Information for Volunteer Attorneys
There are two ways to volunteer with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project:
- Pro Bono Legal Assistance: Attorneys interested in providing pro bono legal help to military members may register to receive email notices of case opportunities from the Project when cases arise in the attorneys’ geographic areas and substantive legal areas of expertise.
- Operation Stand-By: Attorneys joining Operation Stand-By may periodically receive short calls or emails from military or civilian attorneys in need of consultation on substantive or jurisdiction-specific information relating to the attorneys’ areas of expertise.
Register for one or both programs.
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project—managed by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP)—accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys. Register to receive weekly open case opportunities and other newsletters.
View open cases. Attorneys who sign up on the Project’s website are not obligated to take any particular case or offer legal guidance to a particular military attorney, but it is hoped that they will give consideration to volunteer opportunities that arise in their geographic areas and substantive legal areas of expertise, recognizing the sacrifices that military families make on behalf of us all.
Attorneys already volunteering with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project can access the Project’s case management system here. You will need login criteria to access the system. Please contact Rachael Derham to request this information.
Registered volunteers may participate with Operation Stand-By in two ways:
Register with Operation Stand-By to be available to receive calls or emails from military attorneys and/or other volunteer attorneys in need of general legal guidance relating to your area of expertise, so they can better assist their servicemember and veteran clients. Visit the Operation Stand-By Volunteer FAQ page to learn more.
2. Get attorney-to-attorney guidance for your pro bono case.
If you are an attorney who is registered with and handling a case through the ABA Military Pro Bono Project and you find that you need attorney-to-attorney advice while representing your pro bono servicemember or veteran client, you may contact an Operation Stand-By attorney for general guidance. The Operation Stand-By lists can be found here.
For more information about pro bono opportunities, access FAQs for pro bono attorneys.. You may also contact Rachael Derham at Rachael.Derham@americanbar.org.