American Bar Association
Military Lawyers Committee

Military Lawyers Committee

Message From The Chair

Welcome members of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division As Chair of the Military Lawyers Committee, it is my pleasure to work with all of you.

The Committee will continue to have meetings at the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings as well as our Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon. The Committee also plays an important role in bringing military legal issues and perspectives to the attention of the Division and the ABA, and, at the same time, informing the military community about the Division and the ABA. We coordinate closely with LAMP (Legal Assistance to Military Personnel) and are part of the Military Lawyers Coordinating Committee.

I look forward to working with you and the legal profession with insights into the practice of the committee.

All the best!

John Altenburg, Jr.
Chair, Military Lawyers Committee

About Us

The committee is responsible for encouraging participation in the Division by military lawyers, serving as the voice of the military lawyer within the Division, and coordinating communication between the Division and the military. The Committee monitors developments in the area of military law and educates the Division about those issues.

Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day, I fluttered in the breeze. A Young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom isn’t free. I heard the sound of Taps one night, When everything was still, I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant “Amen,” When a flag had draped a coffin. Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn’t free. Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops!

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Altenburg, John

Committee Roster  

Discussion List

As a member of the Military Lawyers Committee you may contact committee members via the discussion list: GP-MILITARYLAW@MAIL.AMERICANBAR.ORG.

Sites of Interest

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Integrating Supported Decision Making into Advance Care Planning


    Supported decision-making is a person-centered planning process and a person-driven decision-making process that protects the fundamental human and Constitutional rights of the Person by always including the Person in the decision-making project. This session will explore integrating SDM principles ...

    Custody & Visitation Cases with Military Parents


    Custody & Visitation Cases with Military Parents

    Developing and Presenting Powerful Demonstratives at Mediation, Arbitration, and Trial


    The event will be held on 07/27/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Criminal Justice Section,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Section of Family Law,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Section of Litigation,Division for Public Services. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Modified by Stephen Falvo on June 7, 2017

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