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Military Lawyers Committee

Military Lawyers Committee

Message from Major General Kenneth D. Gray, Chair, Military Lawyers Conference

Welcome to the webpage of the GPSLD’s Military Lawyers Conference! The MLC was created to provide benefits and services for military lawyers. The Division's newsletter, Pass It On, contains a military corner with case updates, military law news, resources on transitioning to civilian life, and information on professional development opportunities. Membership in the Military Lawyers Conference is free for GPSLD members.

I have been active in the American Bar Association since early in my legal career. After entering active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, my first assignment was as a defense counsel at Ford Ord, California. In 1970, I served as a defense counsel and command judge advocate in Vietnam. In 1971, I worked briefly as an assistant military affairs officer at Fort Meade, Maryland, before being assigned to the Personnel, Plans and Training Office, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Pentagon, as a personnel management officer.

After attending the JAGC Advanced (now Graduate) Course, I became an instructor and later the senior instructor at the Criminal Law division of The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1978, I was assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Armored Division, for two years. I then attended the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. From 1981-84, I served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas. In 1984, I was assigned back to the Pentagon as Chief of the Personnel, Plans and Training Office, a position I held for three years. After attending the of the Armed Forces, at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., I was assigned as the III Corps and Fort Hood Staff Judge Advocate.

I was promoted to brigadier general in 1991, and assigned as the Commander of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and the Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Military Review. In 1993, I was promoted to major general and sworn in as The Assistant Judge Advocate General. Currently, I am the Vice President for Student Affairs at West Virginia University.

I joined the American Bar Association in 1972, when I was a Captain. I benefitted immensely from the Continuing Legal Education courses, the networking opportunities, the camaraderie, and the support of lawyers in all walks of life.

The American Bar Association and the GPSLD’s Military Lawyers Conference continue to provide strong support and a wide range of benefits that enhance the lives of lawyers both personally and professionally. We also offer timely publications, top-notch Continuing Legal Education programming, and online resources that support our members. Please consider joining our thriving group of military lawyers. We greatly appreciate the contribution of time and expertise of our members.

If you have any ideas, questions or comments please send them to me at [email protected]. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Military Lawyers Coordinating Committee: Learn all about what the ABA has to offer its military members on the Military Lawyers Coordinating Committee (MLCC) webpage.

One of the most important roles of the Military Lawyers Conference (MLC) is to help military lawyers with career development issues, especially those related to transitioning to civilian practice. The Division's online resource for military attorneys - Transitioning to Civilian Life: A Roadmap for Military Lawyers offers practical advice for attorneys seeking this type of career change. Here you'll find résumé, cover letter, interviewing and networking tips from military lawyers who have successfully made the transition to civilian lawyer. Watch video clips on the benefits of working for the government, how to craft a stellar résumé, and what not to do in an interview. The MLC's quarterly newsletter, Reveille, also serves as a forum to cover this topic. Additionally, Reveille features profiles of military lawyers, recent developments involving and affecting military attorneys, practical advice from our members, and case reports.

The MLC also has an e-mail discussion list that allows members to trade ideas, ask questions on relevant subjects, and send military law-related announcements to fellow MLC members.

Join the MLC! 

GPSLD Members: If you're a military lawyer or just interested in military law, join the Division's Military Lawyers Conference (MLC) today!  You'll receive the military law newsletter, Reveille, for free. (Read an excerpt above.) 

To join, simply contact Alison Hill at 202-662-1024 or [email protected]. If you're interested in joining the MLC, but are not yet a GPSLD member, join now!

SPECIAL JAG MEMBERSHIP OFFER: Did you know that ABA membership is free for judge advocates who have been licensed for five years or less? Learn more about this valuable offer!

Are you serving in a combat zone? If so, an ABA dues waiver is available to you. 

ABA Military Pro Bono Project

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military legal assistance attorneys anywhere in the world on behalf of junior-enlisted servicemembers with civil legal issues requiring services beyond what military attorneys can provide. The Project then places these cases with attorneys who offer to provide pro bono help where the legal assistance is needed in the United States. Register here to get involved.

Operation Stand-By

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project also includes Operation Stand-By, through which civilian attorneys may volunteer to offer attorney-to-attorney guidance to military attorneys in need of consultation on substantive or jurisdiction-specific information, so the military attorneys can better assist their servicemember clients. Find further information here and get involved.

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