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Rear Admiral James Crawford III '83 Finds JAG Career Challenging, Rewarding


Even as a young child, Rear Admiral James W. Crawford III ’83 knew he wanted a career as an attorney.

After holding a wide range of leadership positions in the Navy, Crawford was promoted to the second most senior lawyer in the Navy and serves as the deputy judge advocate general of the Navy (DJAG), working as the deputy Department of Defense representative for Ocean Policy Affairs. In addition, he is the commander of the Naval Legal Service Command, where he leads the attorneys, enlisted legalmen (Navy paralegals), and civilian employees of 15 commands, providing prosecution and defense services, legal services to individuals, and legal support to Navy commands around the world.

He is also grateful for his years in Chapel Hill.

“Carolina Law was a tremendous learning environment that helped me frame my approach to problem solving, hone my ability to think critically about issues from 360 degrees, and challenge myself,” he says. “If you want to be an agent of change, you can't be comfortable. Carolina helped me with the capacity to think about things in a comprehensive, critical way and extend my reach.”

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