Our Commitment to Diversity

The Navy JAG Corps seeks to maintain robust demographic and experiential diversity, for we believe the broadest representation of viewpoints and talents strengthens our collective ability to identify and pursue solutions. As the Navy community most closely associates with the administration of justice, we must best exemplify the force and the nation we serve. To learn more about this commitment, review the Chief of Naval Operations Diversity Policy.


JAG Corps Accessions Detailer,

Geraldo Padilla
“I can't begin to express what a great adventure the Navy JAG Corps has been for me and my family. Whether it was scuba diving off the shores of Guantanamo Bay, climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan, or smoking a cigar in Iraq - we've been able to experience history in a way that most people can only read about. Not only are we enriched by our shared experiences in the military; we've been able to build close friendships and meet some amazing people around the world. I wouldn't trade this Navy life for anything.”

Originally from Long Island, New York, Padilla received his J.D. from Fordham University and his B.A. in legal studies from National University. He joined the U.S. Navy as an enlisted sailor in 1996 and received his commission to the JAGC in 2004.


Legal Advisor,
Combined Task Force 151, 152

Lauren Cherry
“I am most grateful that the Navy has provided me the opportunity to serve as legal advisor to three different multinational task forces responsible for counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, and maritime security operations in the waters surrounding the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Through these positions, I have advised and interacted with military officers from Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand, among other countries. My experiences here in the Middle East are far beyond what I expected when I joined the Navy, and certainly these are opportunities that would not have been open to me in a civilian law firm.”

Cherry was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2010.


Region Legal Service Office Southwest

Jason Liu
“In law school, I knew I did not want to go the traditional route and join a law firm - and I am so glad I didn't. In the Navy JAG Corps, I have the privilege of working with dedicated attorneys, enlisted personnel, and civilians who are not only great at their jobs, but amazing people - people who put the group, the team, and the mission before all else. I'm not even one year into my first tour of duty and I've been fortunate enough to get underway on board a carrier, see flight ops, and live life for a few days at sea - something no law firm could ever offer! ”

Liu hails from San Diego, Calif. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from University of California, Davis. He commissioned in the Navy in March of 2011 through the Navy JAG Corps Student Program while attending law school.


Defense Paralegal,
Defense Service Office Southeast

Erica Queely
“My time in the Navy has allowed me to live out my dreams. I've had the opportunity to work with a number of extremely knowledgeable officers and chiefs who have set a solid example of sound leadership. Being a defense paralegal has taught me compassion and understanding. Everyone deserves a chance to tell their side of the story and just because they've been accused of something doesn't make them guilty. The minute I joined the Navy I knew I wanted to be a legalman and it has been a wonderful experience.”

Queely was born in Apopka, Fla. She attended Saint Leo University and received a B.S. degree in Healthcare Administration and earned her Paralegal Studies degree from Roger Williams University. She has been in the Navy for more than 13 years and has worked for the JAG Corps since December 2003.

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