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Air Force General Counsel Blog

Air Force General Counsel Blog

Covers legal issues faced by military lawyers, including the law of armed conflict, cyberlaw, military justice, and international law.

http://afgeneralcounsel.dodlive.mil/
  • Apr 2

    Signing Off

    Signing Off
    As our readers are no doubt aware, in recent months the Air Force has announced significant reductions to manpower and personnel, and our office is not exempt from these reductions. Due to reduced resources, the General Counsel's office is…
  • Apr 1

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation
    Two public events involving climate change and national defense coincided this week. The first involves Secretary of Defense Hagel and USAID Administrator Shah highlighting climate change's role in increasing regional political instability…
  • Mar 28

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?
    On March 18, the Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”) announced the milCloud service, a government-operated cloud tailored to DoD needs. Two computing centers have implemented milCloud for DoD’s unclassified network…
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Armillary Observations

Armillary Observations

Focuses on appellate law and military law.

http://hlime.wordpress.com
  • Mar 24

    Defense: Planet of Giant

    Defense: Planet of Giant
    Planet of Giants came out last September on DVD, allowing us to inaugurate the second season in proper fashion. This serial may seem a poor candidate for the defense, as its relative lack of action and plodding dialogue meant that ……
  • Mar 24

    Defense: Planet of Giant

    Defense: Planet of Giant
    Planet of Giants came out last September on DVD, allowing us to inaugurate the second season in proper fashion. This serial may seem a poor candidate for the defense, as its relative lack of action and plodding dialogue meant that even its…
  • Mar 23

    Prosecution: The Myth Maker

    Prosecution: The Myth Maker
    Hello again, Mithradates here, and back on the job, sans my erstwhile partner. While I catch up on old reviews, I am continuing forward from my last stopping point, and have decided to post my impressions while they are still ……
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Burn Pit Claims

Burn Pit Claims

An analysis of trends and developments of claims arising out of exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan to burn pits. By Jon L. Gelman.

http://burnpitclaims.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 30

    Court Holds Evidentiary Hearing On Jurisdictional Issue

    Court Holds Evidentiary Hearing On Jurisdictional Issue
    The Court held a 3-day evidentiary hearing on March 9, 10 and 13, 2017 in the Burn Pit Litigation. The lawsuit was brought by veterans, private military contractor employees and civilian government employees, who allege toxic exposure in Iraq…
  • Feb 9

    Senators Klobuchar and Tillis Introduce a Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pit

    Senators Klobuchar and Tillis Introduce a Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pit
    The Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat veterans who become sick after exposure.…
  • Dec 4

    Burn Pit Lawsuit Hearing Rescheduled to March 2017

    Burn Pit Lawsuit Hearing Rescheduled to March 2017
    The Court has rescheduled the evidentiary hearing to March 9 & 10, 2017. At that time the Court will determine whether it has subject matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit. The Court entered an Order setting forth the new hearing…
Rank this Week: 1865

CAAFlog

CAAFlog

Covers military justice appellate practice.

http://caaflog.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 27

    You can’t prosecute a machine

    You can’t prosecute a machine
    o it’s not a military justice story… yet. Over at Opinio Juris they’re talking about the brand new DoD Directive 3000.09 dated November 21, 2012: Autonomy in Weapon Systems. 4. POLICY. It is DoD policy that:
  • Nov 27

    CAAF issues order to AFCCA in Carter

    CAAF issues order to AFCCA in Carter
    CAAF today issued this order to AFCCA arising from the second petition for extraordinary relief in Carter v.
  • Nov 27

    Top Ten Military Justice Stories Time Again

    Top Ten Military Justice Stories Time Again
    Going to try something novel this year.  I am taking noinations for the Top Ten Military Justice Stories of 2012.  Leave comments on this post or on our Facebook page, here, with your nominations.  Much like all those reality shows, the…
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Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Jun 24

    Copious rations and heaping serving

    Copious rations and heaping serving
    The military does not have Alford pleas. In an Alford Plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. The court will pronounce the defendant guilty. The defendant may plead…
  • Jun 24

