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A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Military Law Newsletter - Spring 2014

Military Law News

In this issue:

Message from the Chair

Section members,

It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the Military Law Section Board of Governors this year.  Over the last twelve months we had an aggressive agenda and accomplished quite a bit. My goal as chair was to make the section more accessible and responsive to its members and the Bar. 

We reviewed our mission and by-laws and worked to do more for you and the Bar to support military law issues.  This year we will vote on the amendments to the by-laws that will allow the Board of Governors to operate more efficiently and effectively. 

We scheduled out the year of meetings so that you and the Board members could anticipate, plan and engage with fewer conflicts from our other duties.

We held a CLE in Williamsburg to bring the CLE benefit to a portion of the state that was not previously supported.  The CLE provided important current information on civil law topics in consumer and family law.  As in the past the CLE included one hour of ethics and was free to members.

We sent out e-blasts in support of the military spouses JD network and held discussions with members on ways we could assist military spouses who were licensed attorneys to maintain their professional edge and serve as a resource for Virginia attorneys.  As you are aware the Supreme Court of Virginia recently issued a new rule authorizing provisional practice by military spouses.

We sought to expand the relationship between the military bar, state bar and law students by hosting events we called Pizza with JAGs.  The events were held at law schools and military bases around the state.  These events provided law students interested in practicing in the military an opportunity to interact with active, reserve and retired members of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Military attorneys could identify law students to mentor and discuss life after the JAG with former judge advocates.  We also introduced the military law section as a resource for information and guidance to the military and law students.

We developed a military legal service award to recognize lawyers and law firms that provide support to the military and servicemember in meeting legal issues.  This award seeks to highlight the best practices of pro bono support for the military and also those who serve as information resources and mentors for the military attorneys who are the front line of military justice and legal assistance. 

Last we took on the task of remodeling the web page.  This task is not complete however when finished it will more closely resemble our fellow sections and offer additional resources to Section members and servicemembers.  We have added links to resources for military legal assistance and other support organizations and agencies that can assist servicemembers with legal issues.  We drafted handouts on topics relevant and important to servicemembers to provide them with immediate access to needed information.  And we made our past and present articles more accessible to our members.

As we close out the year, I ask you to invite your friends to join our Section.  Your and their interaction will provide the Board guidance on relevant missions and financial support from the dues to assist us in providing more resources to our members and assisting servicemembers.

Thank you for a Great Year

Dwain Alexander, II
Chairman, Virginia State Bar Military Law Section