August 13, 2004, David received a commission as second lieutenant in the Marine Corps; however, he will be inactive until he graduates law school and passes a bar examination. In the interim between taking the bar and receiving the results, David hopes to use that semester to complete the JD/LLM program in taxation. Upon passing a bar, David will activate and attend The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. After the Basic School, David will have the MOS of Student Advocate and attend Naval Justice School (NJS) in Rhode Island. Upon completion of the NJS, the Marine Corps will station him for the duration of his 3.5 years service (most likely to one of the division headquarters in North Carolina, San Diego or Okinawa or maybe to the Washington D.C. area- will find out 4 months into TBS; of course, the Marine Corps can tell us to go anywhere).
Wow, looking back is enlightening. Updates to come.
4 November 2008 - I graduated law school. I passed the Colorado bar exam. I earned my LLM in taxation. I graduated from The Basic School. I passed the Kansas bar exam. I graduated from Naval Justice School and was stationed in 29 Palms where I've been a trial counsel (prosecutor) for a little more than a year. I'm looking for more challenges and rewarding opportunities - we'll see where we go from here.
17 January 2011 - It's been a while. I served as a trial counsel for two years, prosecuting more than 150 cases, taking nine to contested court-martial and winning eight of them. I had the honor of deploying with 3d Battalion, 4th Marines (the Darkside) as part of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan. I returned and turned to legal assistance - some of my clerks say it's penance for being the "crusher of hopes and dreams" as a trial counsel. Now, I'm about to shift over to the base tax center as OIC. We're planning on sticking around the Corps for at least one more tour. I'll update as we get to our next duty station.