    Note for appellate counsel

    Note for appellate counsel
    By order of the Chief Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will be closed all day on Monday, July 3, 2017.  For purposes of computation of time and motions to enlarge time under the Court’s Rules of…
  • Jun 19

    Supreme Court invalidates ban on social media for sex offender

    Supreme Court invalidates ban on social media for sex offender
    In 2002, Lester Packingham became a convicted sex offender at the age of 21, after he pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child – having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Packingham got into hot water with the law again in…
Rank this Week: 499

Cutting Red Tape for Veterans

Cutting Red Tape for Veterans

Covers appeals and benefits for military veterans. By IAJ Law, LLC.

http://iajlaw.com/news-articles/laws-for-veterans/
  • Jun 21

    22 Legal Cases on Veteran Appeals for Anthrax

    22 Legal Cases on Veteran Appeals for Anthrax
    Anthrax is still a hot issue for Veterans like myself and others.  Right now, there are 22 public legal cases that make specific reference to [Read More] The post 22 Legal Cases on Veteran Appeals for Anthrax appeared first on IAJ Law,…
  • Jun 8

    Appealing to the VA for a Service Connected Death

    Appealing to the VA for a Service Connected Death
    Yes, many military families are asked to appeal a service connected death.  At first, receiving a letter from the VA like this can be detrimental. On the other [Read More] The post Appealing to the VA for a Service…
  • May 27

    Using Your Minnesota Gun Trust as Target Practice

    Using Your Minnesota Gun Trust as Target Practice
    A Minnesota Gun Trust is not as complicated as you might think.  Yes, there are legal issues to consider like age and background of the Read More ... The post Using Your Minnesota Gun Trust as Target Practice appeared first on IAJ Law,…
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Dreadnaught

Dreadnaught

Covers military law.

http://dreadnaught.wordpress.com
  • Aug 13

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2
    The Spyderco Para-Military 2 has four positions for the mounting of the clip.  To change the clip to another position you will need a T7 Torx screwdriver. I ordered mine from Amazon.com.  The total price for a 6-piece set was $5.31 plus…
  • Aug 13

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2
    The Spyderco Para-Military 2 has four positions for the mounting of the clip.  To change the clip to another position you will need a T7 Torx screwdriver. I ordered mine from Amazon.com.  The total price for a 6-piece set was…
  • Apr 24

    Why President Obama Will Not Close Guantanamo Bay

    Why President Obama Will Not Close Guantanamo Bay
    As regular readers of Dreadnaught will recall, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay within one year.  Then the president learned that it may not be so easy to close.  Congress then opposed the closing and withheld the necessary…
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Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

https://blog.finkrosnerershow-levenberg.com
  • Jun 23

    More formality may be better with intergenerational household

    More formality may be better with intergenerational household
    As elder law attorneys, our clients have presented us with many difficult situations involving adult children or grandchildren who live in their houses. Sometimes a child has run into some hard times and sees the parent’s home as an…
  • Jun 20

    There’s no “income cap” anymore for Medicaid long term benefit

    There’s no “income cap” anymore for Medicaid long term benefit
    When I first started filing Medicaid applications for my clients back in 1995, a person who needed long-term care services in the home or assisted living but had run out of money could not even apply for Medicaid if their … Continue…
  • Jun 16

    Feeding the Patient is Part of the Plan of Care

    Feeding the Patient is Part of the Plan of Care
    What can you do if your loved one can’t feed himself but the nursing home staff just keep leaving the tray on his table? The Nursing Home Reform Act Residents’ Rights 42 CFR Ä 483 requires that provision of adequate ……
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Hill & Ponton Blog

Hill & Ponton Blog

Covers social security and veterans disability law.

http://www.hillandponton.com/blog/
  • Jun 26

    What Happens When I File a Claim?

