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About the Awards

This award, a joint effort of the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division and Judge Advocate Association, recognizes the legal contributions of one young judge advocate from each uniformed service: the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard. Every judge advocate command is encouraged to nominate one young officer.


Nominations for 2023 are closed.

2023 Award Recipients 

  • US Army: CPT Gabrielle Lucero
  • US Marines: Maj Daane Blocksma
  • US Navy: LT Alexandra Mooney
  • US Air Force: Maj Christopher Simmons
  • US Coast Guard: LCDR Karen Lee


Questions concerning the award or the nomination process can be directed to the Service POC or:

Captain Fabiani A. Duarte [email protected] [email protected]
DSN: 314-478-8844

Office DSN from USAFE Comm: 06371-405-48844 Office DSN from US Comm: 011-496-371-405-8844

Past Recipients