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Military Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Subcommittees

Newsletter

CLE

Outstanding Legal Service Award

Membership

Active Duty Relations

Newsletter

Co-Newsletter Editors
Mary Benzinger, Tony Williams



CLE

Leah Copeland, David Price

The Military Law Section conducts continuing legal education programs, and other activities to enhance the competence and skills of lawyers and improve their ability to deliver the highest quality of professional legal services.  Our programs focus on the overlay of military and civilian law providing an understanding of the impact of each on the practice of law.

October 18, 2013 – Working with Military Clients

May 12, 2013 – Military Justice and Servicemember Legal Readiness



Outstanding Legal Service Award

Mike Murphy, Cynthia Norwood

This award program acknowledges and highlights exemplary achievement, sacrifice, or contribution in the provision of legal services by recognizing the efforts and acts of individuals and groups that provide extraordinary support for the legal mission of the United States military.   The award program will help build support for the military and push the development of best practices while highlighting legal service issues important to the success of the military.



Membership

Christy Smith, Dwain Alexander

The  Military Law Section is a good fit for attorneys whose practice  has a military emphasis, attorneys with clients opposing servicemembers or  the military, or attorneys seeking to add military representation to their practice.  The section is an opportunity for the Judiciary, Associate members and Law Students to support military issues and to learn about the nuances of military life and law and how they intersect with  civilian laws.

Categories of section membership:

  1. Active: Any Active or Associate member In Good Standing of the Virginia State Bar;
  2. Judicial: Any active or retired judges of the United States or the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  3. Associate: Any lawyer eligible to practice before the highest court of any state of the United States or the District of Columbia including all military officers certified under Article 27, Uniform Code of Military Justice; or
  4. Law Student: Any full-time law student enrolled in a law school in any state of the United States or the District of Columbia
     


Active Duty Relations

Leah Copeland, Christopher Dunne, Dwain Alexander,  Christi Smith


The Military Law Section seeks to foster unity between Armed Forces Attorneys and the members of the State Bar by providing opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas on the current status and inter-relationship between military and civilian laws and their impact on the practice of law for attorneys, clients, and the public at large.  

The Active Duty Relations sub committee executes this mission by:

  1. Conducting CLEs that are open to the military and civilian bar with an emphasis on the impact of the overlap of military and civilian laws;
  2. Hosting opportunities for military and civilian attorneys to meet and exchange ideas; and
  3. Providing mentoring  opportunities for military and civilian attorneys.