Operation Stand-By: Seek Attorney-to-Attorney Advice from a Civilian Attorney
Contact civilian attorneys registered with Operation Stand-By with legal questions relating to their geographic areas and substantive areas of expertise for attorney-to-attorney advice, so you can receive guidance that will allow you to further assist your servicemember clients.
How can Operation Stand-By help me to assist my clients?
In working with your clients in the delivery of military legal assistance, there may be times when you need state-specific legal information, or perhaps deeper analysis of a legal area with which you are less familiar. For example, due to your client's unique facts, you may have questions about the proper jurisdiction for your client's case, whether there is a potential legal remedy for your client's issue in a certain state, or how a particular remedy in an unfamiliar legal area can be pursued. Through the new Operation Stand-By, you will be able to connect with civilian attorneys who can advise you on these issues through short phone conversations or emails.
Civilian attorneys who register to join Operation Stand-By agree to be available to receive calls or emails from military legal assistance attorneys who would like a consultation on state-specific legal information relating to the civilian attorneys' areas of expertise. This state-specific, attorney-to-attorney advice also may help you determine if a case has fully developed legal foundations before making a case referral to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.
Volunteer attorneys throughout the county have registered with the Operation Stand-By to provide state-specific legal guidance to military attorneys in the following areas: bankruptcy, criminal, consumer, disability, domestic relations, education, employment, guardianship, health care, housing, immigration, personal injury, public benefits, tax, trusts and estates, and others.
How may I use Operation Stand-By?
You may contact volunteer attorneys registered with 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 receive guidance that may help you further assist your servicemember clients. There is no expectation that volunteer attorneys registered with Operation Stand-By will provide pro bono representation for your client. You may not contact these attorneys to seek pro bono representation for your clients. Attorneys registered with Operation Stand-By only agree to attorney-to-attorney consultations with military legal assistance attorneys. If you would like to seek pro bono representation for a client, please consider completing a Project referral form on behalf of your client, or visiting ABA Home Front for information about local legal programs.
This list is accessible by military legal assistance attorneys who are registered with the Military Pro Bono Project. You may only use the list to seek attorney-to-attorney advice from the attorneys on the Operation Stand-By lists when you need guidance so you can further assist your servicemember clients. Clients should not communicate directly with an Operation Stand-By volunteer. You may not provide any information on the Operation Stand-By lists to your clients or other individuals, unless a volunteer attorney explicitly provides you permission to pass on his or her contact information.
After registering with and logging onto this website, you can access the Operation Stand-By lists of attorneys who have volunteered to receive calls or emails from military attorneys. Before using these lists, please read the information above.
When you contact these attorneys, please inform them that you are a military attorney registered with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project and obtained their names and contact information from Operation Stand-By's password-secured list.
Please send any feedback about your Operation Stand-By experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated 1/4/2015
Thank you to the ABA Section of Family Law Military Committee for its help in creating Operation Stand-By!