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By Bob Krekorian, Naval Station Newport Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — The Naval Justice School (NJS) provides innovative legal training to its students by creating a more operational context to the daily legal issues that are important to commanding officers, to the Warfighters and their families, and to the Navy’s world-wide mission at sea and ashore.
NJS, located in Helton and Morrison Halls at Naval Station Newport, is divided into five departments: Marine Legal Service Specialists, Legalmen, Civil Law, Military Justice, and Operational Law; and is staffed with officers, enlisted, and civilian administrative personnel from each of the sea services.
Based on feedback received from commanding officers, staff judge advocates, and legal professionals in the fleet, a six-month curriculum review at the Naval Justice School last year determined that changes needed to be made.
Generally, judge advocates have graduated from an American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school and are licensed to practice law. While many of the Coast Guard and Marine Corps judge advocates have some military background, most of the Navy judge advocates accessions have little to no military experience prior to accepting a commission into the JAG Corps.
The Basic Lawyer Course (BLC), a 10-week course for new lawyers, trains Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard judge advocates in the fundamentals of military justice and relevant civil law, administrative law, investigations, operational law, and legal assistance. Approximately 150 students graduate annually from BLC.
“We wanted to determine if we were teaching them everything they needed to know,” said Maj. Matt Stewart, USMC, Operational and International Law department head and curriculum review leader. “We found that our recent Basic Lawyer Course graduates didn’t understand the context of the legal issues,” Stewart said.
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From Naval Justice School
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — The Navy’s newest legalmen revived the old tradition of “tacking on the crow” during a frocking ceremony at the Naval Justice School May 17.
“Tacking on the crow” involves Sailors taking turns stitching on the petty officer rating badge to the sleeve of a newly-advanced Sailor, representing the new rank/rate.
Chief Legalman Cheryl Elliott, a Naval Justice School course coordinator, started the first tack with a long white thread. “Remember to make your stitches nice and even,” she said as she demonstrated the stitches for the Sailors who would be stitching the patch next.
Seaman James Cameron, Jr., who completed the Legalman Accession Course, was unfamiliar with the recently-revived Navy tradition. While being frocked to petty officer, his new third-class crow was sewn on his sleeve by his shipmates, who were also unfamiliar with the practice.
The sewing of Cameron’s crow symbolically finalized the group’s collective journey through their 11 weeks in the legal curriculum.
“Our heritage and traditions help build pride in our Navy, connect us with past generations of Sailors, and help keep our foundation strong for generations to come”, said Chief Legalman Karyn Sigurdsson, Naval Justice School assistant course coordinator. “In particular, the revival of the tradition of tacking on the crow is a way to show our young Sailors that we are here to help guide and mentor them as they continue in the Navy.”
The last stitch was sewn by Sigurdsson; by sewing the first and last stitches on Cameron’s service dress white uniform, the course instructors metaphorically imprint the equality of all who have worn the crow and the support offered to a new petty officer.
“I felt honored to be able to participate in this genuine military tradition,” said Cameron. “It was really special that each petty officer stopped by after they stitched to tell me what knowledge has helped them as a petty officer.”
Over the years the tradition of stitching on the new rank had been distorted into a hazing ritual. However, the true spirit of “tacking on the crow” has been revitalized at the Naval Justice School.
“It was a great and memorable experience in my Navy career,” said Legalman 3rd Class Celeste Jimenez. “This ceremony brought camaraderie.”
The Naval Justice School provides accession-level and long-term legal training for all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard lawyers, enlisted legal professionals, active and reserve. In addition, Naval Justice School provides training for civilian personnel, sea service commanders, legal officers, senior enlisted and others in the administration of military law.
By Ensign Jesse Boyette, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the requirements for the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) Law Education Program (LEP) March 21.
Detailed in Naval Administration Message (NAVADMIN) 066/13, applicants to the Law Education Program must be Department of the Navy (DON) junior-grade officers (0-1 to 0-3) who have passed the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and have applied to at least one law school.
Applicants must have from two to six years of active duty service. Once admitted into LEP, officers attend one of their accepting, approved civilian law schools. After graduating law school and passing one of the state bar examinations, they attend the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., before embarking on their first assignments as Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps officers.
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