Many of our servicemembers, who have left their families, homes, and jobs for years at a time to serve their country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, are troubled with legal needs that can distract them from their missions and make their already difficult daily lives even more challenging. These legal needs are arising in the areas of consumer law, family law, landlord-tenant, probate, and others.
You can give back to these servicemembers who sacrifice so much for our country by volunteering with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Project is a web-based program through www.militaryprobono.org that accepts case referrals from military legal assistance attorneys (JAGs) across the country and around the world and connects these servicemembers with pro bono attorneys throughout the United States. The Project is also the platform for Operation Stand-By, through which attorneys may volunteer to provide lawyer-to-lawyer advice to military attorneys, so they can further assist their servicemember clients.
To find out more about how you can help our servicemembers receive the legal representation they need, visit www.militaryprobono.org, Registering with the the ABA Military Pro Bono Project does not obligate you to take any particular case, but it provides you with valuable opportunities to help our servicemembers while further refining your legal skills.
Mary C. Meixner is a staff attorney and chief counsel of ABA Legal Services. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org