The Mayer Law Blog

Bad Idea Files: Video Evidence

Posted January 14th, 2014

Here is a cautionary tale that most military attorneys would say stands for several basic principles. First, don’t make statements to others about your wrongdoing. Second, don’t make up a lie about your wrongdoing. Third, you especially should not lie about your military service–especially claiming combat service that you do not have. Fourth, you should… Read More

Facts and Process

Posted January 8th, 2014

The law is definitely about facts. Clients know this and no lawyer would ever deny the same. However, it is just as much about process (and often more about process than facts). Clients often fail to recognize this, which is understandable considering their focus and emotional attachment to the facts. That’s where lawyers are valuable…. Read More

Navy FOIA Program

Posted January 8th, 2014

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a tool used by military lawyers frequently on behalf of their clients. During appeals, where discovery requests are limited or not allowed, it can be an invaluable tool when assisting with administrative actions, discharge upgrades, or other non-court-martial actions. Yet, even those requests can be imprecise and subject… Read More

The Fight Is Far From Over

Posted January 7th, 2014

If you thought the senate would give the latest round of changes to the UCMJ some time to take hold, you thought wrong. Over the next couple of months, a battle will be waged between those who support the changes proposed by Senator Claire McCaskill (former prosecutor and District Attorney) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (champion… Read More

Reserves as a Safety Net?

Posted January 6th, 2014

Staying on active duty is tougher now that it ever has been. With drawdowns in every branch, many who were once competitive for promotion and advancement are rethinking their career prospects. Luckily for many, Reserve and National Guard options expand whenever the active components contract. If you are facing release from active duty, be sure… Read More

Interesting Human Interest Article on Ft. Bragg Court-Martial

Posted January 6th, 2014

Today, I ran across an interesting human interest story on the court-martial of Brigadier General Sinclair at Ft. Bragg, NC. Taken at face value, it is an interesting look into the human side of the trial and the effect it has had on the parties involved. Military lawyers continue to watch this unfolding trial with… Read More