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

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project


Summer 2017

Case Spotlight: Sailor Divorces Abusive Husband with Pro Bono Legal Help

Read here about a pro bono attorney who assisted a domestic violence victim in obtaining a judgment for dissolution of marriage against her abusive spouse. 

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

Florida Pro Bono Matters

This spring the Military Pro Bono Project partnered with The Florida Bar Foundation’s new pilot program, Florida Pro Bono Matters. The goal of this program is to provide a statewide one-stop-shop for attorneys to find available pro bono cases throughout Florida. Through Florida Pro Bono Matters’ website, attorneys can search for open pro bono cases that match their interests in their areas that are offered from a variety of pro bono legal organizations. The Military Pro Bono Project’s open cases in Florida are now included and kept updated on this website.

Veterans Legal Checkup

Veterans can now access a new online tool to help identify legal needs and take action to resolve them thanks to a partnership between the American Bar Association, CuroLegal and ARAG Legal Insurance. Read more about this new legal resource for veterans here

Website Redesign

This fall the Military Pro Bono Project’s public website will be revamped and modernized. Look forward to the facelift!

Stay updated about other news and events.


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!

Operation Stand-By Survey: If you have not already completed the Operation Stand-By survey, please take a few minutes to complete this short survey about your use of the Project’s Operation Stand?By. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, as it will help us improve Operation Stand?By for both military and volunteer attorneys.

ABA Home Front: 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.

Upcoming CLE

8/17 CLE Webinar: New Developments in Military Pension Division: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. ABA LAMP is hosting this CLE webinar which will focus on how the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act pertains to the division of pensions in family law cases.


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. 


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 is offering a discounted membership rate.


The ABA Military Pro Bono Project is made possible with donations from:

BAE Systems
Holland & Knight LLP

Lockheed Martin Corporation
Magellan Health, Inc.

ABA Sections of Antitrust Law, Business Law, Public Contract Law, and Litigation

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