Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel

The Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) fosters the continued growth of the military legal assistance programs; promotes the delivery of legal services to military personnel and their family members; and works with other organizations to enhance the scope, quality, and delivery of free or affordable legal services to eligible legal assistance clients.

LAMP Initiatives

ABA Military Pro Bono Project

ABA Military Pro Bono Project

Pro Bono Representation

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project is a one-of-a-kind venture that improves access to pro bono civil legal assistance for active-duty military personnel while expanding opportunities for firms and attorneys to provide pro bono services. The program accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of servicemembers facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys.

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Operation Stand-By

Operation Stand-By

Attorney-to-Attorney Guidance

The Military Pro Bono Project is also the platform for Operation Stand-By, through which military attorneys may seek attorney-to-attorney guidance. Civilian attorneys have an outlet for providing legal help to servicemembers with a minimal time commitment, and military attorneys have a resource that supports them in advising and assisting their clients.

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ABA Home Front

ABA Home Front

Resources for Military Families

The Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel was a lead partner in the creation of ABA Home Front, an online legal resource specifically for military families. The site includes legal information on a variety of topics, a national directory of military and civilian legal assistance programs, and a portal for civilian attorneys to volunteer with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

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Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN)

Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN)

Assistance for Veterans

The American Bar Association Veterans Claims Assistance Network (ABA VCAN) provides unrepresented veterans intending to file disability benefits claims with the opportunity to work with pro bono lawyers who help the veterans complete their claims packages.

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JAG Membership Offer

Recently licensed Judge Advocates may qualify for a free ABA membership!

Upcoming CLE

Upcoming CLE

Military Discharge Upgrades: Representing Veterans' Rights

November 11, 2019 | Dishonorably discharged personnel suffer the loss of a wide variety of benefits, but legal remedies through discharge upgrade boards may be available. Learn all about these boards and appeals to them, including best practice tips for brief writing and the type of evidence to include with an application.

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About LAMP

The mission of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel is to: (1) Foster the continued growth of the military legal assistance programs; (2) Promote the delivery of legal services to military personnel and their family members, and to persons accompanying the armed forces outside the United States, on their personal legal affairs; and (3) Maintain close liaison with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard), the military services, bar associations and appropriate committees of the Association to enhance the scope, quality and delivery of free or affordable legal services to eligible legal assistance clients.

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