Jeremy Broussard, Class of 2007, Becomes first African American JAG Assigned as a Special Victim Prosecutor
By W. Sherman Rogers
Major Jeremy Broussard (HUSL 2007) recently learned that he has become the first African American JAG to be assigned as an SVP—i.e., a Special Victim Prosecutor.
The Army has 24 SVPs assigned worldwide to directly support the investigation and prosecution of special victim cases, such as sexual assaults, child abuse, child pornography, or domestic violence. (See press release below).
SVPs are selected and assigned based on demonstrated court-martial trial experience, experience with sexual assault and special victim cases, and general expertise in criminal law.
The following is additional information about Major Broussard:
At Howard Law School, Broussard was founder of the Student Hurricane Network and was active in efforts to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Broussard was among the 60 law students who participated in the Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans in 2007. The students received proclamations from the City of New Orleans for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the people of New Orleans. Broussard, a native of Louisiana, presented the proclamations to the law school on behalf of the students. Broussard was also the founder of the National Security and Law Society at Howard and a member of the John Mercer Langston Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. The United States Army recently promoted Jeremy Broussard to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army. Major Broussard has been an officer in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps since 2009.
He is currently a student at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS) on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. TJAGLCS is the only ABA-accredited legal institution in the military.
Major Broussard is participating in TJAGLCS’s Graduate Course, a one-year program from which he will earn an LL.M. in Military Law with a concentration in criminal law in May 2015.
Following the Graduate Course, the Army will assign Major Broussard to Fort Hood, Texas, as a Special Victim Prosecutor (SVP). Fort Hood is the largest Army installation in the world and has the busiest criminal jurisdiction. Therefore, Major Broussard will definitely have his work cut out for him!
The Army has 24 SVPs assigned worldwide—according to the press release below—to directly support the investigation and prosecution of special victim cases, such as sexual assaults, child abuse, child pornography, or domestic violence.
SVPs are selected and assigned based on demonstrated court-martial trial experience, experience with sexual assault and special victim cases, and general expertise in criminal law. All SVPs complete specially designed foundational and annual training programs to elevate their level of expertise in the investigation and disposition of allegations of sexual assault and family violence. The primary mission of the SVP is to supervise and/or litigate special victim cases within their geographic area of responsibility.
Their secondary mission is to develop a sexual assault and family violence training program for investigators and assistant trial counsel (military prosecutors) in their areas of responsibility. In addition to trying cases, these talented prosecutors train, mentor, and develop junior trial counsel in the litigation of special victim cases. Army SVPs are closely involved in every special victim case in their assigned region.
An Army press release from about 18 months ago appears below which discusses SVP prosecutors. Please scroll down to check it out if you get some time.
www.army.mil - Army’s special victims prosecutors bring enhanced expertise to courtroom
February 2, 2015