LAMP Awards

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.

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2019 Award Winners

Army

Army National Guard Legal Assistance Office for Area Support Group, Kuwait/38th Infantry Division

The Area Support Group Kuwait (ASG-KU) Legal Assistance Office distinguished its efforts by not only meeting the basic legal needs of Soldiers, but also improving the capability of the office to reach Soldiers in distant locations of the Middle East. The ASG-KU legal assistance office delivered legal services to Soldiers across a far greater area than merely Kuwait, as it also provided services to Soldiers in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE. It revived the Legal Assistance operations by rebroadcasting its assistance. As a result, Soldiers in need of Legal Assistance throughout the Middle East contact this office first. In just five months, the ASG-KU legal assistance office surpassed one thousand closed cases. The team saw and spoke with a combination of between eighty and one hundred Soldiers, DA Civilians, and Contractors per week. This was done with very limited resources, with one attorney and two paralegals in the office. Notwithstanding, the team remained dedicated to the betterment of the lives of everyone with whom it comes into contact. This team demonstrated the importance of maintaining the Legal Assistance mission for those who are deployed in support of protecting the freedom and prosperity of the United States. These accomplishments reinforce the notion that providing exceptional service to, or support of, the armed forces Legal Assistance effort is equal to the importance of maintaining good order and discipline through military justice.

Captain Matthew Doyle, Chief, Legal Assistance, XVII Airborne Corps

CPT Matthew Doyle, Chief of Legal Assistance for the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Legal Assistance Office (LAO), distinguished himself by masterfully managing the largest LAO in the Army, while simultaneously supporting unplanned real-world operations. CPT Doyle supervises four military attorneys, two civilian attorneys, a civilian paralegal, and a military paralegal. The LAO services the military community of Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville, North Carolina region, comprising an estimated client base of 181,000 persons. In steady-state operations, the office sees approximately 350-400 clients per week, and surge operations are as expansive as the mission demands. CPT Doyle has aggressively sought to innovate ways to provide better services. For example, the LAO provides a weekly preventative law brief to all new personnel arriving at Fort Bragg. Also under CPT Doyle’s leadership in 2019, the LAO launched Extended Legal Assistance Program (ELAP), which provides in-court representation to junior enlisted personnel on an emergency basis. The LAO has executed several legal assistance clinics, run by North Carolina barred attorneys, on a variety of topics. CPT Doyle has continually worked to develop relations with community partners. CPT Doyle also managed both the planning and execution of a Retiree Appreciation Day event, through which the LAO prepared 232 wills and 275 powers of attorney. During the 2019 tax season, under CPT Doyle’s leadership, the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg LAO ran the largest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the Department of Defense, preparing more than 12,000 returns, while also aggressively seeking and evaluating options for the delivery of tax services in the face of greatly reduced budgets.

Navy

Region Legal Service Office Southwest (RLSO SW), Legal Assistance Department

The Region Legal Service Office Southwest (RLSO SW) Legal Assistance Department distinguished its efforts by demonstrating exceptional service and achievement in support of military legal assistance efforts. In 2019, it set the bar for enhancing morale, welfare, and combat readiness through effective, efficient, and high-quality legal advice. RLSO SW provided tenacious fraud recovery service to Sailors and families impacted by the Go Navy Tax scandal, aiding Sailors and civilian law enforcement and leading to permanent closure of the predatory tax preparer. RLSO SW delivered superior disaster recovery assistance for Sailors and families devastated by the twin Ridgecrest earthquakes. Fighting through base closures and broken infrastructure, RLSO SW contacted every single family impacted, ensuring they were educated on claims processes, helping recover millions in insurance relief for military families. In the meantime, RLSO SW provided over 10,000 attorney services and 8,100 paralegal services to Sailors, Marines, retirees, and their families stationed across a five-state area of responsibility. In addition, RLSO SW personnel prepared nearly 1,400 federal and state tax returns, which is 70 percent of tax returns prepared by the Navy's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Lieutenant Rosemarie Lombardi, Legal Assistance Attorney, Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE), Branch Office New Orleans, LA

As the Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) Legal Assistance (LA) attorney at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, LT Lombardi distinguished herself as a leader and advocate by revitalizing the New Orleans LA office. Her motivated leadership, outstanding organizational skills, and innovative planning and execution led to vital fleet readiness and both prevented and remedied injustices. She exceeded all expectations in providing the highest quality legal services in a challenging remote location. LT Lombardi’s outreach efforts expanded the availability of resources and reestablished a positive reputation for her office. For example, LT Lombardi provided targeted legal solutions to complex and nuanced issues by providing over 450 attorney services, drafting and editing more than l00 estate planning packages, and increasing assistance by 300 percent from the previous year. She also expanded the office outreach by establishing a “legal assistance day” at the area Marine Corps base and a remote isolated naval intelligence command, while also developing relationships with nationwide subject-matter expert attorneys to provide tailored services, saving her clients thousands of dollars. One of LT Lombardi's most noteworthy achievements was the innovative use of a Louisiana state law providing for the reduction of debt interest rates for servicemembers, including those incurred after the start of active military service. This practice saved servicemembers across all branches over $100,000 in 2019 alone. LT Lombardi set the example for attorneys fleet-wide and made a substantial positive impact on the LA practice.

Air Force

502d Security Forces Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX

With its efforts, 502D Security Forces Group (502 SFG/JA) distinguished itself as a small legal team that packs a powerful punch in support of the military legal assistance mission. The team built upon last year's "Special Recognition" from the Judge Advocate General with another year of mission-accelerating legal assistance to over 3,300 clients across 4,000 office visits. The provision of legal assistance is impacted by two distinct client communities. As home to a Flying Training Wing, the office is charged with providing legal support to the Air Force’s newest pilots and their families. Conversely, the office is located in a retiree hub, with senior officers and enlisted leaders often choosing to retire out of assignments in one of Randolph’s many higher headquarters. To meet the needs of the student population, the office integrated legal assistance education and services into the first week of the instructor pilot curriculum for a Flying Training Group. To meet the complex legal needs of retired heroes, the team conducted a process improvement review to improve attorney access. All clients benefited from a tax program that serves as a model of self-sustaining success. The monthly "Lunch with Legal" outreach program educated the base on topics such as estate planning and landlord-tenant issues. Finally, the team displayed poise under pressure by leading base efforts to respond to privatized housing complaints.

Captain Adam Zenger, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, TX

Capt Adam Zenger is assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing (7 BW/JA) and just recently entered his second year as a judge advocate. He has already provided exceptional work as the Chief of Preventative Law and extensive efforts to expand the legal office’s legal assistance mission. Capt Zenger has distinguished himself through the provision of legal assistance services to Gold Star families, reservists, and deploying personnel, individuals who are too often overlooked in an active duty base legal office with a significant military justice mission. Through Capt Zenger's leadership and outreach efforts, the Dyess AFB Legal Assistance Program increased the number of clients assisted by 11 percent from the previous year, implemented a "weekend wills" legal assistance program for reservists, and a deployment-line legal assistance program to align the legal office with the squadron-centered deployment initiative. Capt Zenger's personal efforts also assisted a family suffering from displacement after following the hurricane that struck Tyndall AFB, Florida, bringing the case to the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and garnering not only an elimination of the disputed debt, but reimbursement of previous overcharges.

Marine Corps

Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Support Section (LSSS), MCI-W, San Diego, CA

The Regional Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Support Section - West/Legal Services Support Team - Camp Pendleton distinguished its efforts by consistently bringing quality and exceptional legal service to Sailors, Marines, and families stationed at installations in the greater San Diego area, Twentynine Palms, CA and Yuma, AZ. During 2019, the Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance Office provided outstanding superior service to its clients, including approximately 2,910 new, repeat and follow-up clients with a small, dedicated team of two uniformed judge advocates, one civilian attorney, two civilian paralegals and five enlisted Legal Specialist Marines. In addition to the traditional core legal assistance services, the office provided three unique and high value services throughout the year. First, expert immigration and naturalization services: While possessing the only full-time Immigration Paralegal in the Marine Corps, the office assisted 854 clients with various immigration and naturalization issues and briefed over 1,000 service members and their families on the rigorous immigration process. Second, free mediations for California divorces: In 2019, this innovative program provided free mediations for 84 families, resulting in 78 Marital Separation Agreements accepted by California Family Law Courts. Third, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): With this unique service within Camp Pendleton, one EFMP attorney conducted 1,034 case consultations and assisted clients with 1,249 Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings to ensure children of service members with learning or physical disabilities received federally mandated services in public schools throughout the West Coast.

Captain Benjamin N. Goodrich, Legal Services Support Section, MCI-PAC, Okinawa, Japan

Captain Benjamin Goodrich distinguished himself while serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the Camp Butler Legal Assistance Office and Regional Legal Assistance Director (RLAD) for the Pacific Region from 19 June 2019 to December 2019. As the RLAD, he was responsible for supervising all legal assistance services not only in Okinawa but also Iwakuni, Japan, and Hawaii. Despite challenges he faced with lack of personnel, he took steps to increase the capacity of his office to provide efficient legal assistance services to as many individuals as possible. He personally organized and gave over 104 educational briefs to members of the community, covering topics such as estate planning and family law, which screened people who desired only general information from those needing one-on-one legal counseling. He also leveraged and significantly upgraded the office’s website to provide a variety of legal assistance-related topics through downloadable documents. He assisted 553 clients with a variety of issues related to family law, immigration and naturalization, estate planning, military rights and benefits, consumer law, paternity, and landlord/tenant law. He also was the Officer-in-Charge of the Camp Butler Tax Center for tax season, and to ensure the Tax Center’s readiness, he successfully recruited, trained, and supervised a section of 16 Marines from various military specialties. Captain Goodrich also improved the capacity of the Camp Butler Legal Assistance Office by employing the Volunteer Attorney and Paralegal Program, which dramatically increased the number of clients who could be seen and assisted. In the meantime, he built relationships and liaised with personnel from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to improve services. He distinguished himself by executing and supervising the legal assistance mission for the entire Pacific region through innovative legal assistance support and sustained superior efforts.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown Legal Assistance Office, Yorktown, VA

