Received word today that the Army has decided that all Respondents at Show Cause Boards and counsel have a right to appear in person before a live panel. While there may be an opportunity for a Respondent in a Board proceeding to waive in person attendance and have the Board held remotely, in person attendance is still a right.
Since DoD has now extended its travel restriction order until 30 June, in-person Boards of Inquiry (BOIs)/Show Cause Boards are likely going to back-log for the next 2 and a half months or more. As such, there might be some additional opportunity in the upcoming months to negotiate and discuss favorable options with the servicing judge advocate offices in any given Show Cause action.
If you’re currently facing – or expect to be facing — an adverse administrative Show Cause action, now would be a good time to give our office a call.
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UPDATE on the SHOW CAUSE, BOARD OF INQUIRY (BOI) for our AMEDD OFFICER CLIENT which we discussed in a post last November |Posted: February 26, 2020
AMEDD officer’s retention recommendation by a Field Board of Inquiry (FBOI, BOI) was ratified and adopted by HRC recently. The Show Cause case is now closed, client’s flag has been lifted, and as a result, our client was able — earlier this month — to complete and timely file materials for consideration by the AMEDD officer promotion board which convened this week.
Again, we’re extremely grateful for the support and expertise shown by so many over the course of the past year.
If you need help with a looming or pending Show Cause/Board of Inquiry (BOI) action, please, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office. Phone: 214 363-1828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy to report that an Army medical officer (AMEDD) client received a vote to retain by an officer Field Board of Inquiry this past Thursday. Grateful for the time, consideration and attention to detail from the members of this Show Cause Board, and equally grateful for the support shown by a wide array of people who weighed in on this case.
We’ll likely have more information to share once the Board’s findings and recommendations are ratified and approved by higher. Simply wanted to express our thanks here this Thanksgiving week to all those who had a hand in this one.
v/r Bill Meili, email@example.com, 214 363-1828 (O)
Naval Aviator UQR, Federal Forfeiture Case, Security Clearance SOR Defense at CAF and DOHA, and Adult and Juvenile Criminal Matters Reduced, Dismissed and DivertedPosted: May 31, 2019
It’s been a productive month of May: An active duty Naval aviator client’s Unqualified Resignation request received a favorable endorsement yesterday from a key commander in the approval chain. We also had a Federal Forfeiture case resolve favorably this month with a refund of the client’s seized assets before a formal case was ever filed by the prosecuting U.S. Attorney’s office. In addition, we heard this week from the DoD office responsible for adjudicating many industrial, security clearance matters (DOHA) that a client’s LOI/SOR will likely be withdrawn based on our response — again without the client having to go through a formal hearing before an Administrative Judge (AJ). We anticipate that the client’s access to sensitive, classified information will be fully restored, along with his career as an overseas defense contractor.
And then earlier, two state criminal matters – one adult and one juvenile – were dismissed and diverted. The ultimate result here will likely be no final convictions on the clients’ records.
For more detailed information on these or other cases, feel free to give us a call any time. Office Main: 214 363-1828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, and warm wishes as we head on into the summer months! v/r Bill Meili
Navy Ensign’s Hopeless Situation Resolved with NPQ chit, Redesignation and Reclassification through a POCR Board
About one year into my service in the Navy, I became sick with an unknown allergy that was specific to my geographic location. Despite multiple civilian doctors asserting their professional opinions that my issues were caused by my location, my command and medical clinic would not move me. Instead, I was placed on hold status with the hopes I would get better. Having never experienced this before and overcome by the dizziness and recurring infections brought on by my condition, I struggled for a long time with what course of action to take. It was when I had been on hold for almost an entire year that I reached a breaking point and knew I needed to take action.
I stumbled upon Bill Meili’s website – www.meililaw.com – while searching for military lawyer expertise and set up a face-to-face meeting with him. He took the time to listen to my entire story from start to finish, careful to take down every detail. It was clear from the start that he related and sympathized with me – he truly cared for what I was going through.
Having been stuck in a stalemate for months (my physical and mental health deteriorating and my career stalling) he helped me sort through a multitude of options I did not realize I had at my disposal and to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Together, we made a plan based on this information that would help move things forward for me. Along the way, he reached out to significant contacts at my command and sources of information on his end to keep me properly informed and making the correct decisions for my well-being throughout the process.
Fast forward 3 months and my command had granted me a Not Physically Qualified (NPQ) chit and written me orders to a new location and new designator that will keep me out of that region for the rest of my time in the service. I fortunately avoided a MEDBOARD and resignation of my commission, two options that I held as last resorts. I received re-assignment through a Probationary Officer Continuation and Redesignation Board (POCR) and have been reclassified into a new community. My issues have improved tremendously and my career is back on the right track moving forward.
Before I met Bill, my situation seemed hopeless. I was overcome by a sense of helplessness that can be brought on by being part of such a large organization like the military. When I hired him, though, everything changed. I was expecting a lawyer; not only did I get an excellent one but also a partner with whom to navigate my seemingly impossible situation. I would have done anything to get out of the circumstance I found myself in and knowing that Bill was on speed dial to help me navigate whatever challenges each new day brought can only be described as priceless. Should anything ever go awry for me again in the future, Bill will be my first call! ENS, USN