Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) supports the operational readiness of Department of the Navy assets in the Southeastern United States by providing responsive, timely and accurate legal guidance, support services and training in the areas of military justice and administrative law.
RLSO SE headquarters is located on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. RLSO SE geographic area of responsibility includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico, South America and portions of Mexico. The New Orleans branch office is located on board Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.
The branch office officer in charge (OIC) serves as command judge advocate for the commanding officer, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans as well as the commanding officer, Naval Support Activity New Orleans. The OIC and his staff also provide command services and military justice advice to command leadership of tenant commands located on the two installations as well as Navy commands located across the state of Louisiana.
Prosecution of Courts-Martial
RLSO SE provides preliminary processing including drafting of charges, review of preliminary inquiries and advice regarding the preferral and referral of court-martial charges. The staff conducts litigation of courts-martial trials including the preparation and authentication of records of trial, and provides victim and witness assistance as required.
RLSO SE post-trial courts-martial assistance including timely review and advice regarding the convening authority’s action, preparation of promulgating orders, and forwarding of records of trial to appellate authority as appropriate.
Additionally, summary courts-martial (SCM) advice and assistance including drafting of charges, review of preliminary inquiries and referral of charges, is available. Along these lines, RLSO SE can provide advice and training to potential SCM Officers or provide an SCM Officer in certain instances.
RLSO SE provides advice and assistance for all aspects of non-judicial punishment including preliminary processing, conducting the NJP hearing, preparing letters of censure, and forwarding appeals.
Moreover, RLSO SE conducts JAG manual investigations training, advice and assistance to investigating officers in preparation of reports and review by the convening authority. It provides administrative separation advice and assistance in all aspect of the administration separation process including providing Recorder in appropriate cases.
Miscellaneous command services (and training) in a myriad of administrative law matters includes, but is not limited, to the following topics: officer/enlisted performance, detachment for cause, government ethics, fraternization, sexual harassment, search and seizure, IG/congressional Inquiries, FOIA/privacy act, freedom of expression, homosexual conduct, mental health evaluations, indebtedness complaints, hate crimes issues, and family advocacy issues including child abuse, paternity, family support and domestic violence.
Commands requiring services which fall within any of these categories should contact the RLSO SE branch office New Orleans at (504) 678-4696.
Relationship with Naval Legal Service Office Central
Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO) Central is a separate and distinct legal command from RLSO SE. The distinction is important. Basically, RLSO SE is the “law firm” which advises and represents the commands and it does not represent individuals, whereas NLSO Central provides personal representation and legal assistance services to eligible individual clients.
NLSO central provides personal representation services in the form of diverse military justice advice to individuals. It provides defense attorneys for service members facing criminal charges at courts-martial. It also details judge advocates as counsel for respondents (service members) in administrative separation hearings.
Commands located in Louisiana that wish to request detailed defense counsel for service members facing courts-martial or detailed counsel for respondents facing administration separation hearings should contact NLSO Central at (228) 871-3511.
NLSO Central also provides legal assistance services to clients eligible to receive services in accordance with federal law, applicable regulations and service policies.
Legal assistance attorneys draft wills, living wills, medical powers of attorney, and other special and general powers of attorney. They also provide basic advice on diverse matters such as divorce and child support, landlord-tenant, consumer protection laws such as the Fair Debt Collection Act, the Unfair Deceptive Acts and Practices Act, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, as well as mobilization/active duty recall-related laws including the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act.
NLSO central branch office New Orleans is located in Building 492. To speak with the legal assistant attorney, visitors must call to set up an appointment. The telephone number for appointments is (504) 678-4692.
Notary services are also available from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday only. Always call ahead to check for availability. All times and days are subject to change due to work load.