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Lieutenant Tashinda M. Richardson, C'2004

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Lieutenant (LT) Richardson graduated from Spelman College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After spending a year abroad in Japan and South Africa as a Watson Fellow, she attended University of Maryland School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2008; She is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia.

LT Richardson was commissioned through the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Student Program in October of 2008.  She completed Naval Justice School in April of 2009, and subsequently reported to Region Legal Service Office Southwest.   During LT Richardson’s first tour in the Navy, she served as a prosecutor and assistant staff judge advocate at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, CA where she provided superb legal counsel all tenant commands on the installations.  She also litigated military criminal matters, ranging from simple larceny and drug possession, to rape and child pornography. 

Additionally, she prosecuted two (2) particularly complex cases at Article 32 preliminary hearings: a rape case from Kuwait and a case involving the death of an infant.  During this tour, LT Richardson spearheaded a partnership between the Navy and her alma matter, Spelman College by planning two (2) major VIP events: (1) a Breakfast for the President of the college, Dr. Tatum and the then Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead; and (2) a panel featuring the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi speaking to a group of 100 students enrolled in the Navy sponsored program called Spelman Women Empowered Through Professionalism Training.  By her noteworthy initiative displayed from these events, she was selected as the command’s Recruiting Officer.  Her outstanding work as the Recruiting Officer ultimately culminated at the end of her tour in her selection as the nationwide JAG Corps Naval Legal Service Command Recruiting Officer of the Year. 

In April of 2011, LT Richardson became the Deputy Special Assistant for Diversity at the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, D.C.  During the next two years, LT Richardson single handedly coordinated and successfully implemented the Navy JAG Corps participation annually at ten (10) national affinity group conventions: National Bar Association, National Black Prosecutor’s Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Latino Law Students Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, National Black Law Students Association, National Conference of Women’s Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and VAULT/Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Through her tireless dedication, she was able to successfully advocate for $110K in funding to be dedicated to sponsoring these organizations.  These sponsorships directly impacted the number of minority law students that came into the Navy JAG Corps during her tenure.

The backbone of and incredible force multiplier for the Navy JAG Corps,  LT Richardson planned and implemented the Navy JAG Corps’ Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program.  This program sought to expose a diverse pool of students to legal concepts and the legal profession early enough in their youth to encourage them to choose a career in the law.  LT Richardson managed a team of 20 Judge Advocates that attended Forestville Military Academy in Washington, D.C., where they taught constitutional law issues to 9th-11th grade students.  At the end of the semester, LT Richardson spearheaded the final event for the students at the Washington Navy Yard, which included a 4th amendment lesson plan, a tour of a Navy ship, a career fair, an opportunity to meet the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and an Essay Contest.

 In April 2013, LT Richardson transferred to the Region Legal Service Office Southwest in Ventura, CA where she currently manages the legal assistance department, providing various legal services to military service members and their families such as, estate planning, consumer protection law, divorce and child custody law, along with many additional services.   In this job she also serves as a Staff Judge Advocate providing legal advice to all tenant commands on board Naval Base Ventura County.  Finally, LT Richardson also manages a full case load as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, appointed to prosecute all criminal matter against civilians that take place on the Navy installation.
 
LT Richardson’s decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

LT Richardson is married to Richard Richardson.  They have one daughter, Parker Richardson.  LT Richardson is an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Bar Association, National Black Prosecutor’s Association, Judge Advocates Association, National Naval Officers Association, and National Black Law Students Association (Alumna).