Brian Keller, (202) 685-7682,, or Major Tracey Holtshirley, (202) 685-8384,

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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:

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: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.