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

Social Media: A Cautionary Tale

Posted February 28th, 2014

Just a reminder to everyone out there: be careful on social media. It can cause irreparable damage to your career, your case, your potential for obtaining a discharge upgrade, your future relationships, and a whole lot more. Most military lawyers will tell you the same thing. Be careful out there. Once you post something, it… 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

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

Sexual Assault Reports Are Up, But What Does It Mean?

Posted January 2nd, 2014

There are statistics, then there is how statistics are interpreted. The latter varies wildly depending on political persuasions. In practice, such debates in congress is of little use to military lawyers who focus on courts-martial, as we just continue defending allegations one case at a time. However, we are always mindful of potential changes and… Read More

The Changes are In

Posted December 20th, 2013

It is official, the UCMJ is changing, and alleged victims of sexual assault will no longer be required to testify at Article 32 hearings, dealing a huge blow to one of the most important tools for military lawyers who defend these types of cases. Via the Washington Post. Congress passed a broad set of changes… Read More