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

2015 Award Winners

 

Air Force

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

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, 81 TRW/JA has become a model of exceptional service to a diverse clientele in the Gulf Coast region. Expediting the path for the Air Force's newest members to become U.S. citizens, the legal office forged a partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bringing UCSIS officials on-base to assist students during the process, ensuring there were no gaps in critical training. Organizing the first-ever naturalization ceremony on-base, the Keesler legal team brought together 50 leaders to cheer for Airmen becoming citizens. The office distributed preventive law materials to new students while partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to train all commanders and first sergeants. Through the "JAG-in-the-Bag" program, Keesler attorneys made house calls on short notice and beyond duty hours to support hospitalized and disabled clients. Moreover, JAG/paralegal teams routinely traveled to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, saving an average of $3,500 per visit for total clients served. Building bridges across the region, Keesler's civilian attorney created the annual Mississippi State Law Study, a comprehensive overview of domestic relations, real property, taxes, consumer protection, and criminal and civil laws. In 2015, Keesler's remarkable team assisted over 4,000 clients, completing more than 5,600 office visits, and drafting 6,682 legal documents, resulting in a savings of $690,350 for clients.

Captain Travis P. Brinton, 633d Air Base Wing, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

Captain Brinton has distinguished himself by leading the Air Combat Command's busiest legal assistance office in 2015, personally providing outstanding service to over 500 clients across all services, retirees, and family members.  Faced with a six-month backlog for retired members seeking legal assistance, Captain Brinton overhauled the appointment system to allow for same day walk-in visits, reducing the waiting list to zero. Moreover, he prioritized deploying the needs of servicemembers to provide rapid service, selflessly serving these clients regardless of day of the week or hour of the night. Going beyond the call of duty, Captain Brinton made numerous off-site visits to ensure that terminally ill clients were provided with up-to-date estate planning documents. In addition, his laser-like focus on training ensured that all attorneys were ready to provide timely and relevant advice on military specific legal issues. Guest lecturers in 2015 included the chief enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, instructing on recent developments in consumer law; the regional Medical Law Consultant, instructing on insurance and related issues affecting our clients; and representatives from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. Captain Brinton's distinctive accomplishments symbolize the Air Force's core value of service before self and his dedication to helping servicemembers, family members, and retirees in the greater Hampton Roads community.

Mr. Brian J. Novak, 502d Security Forces and Logistics Support Group, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Responsible for the second largest legal assistance program in the Air Force, Mr. Novak's extraordinary leadership and vision has been personally recognized by the Air Force General Counsel. Despite limited resources, Mr. Novak's innovative training program for teaming active duty and civilian paralegals in the estate planning process has helped ensure high quality service while allowing the office to manage a growing influx of clients. Directing the Air Force's only enhanced legal assistance program providing pro se divorce services, his expert guidance has resulted in a 100% error-free record, while saving military families over $1 million in legal fees. Mr. Novak also planned, trained, and led the #1 military tax assistance program in the Air Force, preparing over 5,000 Federal and state returns, and refunding over $8.2 million in refunds and preparation fees. Moreover, during the 2015 tax season, Mr. Novak identified a major bank's violation of the SCRA, quickly engaging with the DoD General Counsel and the Armed Forces Tax Counsel to provide guidance which reduced the tax liability of affected members across DoD. Mr. Novak also spearheaded an effort to integrate policies and standardize operations at four JSBA legal offices, resulting in greater levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and coordinated services.  In 2015, Mr. Novak assisted more than 75 Gold Star Families, who lost military members in the line of duty, and had helped one family receive over $322,000 in compensation and benefits.  In view of his unparalleled expertise and advocacy on behalf of military families, Mr. Novak was selected to be the Air Force's Service Field Representative to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ensuring the legal interests of military families are well protected.

