Ultimate Frisbee – Students vs Faculty Championship Match!

Thursday 8 FEB 2018

The Just Eagles came out in force to support PDP-1 in their quest for ‘Ultimate’ victory.  As the undefeated Ultimate Frisbee student team, the members of PDP-1 earned the right to challenge the faculty team for the dual-championship trophy!

CPTs Marc Beaudoin and Ben Letendre looked more like Tron and Rinzler as they whipped the disc up and down the field with deadly speed and accuracy.  Not to be outdone, 1LTs Scott Ludlow, Nick Brown, Justin Gayle, and Shane Bagwell lived up to our class name as they took flight and soared high to make catch after incredible catch!

Aggressive and relentless defensive pressure from 1LTs Rury Grisham,  Lauren Owens, Jed Sents, Stacy White, and Fahimeh Manjili kept the faculty at bay forcing them to fight for every yard.  Even 1LT Michael Swinton (who started the game with one sprained ankle and finished with a second) made significant contributions.  Both teams wanted it and everyone left it all on the field.  But alas, in the end the faculty managed to edge their way to a 9-7 hard fought victory over PDP 1.

Every member of PDP-1 made significant contributions throughout the season and during the championship game.  To the 205th, it is now in your hands…avenge us!

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PDP-1 Team Members

Faculty Mentors: MAJ Matthew Aiesi, MAJ Joshua Wolff

1LT Shane Bagwell

CPT Marc Beaudoin

1LT Nicholas Brown

1LT Justin Gayle

1LT Rury Grisham

CPT Benoit Letendre

1LT Scott Ludlow

1LT Fahimeh Manjili

1LT Lauren Owens

1LT Jedidiah Sents

1LT Michael Swinton

CPT David West

1LT Stacy-Ann White

 

 

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Super Bowl Sunday!

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Sunday 4 FEB 2018. Many Just Eagles flocked to the fifth floor eyrie to watch two great teams do battle in Super Bowl LII.

 

The defending champion New England Patriots, as always, showed exceptional skill but ‘Gang Green’ was not to be denied!  After four quarters of supreme play from both squads the Philadelphia Eagles, for the first time ever, took home one of professional sports’ most coveted trophies.

Great fans, great party, great game…Go Pats! Go Eagles!

 

Helping Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, January 20th, ten members of the 204th JAOBC volunteered for Habitat for Humanity at their store in Charlottesville.  The students assisted the regular staff with unloading and organizing furniture and other items in the store for three hours in the morning, contributing 30 volunteer hours in short order.

The Habitat Store, located at 1221 Harris Street in Charlottesville, is just one facet of the charity’s local operation.  Businesses and individuals donate furniture and building supplies to the store, much of it never before used, and the store then sells these items to fund its core mission of building homes for the needy in Albemarle County.  The Store has been in business for 13 years.

Archie in the Rear View

In December, the 204th JAOBC took a course of instruction in criminal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  From substantive law to pretrial procedures, to guilty pleas, to contested courts-martial, to trial practice, to previews of the new UCMJ that will take effect in 2019, the class explored the Manual for Courts Martial through the lens of the well-worn case of United States v. Archie.

Using the standard Army training method of “crawl, walk, run,” the criminal law instructors took the 204th through a week of instruction composed almost entirely of lectures, a week of some lectures followed by practical exercises, and a week of practical exercises and trials punctuated with large group instruction.

During instruction on substantive criminal law an instructor roped several students into a conspiracy to demonstrate theories of liability.  Another instructor had students prefer and refer charges as well as conduct an arraignment and a guilty plea.

In small groups, students conducted direct and cross examination.  Students also worked through refreshing witness recollection, impeachment and laying foundations for introduction of evidence.

Students also argued motions to determine the scope of evidence that would be introduced, gave opening statements and closing arguments and made arguments for sentencing.  These exercises helped students get time on their feet doing a few of the tasks expected of trial counsel and defense counsel.

Thursday and Friday of the last week of criminal law were reserved for the case of United States v. Archie.  Every student played either a defense counsel or a trial counsel and a crime victim or the accused in the case (except for one student who had the unenviable task of playing both the victim and assailant on the stand).  The exercise involved a contested judge alone trial on the merits and allowed students to conduct the entire trial from start to finish, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.

Instructors played the role of judge in the trials and provided extensive feedback to the students playing counsel.  It is also noteworthy that the class consists of people who just completed law school within the past few years and people who have been practicing for over a decade.  Some of these disparities were on full display during the trials; however, with everyone new to the specific dynamics of a court-martial it was a valuable exercise for all but the most experienced of practitioners.