R 091400Z SEP 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/FY21 MILITARY JUSTICE TRAINING CALENDAR//
NARR/REF A IS 10 USC 806, JUDGE ADVOCATES AND LEGAL OFFICERS. REF B IS 10 USC 1044E, SPECIAL VICTIMS COUNSEL FOR VICTIMS OF SEX-RELATED OFFENSES. REF C IS DTM 14-003, DOD IMPLEMENTATION OF SPECIAL VICTIM CAPABILITY SVC PROSECUTON AND LEGAL SUPPORT. REF D IS CDC POLICY MEMO 1.1A, DSO MISSION STATEMENT, CREED, AND CDC EXPECTATIONS. REF E IS CDC POLICY MEMO 4.1B, DEFENSE SERVICES ORGANIZATION ANNUAL TRAINING PROGRAM//
POC/1/TCAP/G. S. SHOWS/LTCOL/JMJ/TEL: 703-693-9008/EMAIL: GEOFFREY.SHOW@USMC.MIL//
POC/2/DPTY TCAP/M. D. JESSUP/CAPT/JMJ/TEL: 703-693-9299/EMAIL: MARC.JESSUP@USMC.MIL//
POC/3/DCAP/E. B. NEUMAN/MAJ/DSO/TEL: 703-604-0574/EMAIL: ERIC.NEUMAN@USMC.MIL//
POC/4/DPTY OIC VLCO/J. M. LEWIS /MAJ/VLCO/TEL: 703-693-6306/EMAIL: JOHN.LEWIS@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. The purpose of this MARADMIN is to announce the Fiscal Year 2021 military justice and special victim litigation training schedule for Marine Corps trial counsel, defense counsel, Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC), and legal support personnel.
2. Background. Pursuant to reference (a), the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (SJA to CMC) is responsible for ensuring the quality of military justice practice within the Marine Corps. The SJA to CMC is committed to providing timely, coordinated, and comprehensive legal support in all cases involving special victims. Therefore, in accordance with reference (b), the SJA to CMC requires trial counsel, defense counsel, and VLC to receive training on the unique requirements of conducting litigation involving special victims.
3.a. To ensure the proper training of Marine Corps judge advocates and legal support personnel, Judge Advocate Division, HQMC, sponsors and facilitates training that addresses the full range of legal matters raised during special victim investigations and litigation. Digital and physical forensics, medical evidence, ethical obligations, and psychological aspects of special victim cases are taught at these courses. Holding these courses annually ensures counsel and support personnel that have firsthand experience are refreshed and provided the opportunity to relay lessons learned to those new to the legal field.
3.b. Marine Corps policy requires trial counsel to complete Special Victim Investigation and Prosecution (SVIP) focused intermediate-level trial advocacy training prior to being detailed to special victim cases. Attending Trial Counsel Advocacy Program (TCAP) Worldwide SVIP Training or Prosecuting Special Victim Cases course at Naval Justice School meets this requirement. Counsel seeking an SVIP certification must consult with their regional leadership and Military Justice Branch, Judge Advocate Division to determine whether any unlisted courses are sufficient to meet this requirement.
3.c. Reference (c) requires the SJA to CMC to certify VLC. Reference (c) requires VLC to attend in-depth certification training. Judge advocates assigned to the Victims’ Legal Counsel Organization (VLCO) must attend one of the initial certification courses listed below to meet these requirements. All personnel assigned to VLCO must attend the annual VLCO symposium.
3.d. References (d)-(e) require counsel assigned to the Defense Services Organization (DSO) to complete a standard training program. The training events in this program include the Military Justice Orientation course, annual DSO-wide Training, Defending Sexual Assault Cases course, and non-government operated trial advocacy skills courses.
4. Coordinating instructions
4.a. Schedule. The following is a non-exclusive list of courses offered during FY21 that meet the established training requirements. Counsel and legal support personnel are encouraged to seek and identify additional training events they believe will fulfill these training requirements for submission to the Military Justice Branch, Judge Advocate Division for review and approval.
