Volunteer Attorney Newsletter
Two ways to volunteer with the ABA 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.
Airman Granted Full Custody of Siblings After Learning of Parents’ Abuse
An Air Force servicemember was stationed overseas when she learned that her minor siblings had been placed into foster care. Her siblings had unfortunately been the victims of over 40 counts of child abuse and sex crimes at the hands of their parents. The Airman immediately visited her local military legal assistance office to get help and learn more about her options to seek guardianship over her sisters to get them out of the foster care system as quickly as possible.
The Airman’s military attorney referred her case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which placed her case with an attorney in the state where her siblings lived. The attorney worked diligently and was successful in ensuring that the parents were stripped of all custody and rights to the children, and the Airman now has full legal and physical custody of her siblings.
Read additional case stories on our blog to see how our volunteers are helping military families.
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 for veterans, please visit ABAFederal.FreeLegalAnswers.org.
Please help us spread the news about this program to both attorneys and veterans!
Supporting the ABA Military Pro Bono Project
Consider making a donation to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project to show your support.
Special thanks to our current Star Ranking Supporters.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Awards
The Project's success depends on its volunteers. Thank you to all the attorneys and pro bono coordinators who have registered with the Project and have accepted pro bono cases on behalf of our servicemembers!
Special thanks to the recipients of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award—from the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP)—for their extraordinary pro bono services through the Project. View the 2021 recipients.
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.