When an administrative separation board goes bad.

I routinely get calls from former members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army who have been involuntary separated after an administrative separation (ADSEP) board, or “Chapter” in the Army.  Most were discharged with an Other Than Honorable (OTH) characterization of service.  All want to know if they can get their discharge upgraded and get […]

Saving military careers, one sailor at a time

Originally published on Jacksonville.com Experienced Attorney and Navy JAG Veteran, Patrick Korody, Represents Members of the Military Facing Involuntary Administrative Separation (ADSEP)   Jacksonville, Florida (August 15, 2016) – Though they get a free military attorney, many Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen in the Jacksonville, FL area are turning to local attorney and Navy veteran Patrick […]

Morphine and Codeine in Poppy Seeds Result in a Positive Urinalysis

Positive urinalysis for Codeine caused by poppy seed bread. I recently, and successfully, defended a service member who tested positive on a military urinalysis for codeine.  The immediate reaction to such a urinalysis is to screen the member’s medical record for prescription medication that contains codeine.  If the record contains no such prescriptions, the command […]


PRETRIAL CONFINEMENT IN THE MILITARY The military does not have prisons or jails.  Rather it has “brigs” for the Navy and Marine Corps and “stockades” or “disciplinary barracks” in the Army and Air Force.  The most notorious military confinement facility is the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  In recent years, the […]


  Adultery allegations in the military, without any other misconduct, are normally dealt with at non-judicial punishment (NJP, Captain’s Mast, Office Hours, Article 15).  Many members of the military believe that consensual sexual intercourse with or by a married person with another not his or her spouse is enough for the military to pursue the […]


DEFENSE OFFICE OF HEARINGS AND APPEALS NOTICE OF HEARING INDUSTRIAL SECURITY CLEARANCE (ISCR) Hearings Scheduled in Jacksonville, FL in July 2016 The Department of Defense, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) recently issued the Notice of Hearing to all security clearance applicants in the Jacksonville, FL area who have pending hearings for July 2016.  […]

Should I hire a civilian attorney for my board of inquiry?

Military Officers in the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard will be provided a military JAG lawyer, free of charge, to represent him or her at a a Board of Inquiry (BOI).  A BOI is similar to an enlisted administrative separation board, with one key difference: a members vote for retention closes […]

Should I hire an attorney to fight a traffic ticket?

People think that hiring an attorney to handle a traffic ticket is a waste of money.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. Korody Law charges $120 to handle a Jacksonville traffic ticket in most cases.  That is in addition to any fine or court costs that could otherwise be imposed.   So, in the short […]

The Military Will Never Admit Its Urinalysis Program Is Flawed

The military’s urinalysis program is institutional – and there is institutional resistance to believing that it is fallible; that is, until it’s you who is pulled into an office and read your Article 31b rights for a positive drug test. Although over the years there have been numerous instances where military drug labs have sent […]

Possession of child pornography, child erotica, and other sexualized images of children under Article 134, UCMJ

While updating my book, Trying the Military Case: Court-Martial Advocacy, I spent some time reviewing recent developments in court-martial litigation over child pornography offenses in the military, which are charged under Article 134, UCMJ. In 2012, the President prescribed a child pornography offense under Article 134 prohibiting the possession, receipt, viewing, distribution, and production of […]