Army

The Fort Bragg Tax Center,  Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC

The Fort Bragg Tax Center reflects a demonstrated superior effort, exceeding the performance of routine duties, dedicated to providing legal assistance service in support of the armed forces legal assistance effort. Between the planning and execution by the XVIII Airborne Corps Legal Assistance Office, financial assets provided by the Army Installation Management Command, and manpower provided by the mission commanders on Fort Bragg, the Fort Bragg Tax Center in 2015 prepared over 31,000 tax returns, saving Soldiers and Family Members over $3,800,000 in tax preparation fees and returning almost $25,000,000 in tax refunds to military families. A detailed training routine for new personnel coupled with a returning cadre of experienced civilian tax preparers provided the basis for a full service tax center able to provide exceptional service to the Fort Bragg community. The ability of the Tax Center to handle complex returns is demonstrated by their support of Gold Star spouses, surviving spouses of Soldiers who died on active duty. Preparing tax returns for Soldiers killed in a combat zone, and amending prior year’s tax returns to take advantage of tax forgiveness rules, requires a detailed knowledge of complex tax provisions. The volume and high quality of tax preparation services provided by the Fort Bragg Tax Center represents a superior legal assistance program worthy of emulation by peers while providing exceptional service in support of the armed forces legal assistance effort.

Captain Tanya Mayes, Military Justice/Administrative Law Judge Advocate General, 80th Training Command (TASS), Richmond, VA

CPT Tanya Mayes’ efforts establishing a program to provide legal assistance to patients at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, represents a significant legal assistance innovation demonstrating a superior effort to providing legal assistance service in support of the armed forces legal assistance effort. While the program was established by the 80th Training Command, CPT Mayes is the individual who identified the unmet legal need, researched the issue, created and executed the solution and provided a very large portion of the legal assistance services at the VA Center. CPT Mayes became aware of the unmet need for legal assistance services at the VA Center and the negative impact this was having upon Veterans. After determining that the closest Active Army Legal Assistance Office was unable to meet the need, she established a program utilizing the resources of the 80th Training Command OSJA and the Virginia Bar Association to insure that these valued Veterans received needed legal services. CPT Mayes leveraged legal resources from the 80th Training Command OSJA to provide legal services to those patients entitled to military legal assistance and local pro bono providers for those patients not eligible for military legal assistance. These attorneys also engaged in a program of outreach, educating patients and VA Center staff on key legal areas impacting patient’s legal interests. This program is in keeping with the goals of Operation Home Front and is a stellar example of a military program working with local bar authorities to insure America’s Veterans receive the legal services that they deserve. CPT Mayes clearly demonstrates a superior effort and initiative leading to enhanced delivery of legal services to an important, and underserved, clientele.

Coast Guard

Thirteenth Coast Guard District Legal Assistance Team (D13), Thirteenth Coast Guard District, Seattle, WA

The Thirteenth Coast Guard District Legal Assistance Team, led by Ms. Elizabeth Fuglestad, provided truly exceptional service to Coast Guard members, dependents, and retirees throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2015. Their efforts ensured 717 individual clients received critical legal assistance services on 1,045 different legal matters ranging from estate planning and powers of attorney services to landlord/tenant and consumer law issues.  Of particular note, was the team’s willingness and drive to plan and execute over 70 days on the road visiting units throughout the Thirteenth District’s area of responsibility, including a number of remote units that have little to no legal assistance services available. These trips were completed despite an austere budget environment and the team maximized their available funds and time by working nights and on weekends to assist as many clients as possible. The team’s accomplishments ensured the readiness of the many Coast Guard members, families, and units in the Pacific Northwest so that they could focus on the myriad challenges they face in service to the United States. 

Mr. James Nicholson, Legal Assistance Attorney/Legal Service Command (LSC), District 5, Norfolk, VA

Mr. James B. Nicholson has undertaken innovative approaches to expanding legal assistance services within the D5 area of responsibility and exercised superior efforts in responding to change and adversity in the delivery of legal services. Under Mr. Nicholson’s watch in 2015, the LSC was able to expand legal assistance services under agreements he made with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), private law firms, and with the USCG Reserve JAG community. As the only full-time legal assistance attorney in D5, Mr. Nicholson is charged with training all first-tour judge advocates in this practice area, as well as the yeomen who support the command; consequently, he developed innovative technologies to help the command connect with the younger generations. He also provided support in marital separations that no other DoD or USCG legal assistance office provides. Furthermore, he is cited for his exceptional leadership and role as an educator in preparing members for contingency operations and deployments. Addditionally, late 2015 changes to the USCG’s cyber security policies significantly impacted the Coast Guard’s ability to draft estate planning documents on the DL Wills software platform for an extended period of time, and Mr. Nicholson’s superior efforts in spearheading the resolution to this massive issue enabled legal assistance attorneys across the service to get back to work quickly and helped prevent a major lapse in services.

