Friday, August 3, 2018

What do U.S. judge advocates do

When I first became a U. S. Navy judge advocate in 1980 our work was pretty much focused on courts-martial, legal assistance, and giving command advice. Over the years the JAGC has expanded its role into rule of law and operations law advice as an aid to commanders--not a bad thing methinks.  Here's a piece by Charlie Dunlap, a friend of GMJR, with some anecdotal information.  A reader might also interpret the article as a recruiting folder.
What sort of legal work are military lawyers (called judge advocates or “JAGs”) doing in deployed areas like Afghanistan? Actually, lots of different things, and two terrific Air Force JAGs with Duke Law [School] connections recently updated me on their activities there. If you want a glimpse of the interesting kinds of things talented young military lawyers get to do early in their careers, [an interesting read].
What are JAGs (with Duke Law connections!) doing in Afghanistan? Reviewing $1 billion in requirements and much more, published on Lawfire Blog, 2 August 2018.

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