Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award

Call for Nominations
The 2018 - 2019 Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award (OYMLA) nomination process is open.

About the Award
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 under the conditions herein.

Past Recipients

Nominations will be evaluated based on a narrative description of professional accomplishments, service to the community, leadership, and development of subordinates. Please also note the following criteria: 

  • As of August 1, 2018, nominees must be active duty officers under the age of 36, or first admitted to practice by his or her bar association within the past 5 years. Nominees are NOT required to be members of the ABA; however, nominees cannot have been previous OYMLA recipients.
  • Nominations must be submitted by a licensed attorney, and should come through the service branch representative (self-nomination is not allowed). Deadline is April 15, 2019.
  • Nominations must be submitted by way of the form which is available for download. Nominations shall encompass all service to date, but shall be limited to 6 pages, using 12 point Times New Roman font. Additional endorsements, attachments, or supporting documents are not required and will not be considered. Avoid using acronyms, but if unavoidable, spell out the acronym when first used.
  • Nomination form

Questions concerning the award or the nomination process can be directed to Captain Fabiani A. Duarte at (256) 468-9848.

For other questions please contact Asia Harris, at Asia.Harris@americanbar.org or (312) 988-5629.

2017 - 2018 Recipients

CPT Amanda Williams
JAGC, USA – US Army

Fort Belvoir Office of the Judge Advocate as a Special Assistant to the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

CPT Amanda Williams

LT Isaac Jalkanen,
JAGC, USN – US Navy

Deputy Command Judge Advocate
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

LT Isaac Jalkanen

MAJ Bradley D. Brecher
US Marine Corps

Senior Trial Counsel
Legal Services Support Section, National Captain Region


MAJ Bradley D. Brecher

MAJ Christopher Stein
US Air Force

Staff Judge Advocate
Kunsan Air Base Republic of Korea

MAJ Christopher Stein

LT Commander Emily A. Rose
US Coast Guard

Senior Appellate Counsel
Office of Military Justice

LT Commander Emily A. Rose