Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, October 19, 2009

Military Pro Bono Project

The Military Pro Bono Project  is looking for our assistance to provide pro bono representation to service members in family law matters.  The Project helps those who are sacrificing greatly for their country by moving pro bono referrals straight from military law offices to willing-and-able private sector lawyer volunteers throughout the country.  Extended American military missions overseas have generated unprecedented civil-law challenges for service members, many of whom have left family, home, and job for years at a time to serve their country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations.

There are resources available to you on line to provide assistance in your representation of the military personnel.  There is also  no continuing obligation once you provide the agreed upon representation.  You can also call for more information and then decide not to take the case.  Cases currently in need of pro bono assistance are available on the Project's website,
All the cases are screened by a supervising military attorney and then by Jason Vail, Project Director, Military Pro Bono Project the head of the Military Project with the ABA.  You may contact Jason directly at  312.988.5783 or

Thank you,

Catherine Moreau and Charla Stevens
Co-Chairs, Family Law Litigation Committee


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I imagine the need for a variety of services is substantial and encourage people to give their time to this program. I suggest that family law attorneys volunteer. In my practice I often review separation agreements for military families that were prepared without the benefit of review by an attorney licensed to practice law in the couples' state of residence. These agreements involve increasingly complex legal issues and anyone who can give their time to help could prevent the need for costly litigation in the future. A state-specific analysis really is critical in these cases.

Posted by: Sonja | Oct 19, 2009 10:55:52 AM

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