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A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Military Law Newsletter - Spring 2013

Military Law News

In this issue:

Message from the Chair

The Military Law Section is one of the relatively few entities in the bar that defines itself by its clients as opposed to its subject matter.  While there are legal topics that are unique to the military, we consider any issue that may affect Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and their families within our purview.

The breadth of the subject matters we cover is demonstrated by the CLEs we sponsor.  In November, we provided instruction on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Security Clearance Adjudications and Veterans Law.  Our next CLE, which is scheduled for May 31, addresses Federal Torts Claim Act requirements, defending urinalysis cases, the top 10 things new civilian counsel need to be aware of when practicing in Military Courts, and recent ethics developments.  We welcome feedback from the field on topics that affect our client base.  Please reach out to us with other topics that you think are currently important to your military clients and we would be glad to add them to our CLE presentations (particularly if you are willing to teach).  Our CLEs are free for all military and section members, so please strongly consider attending.  The registration form may be found at:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my admiration and appreciation to the members of the Board of Governors and our liaison, Dolly Shaffner, for all of your hard work this year.  Your creativity and dedication have allowed us to increase both our membership and our standing within Virginia’s legal community.  The future of our section is in outstanding hands.