The Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award is the Judge Advocate Foundation’s highest award.  The Foundation established the award commemorating Chief Justice Marshall to principally recognize achievements outside military service by an individual who once served as a judge advocate, left active-duty military service, and subsequently made great contributions and achievements outside the military legal system. 

2019 – Harry Pearce, USAFA Grad, USAF JA, Executive VP, GC, and Vice-Chairman of General Motors

2018 – MG (Ret.) Kenneth Gray, Retired U. S. Army DJAG and VP for Student Affairs at WVU

2017 – Ambassador Richard Verma (USAF)

2016 –  Judge Coral Wong Pietsch, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and BG, JA, USAR (Ret.)

2015 –  Professor Frederic I. Lederer, William & Mary School of Law(USA/USAR)

2014 –  Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (USA)

2013 –  No Award/No Dinner due to sequestration and construction of new AN Club

2012 – Dean Blake Morant, Wake Forest School of Law (USA)

2011 – John T. (“Til”) Hazel, Jr., Esq. (USA)

2010 – Patrick E. Higginbotham, Senior Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (USAF)

2009 – Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge, US District Court for the District of Columbia (USA)

2008 – William P. Greene, Jr., Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USA)

2007 – Congressman Roger F. Wicker (USAF)

2006 – H.F. “Sparky” Gierke, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (USA)

2005 – Major General William K. Suter, USA (Ret.), Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States

2004 – Senator Lindsey O. Graham (USAF)

2003 – Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (USN)

2002 – H. Robert Mayer, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (USA)

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California state government job. JAGs encouraged to apply. John Newton informs us:

"The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has an opening for a senior litigator. The MQ's require a minimum of 10 years of licensure. This is a great fit for someone who has been doing litigation for a long time but may want to downshift into admin hearings, which actually get a resolution.

The position can be located either in Sacramento (Northern Cali) or Cerritos (Southern Cali)

Alcohol regulation is a fascinating little area of the law. The attorney will be concerned primarily with litigating our more complex cases, which can involve multi-day admin hearings, major felonies committed on alcohol-licensed premises, or license issuances to large projects, such as stadiums, amphitheaters, theme parks, and such.

Don't pay too much attention to the references to subject matter expertise in the job posting. Although this is our senior litigator, said expertise only exists with a couple of the supervisors on staff. We expect to have to train someone fresh who has never been involved with alcohol regulation.

California provides a great pension (2% @ 62) and generous leave allowances. The state is also extremely supportive of reservists, allowing for 30 days of PAID military leave per year for you to double-dip. I have been an IMA the whole time I have worked here and always appreciated the support."

Questions: email John Newton at

You can find the job posting here: