Practice Update on This Memorable DayPosted: September 11, 2018
1. Military Whistleblower Protection Defense. Client, a senior Active-Duty Army Officer tagged with Reprisal, was recently exonerated on all counts; This one took almost a year and a half to resolve, but extremely happy for my client and grateful for the result;
2. Security Clearance Defense. Two cases moving forward through the system: One for a DoD contractor working overseas with foreign preference and financial guideline concerns. We were asked to come aboard after the hearing to assist with submission of supplemental materials before the Administrative Judge’s final decision. We’re awaiting that decision now; Second matter pending is for an Army officer with a criminal record guideline concern. Defense here focused on mitigation of that old offense while presenting evidence of a solid, trustworthy, responsible individual moving forward since. Currently awaiting the agency’s decision in this case.
3. Reserve Medical Officer Resignation. Our client submitted his Unqualified Resignation (UQR) nearly 15 months ago. Until mid-June of this year, however, when he reached out for help, the packet was still mired in the system, and our client and his wife were extremely frustrated. We’re close to a decision now… but the wait continues;
4. Fitrep Appeal for a Marine SgtMaj. Have the utmost respect for the Marine Corps, but in this case, our client was gutted in a fitrep by a superior… so much so that it effectively ended a brilliant career. We’ve already been to the PERB and denied. We’re now before the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) … with hope that Lady Justice will soon appear!
Seventeen years ago today, I walked into a Dallas County courtroom for morning docket and the Bailiff who was a friend said I might want to go into the court coordinator’s office — “they have a TV on in there.” That’s all he said, but his look said more, so I went and saw and heard the reports of what was happening. I stayed and watched for about half an hour I think, and then headed over to my Army Reserve JAG unit — to do what I had no idea really. But that’s where I felt a need to be.
Over the course of the next few days and weeks, we briefed a readied a bunch of units … and of course, our world and lives changed. It’s been seventeen years now, and a highlight of my career throughout this stretch has been helping outstanding men and women who wear and have worn the nation’s uniform — all of whom, in their own way and time, answered the call. I’m grateful … and on this day especially, humbled. God Bless those we lost. Courage, strength and grace to those who still stand, protect and defend.