4.a.1. Trial Services personnel
4.a.1.a. Navy TCAP Domestic Violence Course, TBD Dec 20 (Navy TCAP, Location/Venue TBD)
4.a.1.b. Forensic Evidence Course, TBD Dec 20 (National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), Virtual Venue)
4.a.1.c. TCAP Worldwide SVIP Training, 22-26 Feb 21 (TCAP, Location/Venue TBD)
4.a.1.d. The Digital Trial, the Law and Hands-on Lab, TBD Feb 21 (NDAA, Location/Venue TBD)
4.a.1.e. Navy TCAP Child Abuse/Child Pornography Course, TBD Mar 21 (Navy TCAP, Location/Venue TBD)
4.a.1.f. Prosecuting Special Victim Cases, 23-27 Aug 21 (Naval Justice School (NJS), Newport, RI)
4.a.2. DSO personnel
4.a.2.a. DSO Worldwide Training, 22-26 Feb 21 (DSO, Location/Venue TBD)
4.a.2.b. Trial Advocacy Program, TBD Feb 21 (Alternate Defense Counsel, Denver, CO)
4.a.2.c. Bronx Defenders Academy, TBD Mar 21 (Bronx Academy, Long Island, NY)
4.a.2.d. Complex Capital Litigation Course, TBD Mar 21 (Fort Belvoir, VA)
4.a.2.e. Trial Practice Institute, TBD Jun 21 (National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), Bristol, RI)
4.a.2.f. In Defense of the Damned, 21-29 Jun 21 (Trial Lawyers College, Location TBD)
4.a.2.g. Trial Practice Institute, TBD Jul 21 (NCDC, Bristol, RI)
4.a.2.h. Defending Sexual Assault Cases, 23-27 Aug 21 (NJS, San Diego, CA)
4.a.3. VLCO personnel
4.a.3.a. VLCO Symposium 22-26 Feb 21 (VLCO, Location/Venue TBD)
4.a.3.b. VLC Certification and Child Victim Course, TBD May 21 (Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell AFB, AL)
4.a.3.c. VLC Certification Course, 26-30 Jul 21, and Child Victim Course, 2-4 Aug 21 (The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), Charlottesville, VA)
4.a.4. Courses open to counsel regardless of organization
4.a.4.a. Intermediate Trial Advocacy, 26 Oct-6 Nov 20 (Distance Learning/Virtual Course; TJAGLCS, Charlottesville, VA)
4.a.4.b. Joint Appellate Advocacy Training, 9-10 Nov 20 (Joint Base Andrews, MD)
4.a.4.c. Intermediate Trial Advocacy, 5-16 Apr 21 (TJAGLCS, Charlottesville, VA)
4.a.4.d. Military Justice Orientation Course, 5-16 Apr 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.4.e. Classified Information Litigation Seminar, 13-15 Jul 21 (NJS, Washington, D.C.)
4.a.4.f. Military Justice Orientation, 19-30 Jul 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5. Courses open to all legal support Marines
4.a.5.a. Legal Ethics for Paralegals, 19-23 Oct 20 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.b. Paralegal Research and Writing, 26 Oct-6 Nov 20 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.c. Paralegal Litigation Support, 7-11 Dec 20 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.d. Legal Ethics for Paralegals, 12-16 Apr 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.e. Paralegal Research and Writing, 19-30 Apr 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.f. Legal Services Admin Law Course, 3-14 May 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.g. Senior Counsel Managers Course, 24-28 May 21 (NJS, Norfolk, VA)
4.a.5.h. Legal Services Military Justice Course, 31 May-4 Jun 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.i. Paralegal Litigation Support, 21-25 Jun 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.a.5.j. Legal Services Admin Board Recorder Course, 12-23 Jul 21 (NJS, Newport, RI)
4.b. In order to generate unity of effort to provide regional training to trial counsel, defense counsel, VLC, and legal support personnel, the below dates are set aside for regional training. Regional counsel may modify these quarterly training dates, however they must first coordinate with the officer in charge of their regional Legal Services Support Section and the cognizant judicial circuits.
4.b.1. 10-11 Dec 20
4.b.2. 13-14 May 21
4.b.3. 23-24 Sep 21
4.c.1. All trial counsel, defense counsel, VLC, trial administrative officers, regional trial investigators, and legal services specialists working within trial services offices, the DSO, or the VLCO are eligible to apply to attend the above listed courses.
4.c.2. Other personnel who desire to attend the above listed courses should contact Military Justice Branch, Judge Advocate Division for additional guidance.
4.d. Registration. Individual attendees may not register for any of the listed courses directly if seeking Judge Advocate Division funding. Regional Trial Counsel, Regional Defense Counsel, or Regional VLC must coordinate all training requests through the officer in charge of their regional Legal Services Support Section and either TCAP, Defense Counsel Advocacy Program (DCAP), or the Deputy Officer-in-Charge of VLCO, as applicable, for approval, unless utilizing local funds exclusively.
4.e. Funding. Guidance regarding funding will be published in separate correspondence.
4.f. Cancellations. Cancellations must conform to the requirements of the respective course. Attendees are responsible for cancelling any flight, lodging, or rental car reservations they made prior to the cancellation.
5. Release authorized by MajGen G. P. Olson, Staff Director of the Marine Corps.//