With its efforts, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown distinguished itself by establishing a superior legal assistance program to assist young Coast Guardsman create a durable power of attorney. Many young Coast Guardsman do not have a durable power of attorney, and a significant reason is that many Coast Guardsman are stationed hundreds of miles away from the nearest legal assistance office. The Training Center Yorktown legal office staff recognized an opportunity, as many junior enlisted receive their initial training at Training Center Yorktown. Like many initiatives, this was unfortunately inspired by a tragedy. A petty officer suffered a catastrophic medical event, but legal actions to name a guardian for the stricken individual were significantly delayed without an executed appropriate power of attorney. Training Center Yorktown staff worked diligently to avoid a repeat of this situation. The staff developed a program with minimal impact to the students’ training time, guaranteeing its long-term success. They also leveraged other Coast Guard legal resources in the area, ensuring that the office could meet the increased demand for legal services. Over just a few months, Training Center Yorktown’s Legal Assistance practice provided durable powers of attorney to over 23 percent of its "A" school graduates. This was accomplished with only one lawyer and one administrative assistant, while also meeting the traditional demand for legal services from the command.

Mr. Benjamin McCarty, Legal Assistance Attorney, USCG District One Legal Office, Boston, MA

Mr. Ben McCarty, District One Legal Assistance Attorney, has distinguished himself by making a significant and longstanding positive impact on the quality of services delivered to members and families across New England. Of significant note, in 2019, Mr. McCarty negotiated and finalized an agreement with a private Boston immigration law firm to enable eligible members to receive pro bono immigration support to respond to a spike of immigration related cases. This new agreement is the latest in a number of relationships Mr. McCarty has leveraged to enable members spread throughout the First District Area of Responsibility to achieve greater access to specialized and/or local legal services. Mr. McCarty's impact extends far beyond the limits of District One, as he was specifically engaged to assist in the development a service-wide legal assistance response strategy following a disaster or during contingency response operations. In addition, he provided extensive training and mentorship to newly hired legal assistance attorneys in District Eight, and temporarily assumed the legal assistance attorney responsibilities for District Nine during a one-month absence of the assigned attorney. In addition to these specific programs, Mr. McCarty continues to provide exceptional support to clients across District One. His selfless dedication to assisting members and families obtain positive outcomes for complicated legal matters has had a significant impact on ensuring the operational readiness of units across the district.

Past Award Recipients

2018

502d Force Support Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX

Ms. Memory Heaton, 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA

Stuttgart Law Center Legal Assistance Office, Germany

Ms. Barbara Wold, Legal Assistance Attorney, I Corps Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Legal Assistance Office, WA

Camp Foster Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Support Section (LSSS), MCI-PAC, Okinawa, Japan

Captain Kevin S. Estes, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Support Team (LSST), LSSS MCI-PAC, MCAS, Iwakuni, Japan

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Hawaii, Legal Assistance Department

Mr. Jason Lawrance, Branch Head and Legal Assistance Provider, Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (RLSO EURAFSWA) Branch Office London, United Kingdom

United States Coast Guard 2018 Hurricane Legal Support Teams

2017

Staff Sergeant Brent W. Johnson, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ

Special Victims' Counsel Division, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Joint Base Andrews, MD

Ms. Traci J. Voelke, Legal Assistance Attorney, Fort Belvoir, VA

Fort Gordon Legal Assistance Office, Fort Gordon, GA

LA Office, LSSS, MCI-East: Legal Assistance Office, Camp Lejeune, NC

Captain Robert McManimon, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Legal Assistance Office, LSSS, MCI-PAC, Okinawa, Japan

Region Legal Service Office Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (RLSO EURAFSWA)

Ms. Cynthia Catalan-Rodriguez, Legal Assistance (LA) Attorney, Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) detachment Mayport (Det Mayport)

Eleventh Coast Guard District Legal Assistance Team, Alameda, CA

2016

673d Air Base Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

Mr. James Bivens, Jr., 502d Force Support Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX

The Baumholder Legal Assistance Office

Ms. Dorothy Edgerton, Chief Legal Assistance, Fort Jackson, SC

Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Support Team, Legal Service Support Section, Marine Corps Installation-West, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, CA

Captain Joseph Lewis, Officer in Charge, Legal Assistance Office, Legal Services Support Team, Legal Service Support Section, Marine Corps Installations-Pacific, Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan

Region Legal Service Office Southeast

Mr. Luis Martin Mesa, Legal Assistance Attorney, Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) EURAFSWA

2015

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

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

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

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

Captain Tanya Mayes, Military Justice/Administrative Law Judge Advocate General, 80th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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