LAMP Distinguished Service Award - Winners

Award Winners

Each year the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel has the honor of selecting recipients of the LAMP Distinguished Service Awards. Those chosen for the Award are individuals and units judged to have set the bar for military legal assistance, by pushing themselves and their practices in extraordinary ways.

Many Americans seem to assume the Judge Advocates only practice in the areas of military justice and operational law—an impression long reinforced in film, television and the media. But the average servicemember knows and appreciates that most military legal services performed by JAG officers and their civilian-lawyer counterparts fall under the legal assistance banner. These civil-law legal services address the same everyday consumer law, family law, landlord-tenant and other legal problems that entangle civilians, with the added complication that deployed servicemembers are entitled to extra legal protection when deployed thousands of miles from their home jurisdictions, and the understanding that unresolved legal issues imperil military morale and readiness.

To the average servicemember, then, the most important military lawyer is the one who works to get him or her out of a jam with a creditor, a landlord, a former spouse or a civilian court, or who makes sure his or her estate is in order before deployment.

The LAMP Distinguished Service Award program shines a light on those blazing paths in military legal assistance, that others might follow. This year as in years past, all of the nominees of the two uniformed services for the LAMP Distinguished Service Award deserve credit for outstanding performance. The Committee has selected the following recipients of the LAMP Distinguished Service Award.

View Past Award Recipients

2013 Award Winners

 

Air Force

502d Force Support Group, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base San Antonio –Fort Sam Houston, TX

In just three years of existence, the 502d Force Support Group Legal Office (502 FSG/JA) has become one of the top providers of legal assistance in the Air Force, providing exceptional service to the joint community at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA-FSH). The legal assistance team is uniquely comprised of four full-time civilian legal assistance attorneys, one civilian attorney, four Air Force captains, one civilian paralegal and two full-time civilians who provide powers of attorney and notary services. The JBSA-FSH legal assistance program serves a population of over 300,000 active duty members, retirees and family members in San Antonio. The Army comprises over 80 percent of actual clients, and the remainder includes Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. In 2013, the team assisted 7,120 clients, completed over 10,000 office visits and drafted 16,919 legal documents—a savings of $1,500,000 for the JBSA-FSH community. The FSH legal team’s Casualty Assistance Program advised 24 military families who lost active duty Soldiers, Airmen and Marines in 2013. In addition to the traditional services, FSH offers an expanded standard of legal services, including advanced will and estates planning, year-round federal and state income tax preparation and audit defense services, pro se probate, pro se name change and pro se divorce services The legal assistance program also includes a robust military tax assistance center (MTAC). In 2013, the MTAC was the #1 tax center in the Air Force for value of tax services provided and total returns completed. The 502 FSG/JA partnered with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the United States Navy, and United States Army to develop, train and implement programs for the benefit of the FSH community. All of the work done by 502 FSG/JA exemplifies the highest standards in legal assistance delivery.

Captain Donald “Rick” Weeks, III, chief of Legal Assistance, 96th Test Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Capt Rick Weeks has distinguished himself by demonstrating superior effort in the legal assistance arena that goes beyond the performance of an attorney’s routine legal assistance duties. During the 2013 calendar year, he dedicated himself to providing exceptional legal assistance service. The outstanding professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of Capt Weeks resulted in major contributions toward building a stronger legal assistance program on Eglin Air Force Base and throughout the local community. Capt Weeks’ efforts resulted in a new client kiosk being installed at the Eglin Legal Office, the Eglin Legal Office making the Honor Roll for both Feedback and Efficiency for the first time since 2010, a revitalization of the use of the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project at the Eglin Legal Office, and a Tax Program which ranked number one in Air Force Materiel Command and number six in the Air Force for preparation and filing fees savings. His sage counsel was not restrained to the Eglin Legal Office. He met his clients’ needs where they were, no matter if it was at the hospital, nursing home, hospice, or their personal residence. During his tenure, Capt Weeks took the initiative to orchestrate a “Will Day” at a local military retirement community. This effort assisted over 30 individuals who have difficulty traveling to the Eglin Legal Office for legal services. Throughout 2013, Capt Weeks flawlessly led the Eglin Legal Office in serving 4,623 clients and saving them $978,305.00. Capt Weeks’ distinctive accomplishments exemplify his commitment to helping the men and women associated with the United States military and the Eglin Legal Office.

