The Obama administration is calling for an overhaul of the federal security clearance system. The call may be in response to the recent government data breach of about 4.2 million records maintained by the Office of Personnel Management. The new approach shifts responsibility to the Defense Department for housing the sensitive information.
As a law firm that focuses on military law, part of our practice is to help service members prepare for court-martial proceedings. However, there are many other issues that might prompt a service member to seek legal assistance.
Perhaps more than other careers, the military requires physical fitness. The risks of injury can also be high, especially for those who have seen combat. Although the military provides benefits to injured service members, a Physical Evaluation Board must generally approve eligibility.
In previous posts, we’ve explored some of the various types of courts-martial. Although less serious disputes may not be as newsworthy, a look at our law firm’s website section devoted to references and cases illustrates that important issues are still decided at all levels of military proceedings.
Military service can take a toll, possibly affecting an individual’s performance even before his or her service commitment is over. One example that comes readily to mind is post-traumatic stress disorder. Although awareness of PTSD among service members returning from active duty has increased, the treatment for this condition remains as much art as science.
The skills of a military lawyer may be needed in instances other than a court martial. In fact, they might be helpful in pursuing a promotion, as in today’s story.
A recent military officer’s recommendation provides a compelling look into the wheels of military justice in action.
Can a civilian attorney help a service member facing a court-martial? Military law is definitely a specialized area of legal practice. However, our law firm has experience representing service members with their legal defense in a variety of contexts, including courts-martial and administrative discharge hearings, court-martial appeals, military command investigations, and ROTC and military academy disenrollments.
Civilian employees who suffer illegal treatment under their supervisors, such as a negative employment evaluation based upon a protected category like gender or race, may have recourse under state and federal employment laws. In the military, a service member must challenge an adverse action according to the procedures of his or her military department.
In previous posts, we've discussed the unique aspects of the military justice system. However, readers should be aware that service members might also seek relief in federal courts, under certain circumstances.