District 34 of the ABA YLD comprises the federal and military affiliates, including affiliates in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy. Each branch of the Armed Forces has one representative to the ABA YLD and the District 34 Representative acts as a liaison between the service representatives. Michael O. Walker is the current ABA YLD District 34 Representative. Attorneys serving in any branch of the military are members of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (“JAG Corps”) and are referred to as “JAG” attorneys. ABA membership is free for JAG attorneys who have been licensed for five years or less.
Because the military affiliates are naturally divided by service, each affiliate has its own programming and initiatives. Individually, the services focus on recruiting and introducing various JAG Corps opportunities to students and young attorneys, but they also collectively collaborate on several key initiatives.