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Schag Appointed Air Force Appellate Judge


On August 1, Mike Schag assumed a role as a judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (AFCCA). He is one of eleven judges, and one of three reservist judges, currently serving. The AFCCA traces its roots to Article of War 104 in 1775, which was in place when George Washington established the Judge Advocate General’s Corp. The AFCCA reviews the trial-level decisions rendered by courts-martial. The decisions of the AFCCA are subject to the review of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and ultimately the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). SCOTUS recently discussed the jurisdictional reach and judicial character of the courts comprising the military justice system in Ortiz v. United States, 138 S.Ct. 2165 (2018). Schag has served as an Air Force officer for 24 years. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, he sat as a trial judge presiding over general and special courts-martial. He has also been a leader for many years in the Air Force’s innovative TRIALS Program, which is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)-based training initiative.