Kristin Moore, '15, Sworn In To JAG Corps
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Washington, DC—On Monday, Kristin Moore, '15, was sworn in as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG).
The U.S. Army JAG Corps is a highly-selective "government organization that operates like a court system. Its practitioners, referred to as Judge Advocates, are licensed attorneys qualified to represent the Army and Army Soldiers in military legal matters," the Army's site reads.
Moore's time at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) wasn't without challenges.
"Throughout my 1L year, I went through rigorous testing with my doctors and was in and out of the hospital, while trying to balance the demands of studying. Professor [Debra] Cohen was extremely encouraging and understanding throughout the process and was always there to talk me through concepts I didn't understand, personal frustrations with conquering medical issues, and succeeding in law school," Moore said.
Cohen, who attended the swearing in at the U.S. Capitol Building on Monday, said the ceremony brought her to tears.
"I admire Kristin’s unwavering determination. No matter what obstacles life put in her path, she pushed forward," Prof. Cohen said.
First Lieutenant Moore & Prof. Debra Cohen embrace outside the US Capitol following Moore's swearing in.
"While I may not have been her best student, she continued to stand by me and advocate on my behalf," Moore said. "When I started to apply to post-grad positions, she seemed like a natural choice to ask for a reference letter. She gladly wrote an incredible letter which I used in my Army JAG Application packet, which was eventually selected."
First Lieutenant Moore now heads to the Army Direct Commissioning Course in Fort Benning, Georgia for six weeks. There she will master standard army skills: physical fitness, land navigation, marksmanship, uniform standards, marching, and more.
For the 11 weeks following that, she'll be at the JAG School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"There I will be learning military law under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). After my graduation in September, my first duty station is Fort Hood, Texas with the III Corps but that is subject to change according to the military's needs," Moore said. "Generally, your first six months to one year is working in legal aid doing family law, contract law, and advising clinics. After about six months, I will be promoted to Captain. After that, I could go into administrative law, prosecution, or on staff for a commander, [such as] giving advice to a commander on what to do with cases."