 Army

The Fort Sill Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance Office, Fort Sill, OK

The Fort Sill Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance Office (LAO) is truly a superior legal assistance program worthy of emulation by peers. Notably this LAO is absolutely embedded in the community of Fort Sill and partners with agencies throughout the state of Oklahoma. The hallmark of the LAO is partnerships, engaging with offices and agencies both on Fort Sill and in the state of Oklahoma for the benefit of its clients. All of these partnerships are in addition to the normal course of business that every LAO provides Army-wide. It is important to note that these efforts also were accomplished during a time of deployment of legal assistance attorneys, a retirement of a long standing civilian team member, and a period of government shut down and furlough. Additionally the LAO is very involved with the pro bono activities of the Oklahoma Bar Association due to the involvement of team leader and the Chief of Client Services, Ms. Kate McClure. Ms. McClure was recently featured in an issue of the “Oklahoma Bar Journal” commending her 29 years of public service in the Oklahoma legal community with a focus on her work with the Bar’s Military Assistance Committee which oversees the “Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes” referral program. Also worthy of note is the team within the Fort Sill LAO team: that of the Tax Center, which operates out of the LAO. The Tax Center saved soldiers almost $1 million in filing fees and generated millions of dollars in returns to soldiers, filing more than 6,600 federal and state returns and amendments with a 99% success rate on customer satisfaction surveys. These efforts were recognized by impact awards to the individual Soldiers and leaders presented by the Commanding General of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill. The Fort Sill LAO team effort, the leader of its team, and the team within a team of tax center personnel makes this LAO truly deserving of this Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Russell H. Putnam, Jr., Legal Assistance Attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA

Mr. Russell H. Putnam, Jr., has provided exceptional legal services and advice to Soldiers, Family Members, and Retirees at Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and surrounding communities of southeastern Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Mr. Putnam’s innovations and superior service demonstrate an exceptional level of competence and care, and he sets an impeccable example for all legal assistance attorneys to emulate. In 2013, Mr. Putnam’s untiring dedication helped more than 9,000 Soldiers prepare for deployment by tending to their legal needs, and further helped over 5,000 Soldiers re-acclimate once returning home. Further, he compassionately provided pro se assistance to personal representatives of Fallen Soldiers in nearly 20 cases, expanding his services to three new counties in southeastern Georgia. He meets monthly with the Medical Evaluation Board Outreach Counsel to discuss and share ideas on how to best meet the legal needs of Wounded Warriors. Mr. Putnam’s expertise in immigration law made him integral in adding a new block of instruction on how adverse Uniform Code of Military Justice or military administrative proceedings can impact a Soldier’s new or pending citizenship. Mr. Putnam is the epitome of the Army Values of respect and selfless service, as illustrated in the above examples of going the extra mile to provide first-rate legal services. On top of those laudable efforts, he far outpaced expectations by meeting with over 1,000 clients in 2013 on a wide array of legal issues, updated ten information papers in support of our preventive law program, and briefed nearly seventy Casualty Assistance Officers throughout the year. For his commitment to the Soldiers, Family Members, and Retirees of the Fort Stewart community, Mr. Russ Putnam is most deserving of this prominent recognition.

