Job Title: Military Attorney
Type of Company: The U.S. Army.
Education: BA,Criminal Justice/Political Science, University of Georgia JD, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University LLM (with specialty in Criminal Law) from the US Army's Judge Advocate General's Center & School.
Previous Experience: I've been a military attorney with the U.S Army since 1992 working in legal assistance, claims, military justice, and administrative and operational law. I deployed to Iraq in 2004 and was chief of the Detention Operations Legal Center.
Job Tasks: I am currently the deputy for the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, which manages all defense counsel in the Army stationed all over the world. We provide defense legal services to soldiers and some civilians at courts-martial or trials. We also have a training program which assists counsel in becoming effective trial litigators and in enhancing their skills once they've practiced for a year or more. These jobs involve travelling at times from one military base to another. We also work to assist with changes in policy and strategic planning so that our systems stays current and in line with the law established by the Congress and the Supreme Court.
In the past, I've done many types of jobs. I have been a legal assistance attorney, claims attorney, trial counsel or prosecutor, appellate defense counsel, civil litigation attorney, chief prosecutor, chief of administrative and operational law, chief of the largest Army claims office, chief of detention operations law, operational law attorney, deputy staff judge advocate, criminal law attorney at the policy level and now deputy chief of the defense legal services. I was also given the opportunity to get a masters of law degree in Charlottesville VA at the JAG School.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the experience in the law it's provided me with, far more diverse experience than most of the people who graduated from law school with me have had a chance to acquire. Army attorneys actually represent people right out of JAG school, on arrival at their first duty station; they counsel clients and even represent them at trial. Unlike our civilian counterparts who have to "shadow" a senior attorney and learn their craft slowly, we blunder right into it and are advised and trained by senior counsel.
The travel is wonderful too. I've lived in Korea and Germany. As you get more seniority, you start training the junior attorneys and you also become a manager/leader. As a leader, I have the chance to utilize my Army experience to help make our great attorneys even better. As chief prosecutor, my prosecutors won every case they worked on by obtaining a guilty finding. As a defense manager, I now get to watch our counsel work to get worthy clients acquitted of offenses that they could not be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I love to watch the military justice system as it evolves into an even better practice. I work with some of the most professional people in the world. We do not worry much about our counsel being unethical or immoral as those are Army values required of an Army officer.
The worst part of the job is that you do sometimes have to deploy to foreign countries and leave your family. I loved the work I did while away, but I missed my children. (My husband, who's also in the Army as it happens, was deployed with me that year.)
Job Tips: Try out the military. You will gain phenomenal experience and leadership and will be sought out by civilian organizations because they understand the responsibility you have as a soldier/leader. You will be practicing in the oldest law firm in the world with professional, moral and ethical attorneys. You will assist and be assisted by others with more experience. You will be practicing in a family type environment where your fellow co-workers are concerned about more than just getting the job done. They are concerned about your health and wellbeing.
Additional Thoughts: I'm surprised at how much I enjoy the military, the travel, the family-type organization, the leadership and the great team members.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.
Start the next chapter of your life with an Associate or Bachelor degree from Miller-Motte College Online Division.
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.
At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Lawyers, including: