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Lt. Lindsay McCarl

Judge Advocate, U.S. Navy
Year Graduated: 2012

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Major: B.S. and M.Eng., Operational Research

Lt. Lindsay McCarl, a Sacramento, Calif., native and 2012 McGeorge School of Law graduate, is a judge advocate serving in the U.S. Navy.

"At McGeorge I had exceptional professors who encouraged my military-related endeavors and found opportunities for me to participate in," said McCarl.  

McCarl, who joined nearly five years ago with her husband and fellow 2012 McGeorge graduate, Lt. Clayton McCarl, is the Special Assistant for Recruiting at the Office of the Judge Advocate General.

"The main reason I wanted to join the JAG Corps was to provide direct legal assistance to military personnel and their families, especially those deploying," said McCarl.  "The Navy was particularly appealing with its great duty locations worldwide, and it didn't hurt that my husband and I were able to join together!"

Lindsay and Clayton McCarl, Class 2012In her current assignment, McCarl manages the internship and externship programs, as well as the overall recruiting strategy for the Navy JAG Corps. 

The Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps provides solutions, from a military perspective, to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel, wherever and whenever such solutions are required, with primary focus on operations, accountability, Sailor legal readiness, and Navy legal readiness.

"I have been so fortunate to be able to support the Navy and its Sailors.  In my last tour as a legal assistance attorney, I was providing legal services directly to those most in need.  From assisting families during difficult times with child support, child custody, and divorce related issues to providing estate plans for terminally ill Sailors and retirees, I was able to alleviate a bit of stress for each person," said McCarl.  "Very few lawyers get to assist military personnel, especially those that are deploying or are deployed.  Whether by provided a power of attorney or by helping families file a claim against a landlord illegally withholding their security deposit, these Sailors are better able to focus on the mission at hand and warfighting.  In my current job, I get to share my prior experiences and love for the Navy JAG Corps with prospective applicants."

McCarl completed her first tour in Norfolk, Va., as a first tour judge advocate.  She completed her second tour in Guam as a legal assistance attorney and staff judge advocate for tenant commands in the Marianas.  She is authorized to wear the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Expert Pistol Medal.

The Navy JAG Corps, the cadre of uniformed legal experts in the United States Navy, is comprised of more than 800 attorneys who are commissioned naval officers in pay grades ranging from lieutenant junior grade through vice admiral.  Navy judge advocates serve the Navy and their nation throughout the world, both ashore and at sea.

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