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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Awards

LAMP Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Awards are provided to individuals and commands to recognize exceptional achievements or exceptional service to or in support of the military legal assistance effort.

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Outstanding Legal Assistance Student Award

The Outstanding Legal Assistance Student Award is granted to the outstanding legal assistance student in each of the basic lawyer courses held annually at the Services' Judge Advocate General Schools. The award emphasizes the importance of legal assistance as an area of practice for military judge advocates and fosters an awareness of civilian professional organizations at an early stage of the military lawyer’s career.

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