The Mayer Law Blog

Shopping for a Military Lawyer? Part 1: Courts-Martial

Posted November 10th, 2014

Judging from a cursory Google search, looking for a military lawyer can be an ominous task. Yet, you’re probably searching for a lawyer who will represent you at a time when you are the most vulnerable, desperate, and in need of someone competent to stand by your side. Here are a few things to help… Read More

Where is Congress Going With This

Posted February 11th, 2014

More changes are being proposed for the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and it has military lawyers and court-martial practitioners scratching their heads. It is confusing and, more importantly, unenforceable in certain key ways. I guess that, when in doubt, make something up that sounds like you’re doing something good. Maybe? For more information, check… Read More

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

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

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

Assessing the Sides of a Sexual Assault Court-Martial

Posted January 4th, 2014

For a moment, let’s assess the teams that exist whenever someone in the military is prosecuted for sexual assault: For Prosecution and Conviction Prosecutor (Trial Counsel) Special Victim Prosecutor Paralegals and other legal assistants in the military justice shop. Investigators/Special Agents/Special Victim Investigators Special (Alleged) Victim Counsel Victim Advocates For the Defense Military Defense Counsel… Read More