Judge Advocate Legal Services Award for Excellence

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Mr. Seltzer has demonstrated his commitment to clients and the broader military community. He worked tirelessly for more than eighteen months researching and advocating for a change in New Jersey Department of Taxation policies that penalized non-resident service members. In the spring of 2019, a tax bulletin amended the definition of «permanent residence» to exclude housing paid for by government housing allowances. This change, which was made without legislation or public notice, resulted in several legal aid clients receiving communications alleging that they had not properly registered as non-residents. The efforts of Mr. Seltzer, both internally, in collaboration with the Army Legal Aid Policy Division and the Armed Forces Tax Council, and externally, to find a New Jersey attorney, resulted in New Jersey reversing the rule change and initiating reimbursements to affected military personnel. Lord. Seltzer has demonstrated other notable achievements, such as advocating for legislation unanimously approved by the Maryland General Assembly to extend the property tax exemption to 100% disabled veterans, as well as his ongoing advocacy for an exemption from approval of the Maryland Phone Tapping Act that would allow survivors of domestic violence to admit audio recordings as corroborating evidence. These efforts reflect the dedication and attention to detail that Mr. Seltzer brings to his work every day.

This award recognizes authors of outstanding published literary initiatives that promote and serve the interests and understanding of military law or enhance the status of lawyers in the armed forces. Captain Mitchell McCulley was distinguished by his superior performance and achievements as a lawyer. The Parris Island Legal Services Support Team (OHSA-PI) Legal Support Office experienced a 60% reduction due to staff turnover, while the office experienced a 33% year-over-year increase in clients. During this time, Captain McCulley excelled through these challenges, diligently leading the office with innovative methods to effectively manage files, maintain client overflow, and train five officers, three salaried staff and one civilian paralegal. During his tenure as Legal Aid Officer, Captain McCulley undertook to enroll in and complete the Legal Center & School of the Judge Advocate General`s Legal Aid Course and Tax Law Course. These courses have greatly enhanced his ability to effectively support clients and set up the tax center for calendar year 2021. In addition, Captain McCulley has assisted the Administrative Law Department by chairing several administrative separation committees. Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Advocacy for the Indigent and the National Association for Legal Aid and Defense, recognizes the outstanding achievements of state and local bar associations in improving access to civil justice services for the poor or criminal defense services for those in need. The Robinson O.

The Everett Distinguished Life Service Award honours individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of dedicated service to the principles of military and veteran rights and justice, and dedication to the mission and goals of the Association and its members. The award was first presented to Chief Justice Robinson O. Everett of the United States Court of Appeals for the United States Armed Forces. The JAA then received permission from Judge Everett to name the award in his honor. For more information on the criteria and application format, see jaa.org/awards. This award is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Legal Aid for Military Personnel and is awarded to the outstanding student of legal aid in each of the core law courses held annually at the Judge Advocate General`s Service Schools. The award highlights the importance of legal aid as an area of activity for military legal officers and promotes awareness among civilian professional organizations at an early stage in the military lawyer`s career. Individual awards are recognition of an important innovation in the field of legal aid, which clearly goes beyond performing routine tasks devoted to the provision of legal aid services over a period of time, or providing exceptional services or support for military legal assistance. For more information on the criteria and nomination format, see ABA LAMP Award. The Judge Advocate Foundation presents its Major General William K. Suter Distinguished Judicial Service Award to a trial or appellate judge serving in active, reserve or guard troops. The annual recipient of the award is chosen based on military and legal achievements, undeniable integrity and community service.

The award was established in 2007 and named after Maj. Gen. Suter, who served as a clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1991 until his retirement in 2013. Major General Suter is widely recognized for his commitment to the judiciary and the military. For more information on the criteria and application format, see jaa.org/awards. CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON (Aug. 25, 2022) – For the sixth time in seven years, the Arkansas National Guard Office of Legal Aid has received the 2021 Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Aid. «Receiving the Chief of the Defence Staff Award of Excellence means a lot to our judge advocates and paralegals. This is an external confirmation that our office provides the absolute best service to our military and veterans,» said Col.

Jeffery Wood, attorney for the Arkansas National Guard Judge Counsel. Established in 1986, the award recognizes and honors commandos who have used their legal resources to help soldiers and their families with personal legal problems. To receive the award, a law firm must show initiative in seeking innovation and improvement, and to receive the award one by one, the law firm must improve beyond the previous year`s innovations, according to the Winter 1988 Military Law Review and The Army Lawyer, January 1995. when it comes to legal aid,» Wood said.