NIMJ seeks to bring together academic interest and practical experience in military justice. One of the ways in which NIMJ has sought to recognize the growing interest in military justice and encourage further study of military legal issues is through awards that recognize excellence in military legal scholarship.
These awards advertise to the broader legal community some of the most significant work being done by judge advocates and other practitioners, scholars, and students of military justice, military commissions, and the laws of war.
NIMJ WRITING COMPETITIONS
The National Institute of Military Justice sponsors two writing competitions each year: the Kevin J. Barry Award for Excellence in Military Legal Studies and the John S. Jenkins Award for Student Excellence in Military Legal Studies.
For Scholars-Practitioners: The Kevin J. Barry Award for Excellence in Military Legal Studies. This award, given to an outstanding article published on a military legal topic, honors an outstanding scholar and peerless advocate of reform: Kevin J. Barry, a founder and longtime director of NIMJ. Captain Barry retired from the Coast Guard after 25 years of service that included duty as an operations officer, navigator, trial and defense counsel, staff judge advocate, and trial and appellate judge. As a lawyer, scholar, citizen, and gentleman, Kevin Barry is a model for those who work to improve military justice.
For Law Students: The John S. Jenkins Award for Student Excellence in Military Legal Studies. This award honors John S. Jenkins, a leader of the military bar who was a co-founder of NIMJ, the inaugural chair of the Advisory Board, and thereafter a Director of NIMJ for many years. Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins served in the Navy for 28 years ultimately serving as The Judge Advocate General of the Navy. He also served as Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs at the George Washington University Law School and as a member of the Cox Commission, which was convened by NIMJ in 2001 to recommend improvements in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This award reflects Rear Admiral Jenkins’ deep commitment to both legal education and military justice, and is presented to the best nominated paper written by a law student on a military legal topic.