Marine Corps

Legal Services Support Team, Legal Assistance Office, Camp Pendleton, CA

In 2015, the Legal Services Support Team, Legal Assistance Office, Camp Pendleton, CA, conducted 85 successful family law mediations, a service valued over $425,000 in savings to servicemembers and their spouses. Rapidly executed settlement agreements allowed servicemembers to focus on their missions and ensured that non­military spouses received equitable treatment. The office’s self-developed mediation program serves as the model for establishing similar programs at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Cherry Point, NC. The office also worked closely with the California Attorney General on 79 claims totaling nearly $58 million against a jeweler for unfair consumer trade practices targeted at the military community, resulting in numerous store closings and criminal sanctions. Reflecting its active involvement in the community, the office hosted law students from University of California, Irvine School of Law, for its first-year interviewing program, and judge advocates attended national and state-level conferences to receive advanced training and create a network of legal aid points of contact for service members from various jurisdictions. The office also conducted their highly-regarded annual Legal Assistance Training Symposium which included civilian subject matter experts. Office personnel routinely attended various professional events in the area, such as American Bar Association section meetings.

Captain Adam LoCascio, Defense Attorney, Defense Services Office, Legal Assistance Support Team, 29 Palms, CA

Captain LoCascio’s outstanding accomplishments in 2015 make him deserving of ABA Distinguished Service Award recognition. Because of his exceptional legal and interpersonal skills with both clients and local community professionals and agencies, he was the subject of numerous positive Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system comments and became a “by name” request for appointments . If he was unable to render assistance to a Marine or Sailor with a legal issue beyond his jurisdiction or level of expertise, he undertook every effort to find someone who could. He reached out to national legal aid and consumer law training centers to grow and maintain a nationwide network of civilian and former military legal aid and pro bono attorneys who could assist his clients. He personally conducted legal briefs on consumer law, estate planning and landlord tenant issues in preparation for overseas deployments, preparing Marines and their families for success in advance of their deployment and giving those Marines the peace of mind to focus on their mission. He helped Marines get favorable judgments in San Bernardino County Small Claims Court, as well as negotiated several out-of-court monetary settlements, helping his clients recover more than $100,000. He meticulously prepared his small claims court clients by first educating them on the process, helping them negotiate potential settlements in advance of filing, and walking them through courtroom procedure and milestones. He took preventative law measures by reaching out to local real estate rental companies with regard to contract termination issues and he educated and prepared Marines and Sailors with move-out inspection checklists, handbooks, and case law. Finally, Captain LoCascio ensured all staff maintained the highest level of proficiency in essential California paralegal skills, such as filing immigration applications and uncontested divorces, as well as drafting demand letters for complex landlord-tenant and preventative law issues.

Navy

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Naval District Washington, Legal Assistance Department, Washington Navy Yard, DC

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Naval District Washington (NDW) provided legal assistance to servicemembers throughout the National Capital Region, and in 2015, RLSO NDW expanded its legal assistance outreach program to the White House Military Office, including offering on-location services to more than 200 Sailors at the White House and Naval Observatory. RLSO NDW also provided legal information briefs to almost 1,000 servicemembers and 50 in-person meetings with command leadership teams. Also in 2015, RLSO NDW implemented a novel centralized, full-time remote legal assistance program; specifically, RLSO NDW increased the efficiency of legal services by consolidating their five legal assistance offices into two legal offices that provide in-person and remote legal assistance throughout the National Capital Region. This innovation substantially y increased the amount of legal assistance services that RLSO NDW provided while reducing the wait time for a legal assistance appointment from up to 60 days to less than 12 days.

