From Region Legal Service Office Hawaii
Lt. Cmdr. James Toohey, senior trial counsel, Region Legal Service Office Hawaii, received the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Award for his work on two high visibility child abuse cases.
The NDAA honored Toohey for his outstanding trial advocacy, diplomacy, and tireless dedication to seek justice for abused children and relief for their families. This is the first time the NDAA recognized a military judge advocate.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the National District Attorneys Association for my work on these cases, but these achievements were possible only because of the collective efforts of dedicated and hard-working individuals too numerous to mention. Pursuing justice on behalf of child victims is one of the most difficult yet rewarding areas of our practice and I feel privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility,” said Toohey.
Ms. Suzanna Tiapula, director, NDAA’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA), presented the award to Toohey during the closing ceremony of the NCPCA annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 26 – 30. On stage with her was Capt. Albert Janin, commanding officer, Region Legal Service Office Hawaii.
“It is an absolute privilege to serve with Lt. Cmdr. Jim Toohey. I am grateful to the JAG and our Corps’ military justice experts who created a career track for our highly motivated and talented litigators. Lt. Cmdr. Toohey epitomizes the pursuit of excellence and is a true servant of justice. I’m proud and pleased that he earned this prestigious award,” said Janin.