ABA Military Pro Bono Project – Winter 2017 Newsletter for Military Attorneys

  • 3/6/2017
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project


Winter 2017
Case Spotlight! Airman Awarded $20,000 in Car Dealership Fraud Claim with Pro Bono Legal Help

An Air Force servicemember purchased a vehicle from a car dealership with a loan of over $15,000 on which he was making regular monthly payments. However, the airman never received possession of the vehicle and he was at risk of his loan being turned into a personal loan at any time which would increase the interest rate significantly. Meanwhile, the car dealership was being investigated for multiple fraud cases against servicemembers and its dealer license had been revoked. Therefore, the servicemember needed help to quickly obtain a judgment against the dealership in order to pursue recovery. Read more...

Find additional case stories on our blog to see how you and our volunteers are successfully helping military families.

Case Referrals and Attorney Guidance

ABA Military Pro Bono Project: Referring Cases

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military legal assistance offices anywhere in the world on behalf of junior enlisted servicemembers facing civil legal issues, and it places these cases with pro bono attorneys where the legal assistance is needed in the U.S.

How can you submit a case to the Military Pro Bono Project? After registering on the Project’s website, you can submit case referral forms on behalf of your junior-enlisted servicemember clients under the “For Military Attorneys” tab.

Operation Stand-By: Receiving Guidance from Civilian Attorneys

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project also includes Operation Stand-By, through which you may contact civilian attorneys with legal questions relating to their geographic areas and substantive areas of expertise. Civilian attorneys are eager to help!

Please follow the guidelines. The Operation Stand-By lists are accessible and may only be used by military attorneys who are registered with the Military Pro Bono Project. Please read the Operation Stand-by guidelines

Legal Resources

ABA Home Front is an online resource designed to help military members, veterans, and their families find legal information, referrals, and representation for civil legal matters. Its Directory of Programs is a national, state-by-state guide that features contact information for military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono programs, lawyer referral services, and local military-specific legal programs. It also includes an Information Center that features short, easily understood articles on matters of interest to military members.

Press Highlights

ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Awards Announced 

The Project's success depends on its volunteers! Attorneys from law firms, corporate law departments, and other legal organizations throughout the nation accept pro bono cases from the Project. Thank you to all of the attorneys and pro bono coordinators who have registered with the Project and have accepted pro bono cases on behalf of our servicemembers!

Special thanks to the recipients of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, from the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP), for their extraordinary pro bono services through the Project. View the 2016 recipients!

Holland & Knight Supports the Legal Needs of Military Families and Veterans  

Holland & Knight LLP highlights its longstanding partnership with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project in announcing its generous donation for the second consecutive year in support of our pro bono projects.

Upcoming CLEs

3/31 FREE CLE in Richmond, VA: Military Legal Assistance Issues

5/3 All Day Military CLE in Savannah, GA: FREE to local JAG Officers

Stay updated about other news and events.


Useful Books in the ABA Web Store:

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Military Families: Legal resource for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

The Military Divorce Handbook: Resource for representing servicemembers and spouses.

Ripped Off!: Guide for military personnel about certain types of sales, scams and abusive commercial practices.

Veterans Appeals Guidebook:
Guide to representing veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

ABA Military Pro Bono Project’s Online Library:

The Project has an online library with resources that focus on legal issues faced by servicemembers, veterans, and military family members. Log onto the website and visit the Library.

FREE and Discounted ABA Membership  

FREE ABA Membership

Did you know that you are eligible for a FREE ABA membership if you are an active-duty Judge Advocate and have been licensed to practice law for five years or less?

Membership Discount

For military lawyers not eligible for a free membership, the ABA offers a discounted membership rate.








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