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The Reporter is published by The Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS) for the Office of The Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force.


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May, 2019

April, 2019

  • 25 April


    Mock trial setting at The Judge Advocate General's School. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Donna L. Burnett/cleared)

    By Lt Col Charles Warren. What good is being a subject matter expert in the administration of military justice if you cannot convince your colleagues, your commanders, and when it comes down to it, the court-martial members, that your application of the law is not only the correct one, but the just one.

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  • 10 April

    Autonomous Weapons Need Autonomous Lawyers

    Artificial Intelligence, Stock Concept Illustration ©

    By Col Walter “Frank” Coppersmith. Timely adoption of AI inside today’s U.S. Air Force legal practice will be essential for attorneys trying to keep pace with clients and organizations now operating at Internet speed and cloud computing scale.

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March, 2019

  • 28 March

    Military Sexual Assault Testimony

    Courtroom. Stock Photo ©

    By Maj Douglas DeVore II. The following describes a specific case where the federal officer removal statute was implicated through the creative use by civilian counsel. This article sets forth considerations that JAGs should consider when analyzing a case that implicates multiple jurisdictions.

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  • 6 March

    Understanding Environmental Remediation On An Air Force Installation

    Person in hazmat suit. Stock Photo ©

    By Maj Michael Schrama. Air Force bases have rich histories that predate legislation describing how hazardous substances should be handled and disposed; and the military mission inherently involves various substances, solvents, fuels and munitions, that make their way into the subsurface and groundwater.

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February, 2019

  • 20 February

    Advising the Undocumented Military Spouse

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Logo and American Flag. Stock image ©

    By Capt Aaron Petty. Although both parole in place and DACA may offer the undocumented military spouse peace of mind, legal assistance attorneys should ensure clients fully understand the benefits and limitations of each type of relief, as well as the eligibility criteria for both.

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  • 6 February

    Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like a Contract

    Nothing Says "I Love You" Like a Contract -- Combination of Stock Graphics © and ilkercelik

    By Capt Matthew Ormsbee. As legal assistance attorneys and paralegals, we draft our clients’ requested estate planning documents, oversee document execution, and generally consider our work done. But it is also our job to ensure that clients’ later efforts to use their estate documents are as painless as possible.

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January, 2019

December, 2018

  • 13 December

    Anticipatory Self-Defense

    By Maj Megan Mallone and Capt Christine Seibert. Anticipatory self-defense has been recognized by the international community after it was first articulated in 1837 in the Caroline case. There are two types of anticipatory attacks in self-defense: pre-emptive and preventive. The distinction is nuanced and often misunderstood...

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