Isle’s paralegal staff gathers for Navy-hosted training conference

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Several members of the joint services paralegal field listen to different branches of the military explain judicial procedures during the Joint Paralegal Training Conference, June 18, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM — Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force personnel 

recently met for a paralegal process training conference, here, June 18. 

This conference is the second of its kind in Hawaii, and is designed to teach each branch about their respective legal services.

The paralegal career field encompasses functions relating to military justice, including court reporting, administrative boards reporting, accident and collateral investigations, depositions and other legal proceedings.

A highlight of the Navy-hosted conference was a mock discharge review board to explain to the other services how military disciplinary actions are conducted in the Navy.

“The training went very well,” said Chief Legalman Harry Smith, the most senior enlisted person at the Naval Paralegal Training Center, here. “A lot of information was passed along so we can network with each other; we can get a lot of situations solved when we go out into the field in a joint environment.”

Paralegal specialists play a key role in the military’s judicial system. They assist judges, lawyers and unit commanders with legal matters and judicial work. 

“The training was beneficial,” said Spc. Jamie Cheesebrow, paralegal specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. “It gave other services a chance to get to speak with each other about tactics when handling certain legal matters.”

According to Cheesebrow, the training makes the 8th TSC’s legal office look at the way it does things and evaluate implementing new processes to make the legal action more productive. Another joint training conference, hosted by the Air Force, is scheduled for September. 

“I will continue to get in touch with the senior enlisted of the different services and invite them to these joint trainings,“ Smith said.

Smith is expecting that the other sections within the Army will catch on and start conducting joint training sessions, as well.

“We have so much in common with the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” Smith said. “The training brings continuity to the team where we can better help each other out in the future.” 

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