Volunteer Attorney Newsletter - Fall 2021

  • 11/22/2021
  • Rachael Derham
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project
  • Source: Misc National Sites > ABA Military Pro Bono Project




ABA Military Pro Bono Project

Volunteer Attorney Newsletter

Fall 2021

Case Spotlight

Volunteer Attorney Assisted Marine with Drafting Special Needs Trust for Sister Before His Deployment

A Marine was preparing for deployment and wanted to update his will. The Marine has a sister with special needs and wanted all of his assets to go to her in the event of his death. He also wanted to protect his sister and ensure that she would get the care she needs if something would happen to him. He visited his local legal assistance office and his JAG referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

The Project connected the Marine with an attorney experienced in drafting wills and trusts. The attorney successfully drafted a special needs trust for the Marine’s sister before he was deployed overseas.

Read additional case stories on our blog to see how our volunteers are helping military families.


Supporting the ABA Military Pro Bono Project

This holiday season, consider how you can continue to further help our servicemembers and their families obtain free legal counsel to resolve their civil legal problems.


Donate to the Military Pro Bono Project—through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, the 501(c)(3) charitable fund of the ABA—to help ensure that our servicemembers can receive the legal help that they need.


Special thanks to our current Star Ranking Supporters.


Two ways to volunteer with the Military Pro Bono Project

Pro Bono Representation 

The Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military legal assistance offices anywhere in the world on behalf of junior enlisted servicemembers facing civil legal issues, and it places these cases with pro bono attorneys where the legal assistance is needed in the U.S. You can view pro bono case opportunities at any time on our website, which is updated daily.

Guidance to Military and Pro Bono Attorneys

Through the Military Pro Bono Project, you may also elect to participate in Operation Stand-By. Operation Stand-By allows you to offer to be on "stand-by" to provide attorney-to-attorney advice to military attorneys and other pro bono attorneys, so they can further assist their servicemember and veteran clients. 

Join by logging onto our website and updating your profile by clicking on “Join Operation Stand-By” and selecting your area(s) of expertise. 


ABA Free Legal Answers for Veterans

Are you accredited with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? Do you want to help veterans? If so, ABA Free Legal Answers for Veterans is a great pro bono opportunity for you!

Help veterans – along with eligible dependents and survivors – by answering questions about discharge upgrades, VA disability benefits, military retirement, and more on this virtual legal advice clinic. Attorneys who are licensed and in good standing in their state and are accredited with the VA may provide brief legal advice on the site without any formal representation.

Don’t have VA accreditation? Learn about the simple steps to apply.

For more information and to sign up with ABA Free Legal Answers, please visit

Please help us spread the news about this program to both attorneys and veterans!


News & Events

View the latest news and events about military and veterans’ issues and CLEs.


Update Your MPBP Account

Have you recently changed your email address or other contact information? Log in to your Military Pro Bono Project account at any time to ensure that your profile information is up-to-date. Visit "My Profile" at the very top of the page, and then click "Edit My Profile" to make any needed changes.



The Military Pro Bono Project is managed by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) as an ongoing initiative of the ABA Military and Veterans Legal Center. Learn more about LAMP.



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