Military and Veteran Pro Bono Opportunities for New Lawyers

Nicholas Hasenfus
Providing military and veteran pro bono services benefits the community and offers interesting, rewarding, and substantive legal work.

Providing military and veteran pro bono services benefits the community and offers interesting, rewarding, and substantive legal work.

Willowpix via iStock

The ABA Military Pro Bono Project—managed by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP)—accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys. The Project is also the platform for Operation Stand-By, through which military attorneys and other pro bono attorneys may seek attorney-to-attorney guidance.

As a new attorney, it is important to remember your responsibility to give back to the community, even as you are first thrust into the practice of law. Pro bono work will help you develop the critical lawyering skills that are vital to your professional development. It can reinvigorate and motivate you, especially if you are discontent with your level of responsibility and are not developing at the pace you anticipated. Providing quality, life-changing legal services to the men and women who have served our country and defended our freedoms is a valuable community commitment. 

Not a member of the ABA? Join now to view premium content.

Premium Content For:
  • Current ABA Member
Join - Now