Coast Guard

Fourteenth Coast Guard District Legal Office, Fourteenth Coast Guard District, Honolulu, HI

The D14 legal office is responsible for the delivery of legal services to almost all Coast Guard operational units throughout the vast western and central Pacific region, including the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa & Coast Guard Far East Activities, with offices in Japan & Singapore. Providing legal assistance to geographically dispersed personnel throughout this vast region of the world is a significant challenge given the tyranny of distance and the time zone differences between legal assistance clients, their legal assistance attorneys, and any third parties. Given these challenges, the D14 Legal Office has remained steadfast in providing an impressive suite of legal assistance services and dauntless in the desire and ability to either bring legal services to clients or connect clients with face-to-face care in their duty locations, leveraging an impressive number of partner organizations. In 2013, the D14 legal staff completed over 422 separate legal assistance cases for clients from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Another hallmark of the D14 Legal Assistance program has been the coordination, training and implementation of an annual Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, resulting in $53,949 worth of state refunds and $322,602 in federal refunds in 2013. Mr. Richard Brawley, D14 legal assistance attorney, advocated for military members and their families before the Hawaii family court while saving qualifying service members thousands of dollars in legal fees and positively impacting Coast Guard families as part of the D14 legal office’s Expanded Legal Assistance Program (EMLAP). Given the forward-leaning performance of this legal office when confronted with the challenges faced by D14 in 2013, its performance has been nothing short of exceptional with respect to the services to, and in support of, the armed forces legal assistance effort.

Mr. Stephen Crawford, Legal Assistance Attorney, Coast Guard District Eight, New Orleans, LA

Mr. Stephen W. Crawford, the Eighth Coast Guard District Legal Assistance Attorney, has demonstrated superior effort and provision of legal assistance service during 2013, actively managing 979 legal assistance cases and directly handling 579. Mr. Crawford also oversaw 200 notarial executions, performing 151 of those personally. One key 2013 achievement was Mr. Crawford’s administration and execution of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for federal and state tax filing, overseeing the filing of sixty-two tax packages and managing nine VITA volunteers. Mr. Crawford also ensured on eight occasions during 2013 that dependents and families of Coast Guard members had available the legal assistance necessary during death or disability of a service member. As a result of the lingering impact of the real-estate crisis, Mr. Crawford assisted more than fifteen eligible families with consumer real-estate foreclosure and short-sale matters through guidance which facilitated their participation in programs to sell or dispose of real-estate during the execution of PCS orders. This assistance guaranteed military families badly-needed financial relief while negating any credit impacts or security clearance concerns for the service member. Mr. Crawford engaged with the private bar in a significant expansion of legal services available to eligible legal assistance clients in the Houston area by negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with Hunton & Williams, a nationally-recognized full-service law firm, to provide pro bono legal services, to include courtroom and trial support for certain specifically-eligible cases, which are services beyond those typically offered to legal assistance clients. Mr. Crawford’s overall outstanding performance has been consistently recognized in his evaluations, but his ability to provide ever-greater levels of service in 2013, despite a two-week period of mandatory furlough at the beginning of the Fiscal Year wherein he could not perform any work, is worthy of mention and merits his recognition by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel with this Distinguished Service Award.

Marines

Camp Foster Okinawa Legal Assistance Office, Legal Service Support Team, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa

By implementing a sustained superior legal assistance program worthy of emulation through its innovative approaches to training, preventative law, and international family law even at times with limited resources, the Camp Foster Okinawa Legal Assistance Office (CFLAO), Legal Services Support Section Pacific, has undoubtedly provided exceptional support to the armed forces legal assistance effort as the face of overseas legal assistance for the Marine Corps, and arguably the armed forces generally, in the Pacific Region. The CFLAO is unique amongst its peers. The personnel served by the CFLAO are not only geographically dispersed throughout Okinawa, but also throughout the Pacific Region. The CFLAO developed an expansive and innovative approach toward training of its staff, educating the public, and advertising its services. In 2013, the CFLAO provided individual attorney consultation to over 2,500 clients and nearly 11,000 services, including the preparation and execution of more than 2,000 estate planning documents, 240 marital separation agreements, and more than 8,300 notary services. Each of the 518 estate planning clients during the year reflects a cost savings of $300–$1,000 based on average civilian attorney fees, for a total of at least $155,400 in savings. Additionally, noting that the average cost to retain a divorce attorney alone is $1,000 to $2,000, and the total cost of a contested divorce for a couple with minimal assets is at least $5,000, the office’s preparation of 240 marital separation agreements and advice regarding completion of the divorce without retaining a private attorney saved a conservatively estimated $1.2 million in legal fees. In support of its preventative law program, the office provided more than 30 legal briefs to more than 2,000 service members and dependents. Additionally, during 2013, the CFLAO's Tax Center serviced more than 4,000 customers, saving them an estimated $675,000 in tax preparation fees. With one of the most expansive missions of any other legal assistance office in the Marine Corps, the CFLAO is most deserving of recognition with the Distinguished Service Award.

Captain Nicholas Mull, Officer-in-Charge, Camp Foster Legal Assistance Office, Legal Service Support Team, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa

Captain Nicholas Mull is an exceptional Officer in Charge, leading one of the best legal assistance offices in the Marine Corps, an office which, in 2013, provided individual attorney consultation to over 2,500 clients and nearly 11,000 services, including the preparation and execution of more than 2,000 estate planning documents, 240 marital separation agreements, and more than 8,300 notary services. Captain Mull developed and implemented an in-depth introductory training program for new legal assistance attorneys and clerical staff and follow-on continuing education. He also created a process route sheet that ensured strict supervisory control over every case, which will become the standard for legal assistance offices Marine Corpswide. He also developed a "Nondisclosure of Client Confidences" memo for all nonattorney personnel that contains the pertinent Rules of Professional Conduct and specific instructions regarding how to handle various situations in which a client's confidential information could be compromised. Captain Mull also established a strong and effective relationship with the Army legal assistance director—when conflicts existed that precluded Captain Mull's office from representing an opposing party, he personally called and scheduled appointments for them at the Army legal assistance office, thus giving conflicted parties the "warm hand-off' expected by the SJA to CMC. He developed a comprehensive desk-book of complex legal assistance issues faced by attorneys in an overseas environment and included guidance in handling them. Finally, Captain Mull organized and supervised a very successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Center. The Tax Center serviced more than 4,000 customers, saving them an estimated $675,000 in tax preparation fees for Tax Year 2012. His unwavering dedication to his clients and the Marine Corps legal assistance mission are worthy of this recognition by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel through its Distinguished Service Award.

Navy

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor, HI

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Hawaii employs innovation, technology, and unflappable dedication to provide services to customers and clients in a time of limited resources. The Legal Assistance Office provides legal assistance services to a community of more than 38,000 Sailors and Airmen, their 40,000 family members, and a large population of retired mil1tary personnel.  Though small, the Legal Assistance Office personnel serviced more than 10,000 clients in 2013. To meet joint base legal service demands, the Legal Assistance Office harnessed the energy and ingenuity of its personnel to launch innovative programs designed to enhance service quality and efficiency. First are “night hours,” once a month, through which this non-traditional time frame (after 1800) provides the full range of services to the minority group of service members unable to come in during traditional work hours. Second, the Office’s enterprising young officers created macros in Microsoft Word to automatically make routine administrative changes to wills, significantly improving the efficiency and accuracy of the will drafting process for the entire office. Third, office personnel leveraged technology to reduce reliance on paper and ink by associating legal assistance information pamphlets with QR codes, allowing clients to download particular pamphlets to their mobile computing devices. Finally, Legal Assistance personnel created a recurring seminar on "Divorce in Hawaii” to efficiently provide introductory divorce information to customers.  Every office in today's economy faces limited resources for greater demands, but the office in Hawaii has met this challenge with youthful innovation and dedication.

