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Paralegals Win JAG Awards

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Among the winners of recently announced Air Force JAG awards were:

Senior Master Sgt. Steven Fitzgerald, a paralegal manager, of the 14th Air Force, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., earned the Karen Yates-Popwell Award for outstanding paralegal senior NCO. This award recognizes the active-duty SNCO in the grade of senior master sergeant or master sergeant selected as the most outstanding paralegal of the year based on demonstrated excellence, superior initiative, leadership, management skills and professionalism.

Tech. Sgt. Karin Burke, the NCO-in-charge of claims and legal assistance, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, earned the Steve Swigonski Award for outstanding paralegal Airman. This award recognizes the active-duty Airman in the grade of technical sergeant or below selected as the most outstanding paralegal of the year based on demonstrated superior initiative, technical skill, leadership ability and devotion to duty.

Lt. Col. Daniel Rouse, the assistant staff judge advocate, of the 8th AF, Barksdale AFB, La., earned the Reginald C. Harmon Award as outstanding Reserve judge advocate. This award recognizes the most outstanding Air Reserve Component officer in the grade of lieutenant colonel or below. The recipient is selected as the most outstanding judge advocate of the year based on training accomplishments or contribution to mission support, exhibition of leadership in the military or civilian community, and enrollment in off-duty programs of professional self-improvement.

Tech. Sgt. Robert Misener, a paralegal, of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, at MacDill AFB, Fla., earned the David Westbrook Award as outstanding Reserve paralegal. This award recognizes the most outstanding ARC paralegal of the year. The recipient demonstrated superior initiative, technical skill, training accomplishments or contribution to mission support, exhibition of leadership in the military or civilian community, and enrollment in off-duty programs of professional self-improvement.

Ronald Frazier, the chief of paralegal training and curriculum, of The Judge Advocate General’s School, at the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Maxwell AFB, Ala., earned the Harold R. Vague Award as outstanding legal service civilian. This award recognizes the legal service civilian (non-attorney) employed by or serving with the JAG’s Corps selected as most outstanding legal service civilian of the year based on demonstrated excellence, initiative and devotion to duty. Special consideration is given to those individuals who develop or improve systems, programs or procedures that enhance management efficiency or cost-effectiveness for Air Force legal programs.

The award recipients will be formally recognized at an awards banquet at the Air Force JAG Corps’ Leadership Summit this fall in Orlando, Fla.

Congratulations to them all and a hearty “Thank you” for their service to our country.

By the way this is more evidence that paralegals are more important than ants, Comedy Central.

Tell Comedy Central: Paralegals are more important than ants.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I happened to catch the Colbert Report repeat last night and saw that Colbert was interviewing an author who had written a book about ants. That’s right – ants. Of course, I immediately began thinking, “Hey, paralegals are more important than ants. Colbert should interview an author (me) who can explain how paralegals can solve many access to justice issues and maybe even clarify who paralegals are for the benefit of the likes of John Stossel.” 

So I decided to take a page from Colbert’s playbook and create a groundswell of demand by having every paralegal in America recruit three friends to join them in demanding that the Colbert Report interview such an author (me). I set out to get the “contact us” link for Comedy Central to give to you so you could be on the front line of this massive grassroots movement. Unfortunately, I could not find such a link.

The next step was to go to Comedy Central’s “Help/FAQ.”  There I found a link for their “viewer feedback form.” Unfortunately clicking the link simply brought me back to the page rather than a form. But there was another link for “website feedback” I could use to tell them there was a problem with their “viewer feedback form” link. Unfortunately that link does not work either.

At this point you are likely to be thinking “Doesn’t this guy have anything he’s supposed to be doing?” The answer is “Yes,” so I’ll have to leave the ground swell to you until finals are all done and graded. Most likely paralegals will be better at solving the contact Comedy Central riddle than I anyway.