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Indiana native tapped to lead Navy appeals court


The Navy Chief Judge stated on Tuesday that he would have laughed if someone had told him he would become the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals because it was not something he could see. said Michael Holifield.

Holifield attended La Porte High School and was a 1985 graduate. He was born and raised there. He claimed to have applied for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps after hearing from a friend. The military operates under this system of law. Holifield took the choice to register for officer training after chatting with a recruiter. After finishing law school in 1992, he reported for officer training right away.

When we first started dating, Holifield recalled saying to his fiancée, “I was going to do three years, get out, and then we’d go somewhere from there.”

When Holifield discovered he liked the service, he changed his mind. The following 12 years were spent working in different legal capacities. In 2004, he offered his services as a volunteer in Afghanistan and Iraq. One year later, Holifield went back to Iraq. He asserted that he had assisted the Iraqi judges in formulating the rules of the trial that resulted in Saddam Hussein’s conviction. In fictitious trials, Holifield was even able to take the place of Saddam Hussein. Holifield was chosen to serve on the Navy-Marine Corps Criminal Court of Appeals in late 2006. Then, in 2007, he traveled to Afghanistan to assist in mentoring the JAG corps of the Afghan National Army. The Navy-Marine Corps Criminal Court of Appeals chose Holifield, a lawyer for the Navy for 22 years.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is below the courts of criminal appeal for the services branch. The United States Supreme Court receives reports from this body of lay judges. He claimed that it was his first job as a judge in the military.

“It was a very nice profession,” Holifield recalled. “On the court, you can actually have time to think about topics, to communicate with other, much wiser lawyers.”

Holifield briefly left for a different task before coming back to the floor. On October 1st, 2010, he was chosen to serve as the court’s chief judge. He claims that the job is administrative. His decisions carry the same weight as those of the other judges. He admitted that occasionally he finds himself reviewing case files that make mention of some of his earlier decisions.

He claimed that they all contained opinions and that I might one day discover my opinions in them. She said that she found it to be cool. And I responded, “No, that’s terrible because they’re still in place and they might be overturned at any time.”

For three years, Holifield will preside as chief judge. At the end of his three-year assignment, he will retire from the Navy after 33 years of active duty. No matter how long or short your time in uniform is, he claimed that serving in the military is always worthwhile.

One day, he said, “you’ll be at a cocktail party and nobody will ask the lawyers if they won that case about a car accident, but they’ll want to hear your stories about what you did in the military.”

A Judge Advocate General’s Corps official from any of the service branches should be contacted by anyone interested in a career in military law, according to Holifield. He advises potential members to take advantage of the internship opportunities the JAG Corps provides.