Mr. Dwain Alexander, II, Senior Legal Assistance Attorney, Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, VA

Mr. Dwain Alexander, II, has been an extremely valuable asset to the department and his vast knowledge and efforts are well-known throughout the military Legal Assistance community as well as by federal and state authorities. He is responsible for program development and remains vigilant on local, state, and federal legislation impacting legal assistance as well as helping to shape future legislation. He represents our Legal Assistance Department at every level of government and to professional associations, ensuring that our practice remains up to date and that timely feedback is provided to those who create the governing laws, regulations, and policies affecting service members and their families. He spearheaded the creation of non-profit organizations and educational and training materials on consumer law transactions to protect the rights of service members. He also fosters and maintains invaluable interservice and civilian partnership programs. In 2013, Mr. Alexander provided legal assistance training to numerous legal professionals and judicial and advocacy groups throughout the United States. Additionally, he was sought out to consult with the Office of the Attorney General in Virginia, as well as several federal agencies on military legal assistance issues. He was a by-name request to testify before the United States Senate Commerce Committee on consumer law matters affecting the military. Mr. Alexander has made a tremendous impact in mentoring, training, and professionally developing the military and civilian staff at the U.S. Navy's largest Region Legal Service Office. In addition to all his external and internal responsibilities, he manages a hefty caseload of Servicemember and dependent clients. His critical input ensured that the Hampton Roads Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board remained a relevant and valuable force protection tool for all servicemembers. Mr. Alexander proves every day to be a tireless advocate for the rights of the military Legal Assistance Department's clients. In 2013, his dedication and tireless work ethic impacted not only his individual clients, but also that of the entire military community.

Special Recognition

Commander Andrew R. House, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General for Legal Assistance, Deputy Chief of Staff, Victims Legal Counsel, Office of the Judge Advocate General (Code 16), Washington Navy Yard, DC

CDR Andy House's superb executive leadership of the Navy's worldwide Legal Assistance Program in 2013 broke new ground in delivering legal support to underserved members of the military while improving service and efficiency in traditional practice areas. CDR House oversaw the most comprehensive review of legal assistance doctrine and processes undertaken in the history of the JAG Corps. His innovative leadership inspired military and civilian attorneys and staff providing superior legal assistance and Disability Evaluation System services to over 85,000 clients. CDR House is a pioneer in providing military legal support to crime victims. He implemented critical policies and training to ensure meaningful legal aid for Navy sexual assault victims. He spearheaded the inauguration of the Navy's Victim Legal Counsel organization, and he also led the development and delivery of groundbreaking training on legal issues unique to military same-sex couples, preparing over 1,000 members of the JAG Corps community to serve these new legal assistance beneficiaries. CDR House's flawless supervision of 14 civilian and 8 active and reserve military attorneys in the Department of the Navy Disability Evaluation System improved delivery of legal advice and representation to over 5000 wounded warriors navigating medical board processing at eight military hospitals throughout the United States. CDR House evaluated and managed a sweeping shift in the delivery of Navy's worldwide volunteer tax-filing (VITA/ELF) support from the prior "fullservice" model to an innovative "self-service" program focusing on increased Sailor financial education and responsibility while enabling a 40% decrease in VITA program operating costs. CDR House served as official liaison to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice/Civil Law Division, Department of State/Family Liaison Office, Armed Forces Tax Council, Federal Trade Commission, and the American Bar Association Pro Bono Program and Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Committee. CDR House's unprecedented expansion and improvement of the Navy legal assistance program is absolutely deserving of Special Recognition with this Distinguished Service Award.

Past Award Recipients


2012

31st Fighter Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Aviano Air Base, Italy

Captain Joe Ahlers, Chief of Legal Assistance, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Altus Air Force Base, OK

Joerg C. Moddelmog, Senior German Attorney–Advisor, Kaiserslautern Legal Services Center

Mr. Stephen Lynch, Legal Assistance Attorney, Ninth District Legal Office, Cleveland, OH

Legal Assistance Office, Legal Service Support Team, MCRD Parris Island, SC

Captain William Morrison, Officer–in–Charge, Legal Assistance Office, Camp Foster Okinawa

Region Legal Service Office Southwest

Ms. Sarah Courageous, Legal Assistance Attorney, Region Legal Service Office Hawaii

CAPT Kevin Patrick Flood, JAGC, USN (Ret.), Law Office of Kevin Patrick Flood, Jacksonville, FL

COL Mark E. Sullivan, USAR (Ret.), Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A., Raleigh, NC

2011

35th Fighter Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Misawa Air Force Base, Japan

Lieutenant Andrew Coffin, JAGC, USN, Naval Legal Service Office Pacific (Guam)

Coast Guard District Seventeen Legal Office, Juneau, AK

Ms. Elizabeth K. Fuglestad, Legal Assistance Attorney, Thirteenth District Legal Office, Seattle, WA

Joint Legal Assistance Office (LAO), Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA

Ms. Leah Copeland, Legal Assistance Attorney, 633d Air Base Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE), VA

Mr. Michael Archer, Director of Legal Assistance, Marine Corps Installations East, Camp Lejeune, NC

Naval Legal Service Office Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia (NLSO EURAFSWA)

Mr. Terry Spearman, Paralegal, XVIII Airborne Corps, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance, Fort Bragg, NC

2010

Mr. Charles P. "Chuck" Koutras, Legal Assistance Attorney, US Army South, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Reserve Judge Advocate Command Support Section, Legal Services Support Section, Marine Forces Reserve (RJACSS)

355 FW/JA, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Legal Office, Tucson, AZ

Mr. Brian Novak, Chief of Legal Assistance Division and Tax Center Manager, 502 Air Base Group, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (NLSO MIDLANT), Norfolk, VA

LT Matthew C. Cox, JAGC, USN,  Naval Legal Service Office Pacific (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii)

North Carolina National Guard (NCNG), NC

2009

Coast Guard Legal Assistance Field Response Team for Lost CG-1705 Aircraft, Alameda, CA

Legal Assistance Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Maneuver Center for Excellence, Fort Benning, GA

3d Infantry Division and Fort Stewart Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Legal Assistance Team, GA

Consolidated Legal Service Office, Camp LeJeune, NC

86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

LT Garrett S. Snow, JAGC, USN, Naval Legal Service Office Pacific, Yokosuka, Japan

LtCol Adam E. Torem, USAFR, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK.

2008

6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Mr. George Sabga, Volunteer, Naval Legal Service Office Southwest

Naval Legal Service Office Pacific


2007

Lieutenant Graham C. Winegeart, JAGC, Naval Legal Service Office Pacific,  Detachment Guam

Lieutenant Michele V. Rosen, JAGC, Region Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia, Naples, Italy

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina

48th Fighter Wing, Legal Assistance and Preventive Law Division, RAF  Lakenheath, UK

Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, General Law Branch, Legal Division


2006

Lieutenant Colonel Ferah Ozbek, Patrick AFB, FL

Legal Assistance Office, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) & Fort Campbell, KY

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Beaufort, SC

Naval Legal Service Office North Central, Washington, DC


2005

Major Michael R. Martinez, Fort Carson, CO

81st Training Wing (81 TRW), Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Keesler Air Force Base, MS

Third Infantry Division and Fort Stewart, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Legal Assistance Office, Fort Stewart, GA

Coast Guard Hurricane Response Legal Assistance Team

  • CG Academy, New London, CT
  • CG Headquarters (COMDT G-L-6), Washington, DC
  • CG MLCA Legal Division, Norfolk, VA
  • CG MLCP Legal Division, Alameda, CA
  • Eighth CG District, New Orleans, LAFirst CG District, Boston, MA
  • Integrated Support Command Kodiak, Kodiak, AK
  • Ninth CG District, Cleveland, OH
  • Seventh CG District, Miami, FL
  • Thirteenth CG District, Seattle, WA

Naval Legal Service Office Central, Pensacola, FL

Mr. Dwain Alexander, Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO) Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, VA

2004

Ms. Lisa J. Johnson, Paralegal, Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO) Southeast, Jacksonville, FL