Lieutenant Sarah A. Aguero, Legal Assistance Attorney, Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Southeast, Branch Office Corpus Christi, TX

LT Sarah Aguero serves as a core legal assistance attorney at RLSO Southeast Branch Office Corpus Christi, TX, and she demonstrated superior effort in 2015 by going above and beyond to provide legal assistance well beyond the borders of Corpus Christi, including providing legal readiness and preventative law briefs to Navy and Coast Guard commands in the South Texas area. Also in 2015, LT Aguero advised 475 clients, including preparing and executing 180 estate plans. LT Aguero demonstrated impressive initiative and zealous advocacy by pushing to have transitional compensation expanded for a wider range of victims of domestic abuse. On multiple occasions, she routed a request for such compensation to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Her tireless efforts resulted in an award of $67,500 in transitional compensation, full medical insurance, and other benefits for her client. LT Aguero’s work as Navy judge advocate recruiter for a 12 State region encompassing 52 law schools in the southeastern United States has assessed new personnel on to active duty who will have an impact on furthering the military legal assistance mission. In this way, LT Aguero has set the example and made a military-wide positive impact on the legal assistance practice, proving that one person can make an incredible difference.

Mr. Daniel G. Jones, Legal Assistance Attorney, Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Northwest, Branch Office Bangor

Mr. Daniel G. Jones distinguished himself in 2015 through exceptionally meritorious service as Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) legal assistance attorney and subject matter expert, Region Legal Service Office Northwest, Branch Office Bangor. Not only did Mr. Jones personally provide thousands of hours of legal advice, but he trained junior attorneys and paralegals in the diverse legal assistance practice.  He empowered five, first-tour judge advocates to advise their own clients in various aspects of estate planning, family law, and consumer law. In addition, he worked closely with a paralegal new to the legal assistance practice to ensure she became well-versed in the basics of the subject matter.  When the legal assistance office faced significant technological challenges, Mr. Jones was instrumental in coming up with solutions to continue meeting mission requirements.  During an extended gap in attorney manning, Mr. Jones served as the sole full-time legal assistance provider for Naval Base Kitsap, Washington, a fleet concentration area serving two aircraft carriers, two submarine squadrons, and dozens of tenant commands. And while training and mentoring five first tour judge advocates, numerous paralegals, and all of the reserve attorneys assigned to support RLSO NW, Mr. Jones was still able to provide legal assistance to 1,800 clients.

Special Recognition

Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG), Code 16, Disability Evaluation System (DES) Counsel Program, Formal Physical Evaluation Board (FPEB) Section, Washington Navy Yard, DC

The OJAG, Code 16, DES Counsel Program, FPEB Section expertly represented wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Marines to the Formal PEB and subsequent appeals in 2015. Serving Sailors and Marines from around the world, the FPEB Section went far above and beyond the reasonable expectations of a legal assistance office. Despite facing significant manpower shortages in 2015, the FPEB Section provided superb advocacy to more than 1,000 clients. With a caseload of approximately 190 clients per attorney, the FPEB Section still achieved positive results for more than 40 percent of its clients. As such, the FPEB Section’s superlative representation in 2015 resulted in TRICARE and compensation benefits to wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Marines of approximately y $6 million equivalent cash value for the single year and more than $200 million in lifetime benefits. In addition, the FPEB Section directly assisted in an ongoing, complete re-write of SECNAVINST 1850.4 (series), which controls the DES, with the Navy Inspector General’s tri-annual review of the DON DES, and with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs policy implementation of Legacy DES case processing. The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel hereby selects the FPEB Section to receive a Special Recognition Distinguished Service Award for the Section’s unfailing dedication to providing exceptional service to the military community and its ability to maintain a quality legal assistance program through outstanding effort despite limited manning.

Past Award Recipients

 

2014

87th Air Base Wing (87 ABW/JA), Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ

Captain Morgan Christie, Chief of Legal Assistance & Civil Law, 97th Air Mobility Wing (97 AMW/JA), Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Altus Air Force Base, OK

Legal Assistance Office, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, CA

Mr. Bradley J. Huestis, Chief of Client Services, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (7A JMTC), Grafenwoehr, Germany

Legal Assistance Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Legal Services Support Team-Twentynine Palms, Palms, CA

Captain Mika’il Ali, Officer-in-Charge, Legal Assistance Section, Legal Services Support Team-Twentynine Palms, Palms, CA

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Japan

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Northwest

Mr. Nicholas King, Assistant Department Head, Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Southwest

 

2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 4/15/2016

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