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Military Pro Bono Project

Unregistered Military and Pro Bono Attorneys may gain access to this site by clicking the "Join this Area" link at the left. Upon approval, you will be able to use all site resources, including the case management system.

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families with civil legal problems, and it places these cases with pro bono attorneys where the legal assistance is needed. The Project is also the platform for Operation Stand-By, through which military attorneys may seek attorney-to-attorney advice to further assist their servicemember clients.


Military Legal Assistance Attorneys

Military attorneys can register to further help their servicemember clients by:

  • Referring Cases for Pro Bono Legal Assistance

Submit case referrals for financially eligible servicemember clients to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which makes every available effort to place the cases with qualified volunteer attorneys. Learn more.

  • Using Operation Stand-By

Contact civilian attorneys registered with the Operation Stand-By, via phone or email, with legal questions relating to their geographic areas and substantive areas of expertise for attorney-to-attorney advice, so you can further assist your servicemember clients. Learn more.


Pro Bono Attorneys and Coordinators

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project offers attorneys two different ways to help military families:

  • Providing Pro Bono Legal Counsel to Military Members

Attorneys can register to be contacted by the ABA Military Pro Bono Project with opportunities to provide pro bono assistance on behalf of military families when cases arise in your geographic and substantive area. Sign up for our weekly Case Opportunities listserv to stay up-to-date on the latest pro bono opportunities through the Project. Read about our volunteer attorneys' success stories and how they have provided much-needed legal help to our military families. Learn more.

  • Joining Operation Stand-By to Assist Military Attorneys

Attorneys can register to join Operation Stand-By to volunteer time to receive calls or emails from military attorneys in need of attorney-to-attorney advice on state-specific legal information relating to your legal area of expertise, so they can further assist their servicemember clients. Learn more.

  • Registering with ABA VCAN to Help Veterans with VA Claims

The American Bar Association Veterans' Claims Assistance Network (ABA VCAN), in close coordination with the VA, connects eligible veterans with lawyers who will help the veterans complete their claims packages for expedited review by the VA, at no cost to the veteran. Learn more.


Servicemembers and Families in Need of Legal Assistance

If you are a servicemember, veteran, or military family member in need of legal assistance, visit ABA Home Front where you can use (1) the Directory of Programs to find a state-by-state guide of legal resources available to military families and (2) the Information Center to find information on a variety of legal topics.

No legal representation, advice, or assistance is provided by the Military Pro Bono Project staff. Click here for more information on how to be referred to the Project.


Financial Support

The Project depends upon financial contributions from Project Partners, law firms, corporations, foundations, and private individuals. Become a Star Ranking Supporter for our servicemembers!

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