Rear Adm. Carol M. Lynch JD ’84 became the leader of the reserve Judge Advocate General community in a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard this fall. Lynch ensures the provision of legal services to commands around the world. She relieved Rear Adm. Janet R. Donovan as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy for Reserve Affairs and Operations and Deputy Commander, Naval Legal Service Command.

“Carol Lynch is the right officer at the right time to take the conn [assume leadership] from Janet Donovan,” said retired Vice Adm. Nanette DeRenzi, the 42nd Judge Advocate General of the Navy.

Lynch entered active duty in 1986 and transitioned to the Reserve Component in 1993. Since then, she has served as executive officer and commanding officer of Naval Reserve Civil Law Support Activity 108 in support of the Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General; and as commanding officer, Naval Reserve Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, providing appellate defense representation in support of the Appellate Defense Division.

There are currently more than 600 reserve judge advocates and petty officers practicing in the fields of military justice, international and operational law, legal assistance, admiralty and other specialized areas. They serve throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.