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Military Law Newsletter - Spring 2011

Military Law News

In this issue:

Message from the Chair
Parole in Place
Duties of the Guardian Ad Litem when Representing a Servicemember (.pdf)
Rebutting and Appealing Security Clearance Denials

Editor, Cpt. Timothy Redmond, Esq.

Military Law Section Chair’s Column

On behalf of the Military Law Section Board of Governors, welcome to the latest edition of Military Law News! In this issue you will find compelling pieces on deportation relief for family members of service men and women, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) guardian ad litem process in Virginia, and challenging Government denials of security clearances.

Over the past year, the Section has been busy. The Board of Governors holds quarterly meetings, in addition to our annual membership and business meeting at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach and our annual section CLE seminar in May. The annual CLE is put on at no charge to participants, and consists of a half-day of timely presentations on topics of significance to any attorney with an interest in military law. In recent years, Marine Corps Base Quantico has generously allowed us to use their top-notch facilities. In May of this year, the course included presentations by Chris Dunne and Dwain Alexander on the SCRA developments, by Ned Davis on legal ethics associated with social networking media, and by Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraz on dealing with the media in high profile military justice cases.

As a small “but proud” section of the Virginia State Bar, we are always looking to increase our membership. If you are reading this and are not a member, we ask that you consider joining us. Our dues are quite modest at $20.00 per year. If you are already a member, please let other military law practitioners around you know of our existence and extend our invitation to them as well.

Please contact me at or 757.903.2665.
Matt Smith
Immediate Past Chair
(2010-2011), Board of Governors

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