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Legal members help serve Team Schriever

Legal members help serve Team Schriever

50th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate’s office members gather in the court room at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 16, 2018. The 50 SW/JA office is comprised of several sections to include civil law, operations law and military justice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

Legal members help serve Team Schriever

Capt. Eshawn Rawlley, 50th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate’s chief of military justice, and Master Sgt. Lee Davidson, 50th SW/JA law office superintendent, assists D. Vicky Schumacher, 50th Force Support Squadron human resources chief, with her will at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 16, 2018. Walk-in legal assistance is offered at the 50 SW/JA office 1 – 3 p.m. every Tuesday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

If you ever had landlord issues, need a power of attorney or even a last will and testament, the 50th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate’s office has you covered.

The 50th SW/JA office is here to assist Team Schriever by providing services to ensure members have their personal and legal affairs in order. 

“We’re here to serve the base and members from other branches,” said Capt. Eshawn Rawlley, chief of military justice. “We provide legal advice and guidance to commanders and service members to help them overcome any obstacles.”

The 50SW/JA office is comprised of several sections to include civil law, operations law and military justice.

An important function Rawlley manages is military justice.

“My chief role is to give advice to commanders when there is Uniform Code of Military Justice action to be taken,” he said. “I ensure cases are timely and adjudicated with the goal of preserving good order and discipline.”

Another component of the JA office is civil law.

“In civil law, my focus is mainly reviewing government contracts and government ethics,” said Jason Templin, 50th SW/JA civilian attorney. “I also do environmental reviews. Even though we do not generate a lot of environmental work at Schriever, we do have geographically separated units we’re responsible for.”

The JA office also provides legal assistance to service members, retirees and dependents, covering anything from debt collector issues, landlord-tenant disputes and wills.

“The biggest part of legal assistance is wills and powers of attorney especially for people who are deploying,” Templin said. “It’s not required, but strongly encouraged. A lot of people don’t think about it, but it’s important.”

Rawlley concurred.

“Any Airman who comes in for legal assistance, is assigned to an attorney to help overcome any obstacles they may be facing,” he said. “One thing members should know is they are entitled to confidentiality.”

To make it even easier to receive legal assistance, Airmen can visit the Air Force Legal Assistance Web site at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/, which is accessible from government and personal computers. Walk-in legal assistance is offered at the 50 SW/JA office 1 – 3 p.m. every Tuesday.

“Our legal assistance is free and we encourage them to take advantage of this service,” Templin said.

JA members expressed how helping Schriever members is the most rewarding aspect.

“For me, to be of service to Schriever members makes me feel valuable every day,” Rawlley said. “Knowing you can accomplish something just by using your words is a very rewarding feeling. We are all about getting Airmen back to the mission.”

The 50th SW/JA office hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for notary and power of attorney; Wednesday 1– 3 p.m. for wills by appointment only; and Tuesday 1 – 3 p.m. for all other legal assistance matters. For more information, call 567-5050.