    What Happens When I File a Claim?
    The claims process with the VA is often cumbersome and complicated. It has gone through some streamlining in the last few years thanks to legislation and an attempt to reduce the backlog, which the VA has done quite successfully, but there is…
  • Jun 23

    Video Blog – Disability Insurance Benefits Overview

    Video Blog – Disability Insurance Benefits Overview
    Natalia Jofre: Hi and Welcome to Hill & Ponton Social Security Disability blog. I’m Natalia Jofre. I’m the director for our Social Security section. Shelly Mark: And I am Shelly Mark. I’m the senior Social Security…
  • Jun 21

    What is Apportionment of My VA Benefits?

    What is Apportionment of My VA Benefits?
    Generally, a veteran’s VA benefits may not be paid to anyone other than directly to the veteran. However, if a family member is the veteran’s designated fiduciary or apportionee, the family member may be eligible for receiving…
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Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and…

Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Covers international laws of war, international law, related human rights topics, international NGOs, and the theory of the just war. By Professor Kenneth Anderson.

http://kennethandersonlawofwar.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 504

Lawfare

Lawfare

Coveres actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions, including cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, and the state secrets privilege. By Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Jun 27

    Truthiness in the Cold War

    Truthiness in the Cold War
    PDF version A review of Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe by Melissa Feinberg (Oxford Univ. Press, 2017). *** Across college campuses these days, small knots of worried students and their professors have…
  • Jun 27

    Saudi Arabia Appoints New Crown Prince, Gulf States Issue Demands for Qatar, and Eastern Syria Is Getting Crowded

    Saudi Arabia Appoints New Crown Prince, Gulf States Issue Demands for Qatar, and Eastern Syria Is Getting Crowded
    Saudi Arabia’s Rising Star Skips ahead in Order of Succession After two years of grooming, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman last week appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman, to be next in line for the crown. The decision cuts out the…
  • Jun 27

    The Reason to Worry About the Syrian “Safe Zones”

    The Reason to Worry About the Syrian “Safe Zones”
    According to recent reports, the United States and Russia are quietly discussing establishing a so-called “safe zone” in southern Syria. This follows the May 4th agreement between Russia, Turkey, and Iran that created…
Rank this Week: 67

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC Blog

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC Blog

Covers the Department of Veterans Affairs and medical care for veterans.

http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com/blog/
  • Jun 16

    VA issues warning about phone scam targeting Veterans Choice Program

    VA issues warning about phone scam targeting Veterans Choice Program
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) warned veterans to be aware of a national scam in which impostors attempt to steal personal information by imitating a VA phone line. The scam targets veterans who inadvertently dial the wrong phone…
  • Jun 2

    VA aims to reduce veteran suicide with new predictive technology

    VA aims to reduce veteran suicide with new predictive technology
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new program designed to identify veterans who are at risk of suicide. With an average of 20 veterans taking their lives each day, the agency is hoping their efforts will help reduce the…
  • May 31

    New VA website shares hospital wait time data, promises more accountability

    New VA website shares hospital wait time data, promises more accountability
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on April 12 unveiled a new website with the goal of providing more transparency to veterans. The agency is making public data about the amount of time veterans are waiting for treatment and the quality…
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Military Medical Malpractice Blog

Military Medical Malpractice Blog

Covers the Federal Tort Claims Act, Military Claims Act, military malpractice, military negligence and VA hospitals.

http://www.militarymedicalmalpracticeblog.com
  • Feb 5

    Medical Malpractice Claims by United States Veterans Continue to Rise

    Medical Malpractice Claims by United States Veterans Continue to Rise
    As thousands of soldiers returned home from overseas in recent years, American taxpayers have paid more not just for veterans’ medical care but for a surge in malpractice claims against veterans hospitals. Settlements and court…
  • Mar 20

    U.S. Soldier Kills Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan & The Foreign Claims Act

    U.S. Soldier Kills Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan & The Foreign Claims Act
    The recent horrendous murder of innocent civilians, including women and children, by an Army soldier in Afghanistan raises many questions as to how the United States will proceed once its investigation is completed.  One of those questions…
  • Mar 8