Captain Eric S. Montalvo, Trial Counsel, OSJA, MCB, Quantico, VA

Captain Luisa Santiago, Chief, Legal Assistance/Foreign Claims, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters, Combined Joint Task Force 73, Bagram, Afghanistan

Lieutenant Jonathan Scott Simpson, Branch Head, Naval Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia, London, UK

“TEAM PACAF”: Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), 15th Airlift Wing (PACAF), 354th

Fighter Wing (PACAF) and 154 Wing (Hawaii Air National Guard), Hickam Air Force Base, HI

2003

Mr. Kenyon E. Luce, Washington State Bar Association

Captain Pete Seidler, Head, United States Coast Guard Office of Legal Policy & Program Development

Lieutenant Jeremy Kimball Call, NLSO PAC, Yokosuka, Japan

Lieutenant Edward K. Westbrook, NLSO SW Branch Office, Naval Air Station Leemore, California

311th Support Command Corps (COSCOM)

2002

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego CA

Naval Legal Service Office Southeast, Jacksonville, FL

Captain Brandy Falk

Colonel George Hancock

Mr. Stephen Lynch

Captain Samuel F. Wright

2001

Joint Services Family Assistance Center Legal Team

September 11th Pro Bono Legal Relief Project

Colonel John S. Odom, Jr.

Captain Bruce E. MacDonald

Captain Jerry Alonzo Stevenson II

Captain Steven Fromm

2000

Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Legal Office, Georgia

Task Force Falcon Legal Assistance Office, Office of the Legal Advisor, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

Mr. Paul K. Davis, Southeast Regional Office, Federal Trade Commission, Georgia

Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific Legal Assistance Program, California

Joint Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California

Naval Legal Service Office Southwest, San Diego, California

1999

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA

Mr. Lou Sherman and the Fort Polk Legal Assistance Division, Ft. Polk, LA

3WG/JA Legal Assistance Program, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK

Captain James Key, USAF, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam

Mr. John McHenry, Naval Legal Service Office Southwest, San Diego, CA

1998

Naval Legal Service Office Northwest, Naval Base Seattle, WA

Task Force Eagle Legal Assistance Office, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Tuzla, Bosnia Herzegovina

Mr. Jim Brennan, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Eustis, VA

Legal Assistance Section, Client Services Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Lieutenant Brandon S. Keith, JAGC, USNR, Naval Legal Service Office, Southeast Detachment, Mayport, FL

Captain Theresa Bruno, USAF, Peterson Air Force Base, CO

1997

Captain Aaron E. Kornblum, USAF, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, WY

Mr. Kenyon E. Luce, Washington State Bar Association

Ms. Robin Coll, Civilian, Naval Legal Service Office, Mid-Atlantic

1996

US Army 2nd Infantry Division Tax Center

Lieutenant Commander Ronald Johnson, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Naval Justice School, Newport, RI

Legal Assistance Office, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, NE

Legal Division, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic

Mr. Richard Arkow, Chief, Marine Corps Legal Assistance Consolidated Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC

Legal Assistance Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Benning, GA

Legal Assistance Office, Joint Law Center, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Santa Ana, CA

Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Center, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe, HI

1995

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Block, USA, Chief, Legal Assistance Branch, The U.S. Army Judge

Advocates Generals' School, Charlottesville, VA

Elisa Holland, Eighth Coast Guard District Legal Office, New Orleans, March, 1995

Angel Caldwell, Eighth Coast Guard District Legal Office, New Orleans, March, 1995

Joint Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA

Naval Legal Service Office, Southeast Jacksonville, FL

1994

Lieutenant James Walsh, JAGC, USNR, Naval Legal Service Office Northeast, Groton, CT

Lieutenant Colonel George Hancock, USA, The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, VA

Captain Samuel W. Morris, USA, 1st Infantry Division (Mech) and Fort Riley, Fort Riley, KS

Mr. Jerry E. Shiles, Chief, Legal Assistance Division, 21st Theater Army Area Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC

Naval Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia

Colonel Alfred F. Arquilla, USA, Chief, Army Legal Assistance

1993

Captain Laurel L. Wilkerson, USA, Legal Assistance Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U. S. Army

Major Mary L. Hostetter, USMC, The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, VA

Captain Kerry M. Wheelehan, USA, Chief of Legal Assistance, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC

Captain Janet K. Mansfield, USA, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, HQ, I Corps and Fort Lewis, WA

Consolidated Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC

Mr. Gunter D. Filippucci, Chief of Legal Assistance, Southern Law Center, Mannheim, Germany

Mr. Daniel McKernan, Fort Bliss, TX

1992

Mr. Juan J. Turull Echevarria, Coast Guard Greater Antilles Section, San Juan, PR

Legal Division, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command, Atlantic Legal Office, 7th Coast Guard District

Legal Assistance Office, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY

Captain Michael McWright,USA, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA

Captain Kurt D. Schmidt, USA, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC

Captain Julie Schrenk, USA, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC

Office of the District Counsel, Jacksonville District, South Atlantic Divison, US Army Corps of Engineers

Air Force legal personnel involved in the Hurricane Andrew relief efforts

1991

Naval Legal Service Office, Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines

Legal Assistance Offices, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam

Naval Legal Service Office, Jacksonville, FL

1990

Legal Assistance Office, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Warner Robins, GA

Lieutenant Commander Jay J. Kessler, JAGC, USN, Naval Legal Service Office, San Francisco, CA

The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army

The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy

The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force

The Director, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

The Chief Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory M. Huckabee, USA, Deputy Chief, Army Legal Assistance

Major James P. Pottorff, Jr.,USA, The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, VA

1989

Captain Anthony M. Cacavio, USAF, Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Naval Legal Service Office, San Diego, CA

Family Law Center, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, HI

Major Bernard P. Ingold, USA, The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, VA

1988

Naval Legal Service Office, Naval Base, Charleston, SC

Major General Hugh R. Overholt, USA, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army

1987

Major Richard H. McCall, Jr., USA, Chief, Legal Assistance Division, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC

The Office of the Attorney General, State of North Carolina

Chief Petty Officer Stephen C. Bowles, USCG

1986

Captain Joseph P. Dugdale, USMC

Major Steven K. Mulliken, USA

Legal Assistance Office, U.S. Army, Berlin

1985

Consolidated Legal Assistance Section, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC

Major Charles W. Hemingway, USA

Gander Legal Assistance Support Team, U.S. Army

Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, NY

1984

Elmendorf Base Legal Office, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK

1983

Legal Assistance Office, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Dix, NJ

Joint Legal Assistance Office, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA

Major Harlan M. "Mike" Heffelfinger, USA

1982

Captain Timothy J. Grendell, USA

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, RAF, Alconbury, England

Major J. Edward Reaves, Jr., JAGC, USAF

Captain Steven H. Muse, USA, Chief of Legal Assistance Office, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Legal Assistance Office, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Sam Houston, TX

1981

Legal Assistance Office, U.S. Army Air Defense Center and Fort Bliss, Fort Bliss, TX

Legal Assistance Office, Air Force Systems Command

Lieutenant Byron C. Rhodes, JAGC, USNR

Nellis Law Center, Nellis Air Force Base, NV

Legal Assistance Branch, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 7th Infantry Division and Fort Ord, CA

Lieutenant Leonard F. Villa, JAGC, USNR, Naval Service Office, Norfolk, VA

1980

Legal Assistance Office, Naval Legal Service Office, San Diego, CA

Mrs. Elizabeth F. Buchanan, Legal Assistance Attorney, Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa

1979

Legal Assistance Office, Patrick Air Force Base, Satellite Beach, FL

Mr. James Costello, Legal Assistance Attorney, Seventh Coast Guard District, Miami, FL

Legal Assistance Office, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX

Other Awards

Outstanding Legal Assistance Student Award

Updated: 04/03/2014

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