    36 U.S. and NATO Troops Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldiers in Last 13 Month

    36 U.S. and NATO Troops Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldiers in Last 13 Month
    A few weeks ago, two American Army officers were shot to death as they sat at their desks inside the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, apparently by a rogue Afghan security officer.  The killer escaped and has not been…
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Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Covers VA benefits. By Serafini, Michalowski & Derkacz

http://www.militaryveteranattorney.com/
  • Nov 23

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List
    Michigan Vietnam Veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange may now have the ability to file for benefits. The Department of Veteran's Affairs recently expanded its list of ships that were subject to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam…
  • Nov 23

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List
    Michigan Vietnam Veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange may now have the ability to file for benefits. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs recently expanded its list of ships that were subject to Agent Orange exposure during the…
  • Nov 23

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List

    VA Expands Agent Orange Exposure List
    Michigan Vietnam Veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange may now have the ability to file for benefits. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs recently expanded its list of ships that were subject to Agent Orange exposure during the…
Rank this Week: 2569

National Institute of Military…

National Institute of Military Justice

Covers courts-martial (domestic and international), law changes, military commissions and other items of interest to military law practitioners and scholars worldwide.

http://www.nimjblog.org/
  • Sep 21

    ACS

    ACS
    William Lietzau, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy, addresses the American Constitution Society's "9/11 at 10" symposium, marking t
  • Sep 11

    CAAFlog and NIMJ Blog Join Force

    CAAFlog and NIMJ Blog Join Force
    As of Sept. 12, 2011, the National Institute of Military Justice blog will join CAAFlog in a new blog venture, NIMJ blog CAAFlog.
  • Sep 10

    Action at the CMCR

    Action at the CMCR
    h/t Opinio Juris, Kevin Heller comments on, "CMCR invents the war crime of conspiracy," he begins:
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The JAG Hunter

The JAG Hunter

Covers legal deveopments involving the military and military personnel.

http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 221

Veterans' Disability Blog

Veterans' Disability Blog

Covers veterans benefits topics for disabled veterans in Colorado. By Spencer & Spencer, P.C.

http://2spencers.com/veterans-disability-blog
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jun 18

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?
    Q: I was awarded a 10% disability in March 1910. I appealed it and they received the appeal on May 28th, 2010. It has been over 2 years since I have had any response. Is this normal? A: Two years with no response from the VA on a claim for…
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Whitcomb Law Blog

Whitcomb Law Blog

Covers government procurement.

http://blog.whitcomblawpc.com
  • Jun 23

    Colorado’s End of Life Law

    Colorado’s End of Life Law
    Colorado’s End of Life Law ~ Death With Dignity  How the state of Colorado treats terminal illness with the new end of life law is about to change significantly which results in a substantial change to estate planning. The End of…
  • Jun 23

    Abusing Power of Attorney

    Abusing Power of Attorney
    Cases of Abusing Power of Attorney In a recent case of severe abuse of power of attorney against a vulnerable adult, a man was sentenced to four years in prison. The individual pleaded guilty to stealing more than $600,000 from his mother who…
  • Jun 22

    New Rules for Federal Acquisition Regulation

    New Rules for Federal Acquisition Regulation
    New Rules for Federal Acquisition Regulation Federal Government contractors must comply with new privacy training procedures related to federal acquisition regulation due to a final rule passed by the United States Department of Defense,…
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Whiteford, Taylor & Preston BRAC…

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston BRAC Blog

Covers the challenges and opportunities of Base Realignment and Closure ("BRAC") and its impact on the region's business community from a legal perspective

http://wtpbracblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 15

    Where Everyone Live

    Where Everyone Live
    This is where the Maryland BRAC-related job holders live.- Brad Aaron
  • Sep 15

    It's Over and Where We Go from Here

    It's Over and Where We Go from Here
    Well, today is the official end of BRAC 2005 and Maryland, while continuing to face many challenges from the consolidation, was an overall winner, gaining jobs (and a lot more traffic).While we will continue to follow the repercussions of…
  • Sep 9

    Ominous News for the Mark Center

    Ominous News for the Mark Center
    The Mark Center - which has been an ongoing source of controversy due to the projected inability of the surrounding transportation network to handle the additional BRAC traffic - is now the subject of a disturbing report regarding its…
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