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!

Join Us



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

    Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm - GPSolo Podcasts - Hot Off the Press Series


    Free for Solo, Small Firm and General Practice (GPSolo) Division and Co-Sponsor members as a member benefit. Hot Off the Press features a new book publication release. Recordings of past sessions are posted and archived after each session. The ABA is not seeking CLE credit for this

    Civil Disobedience 101: Adding the Defense to Your Practice


    The event will be held on 09/26/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Criminal Justice Section,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Center for Human Rights,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of State and Local Government Law,Division for Public Services,Pro Bono and Public Service,Young Lawyers Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    From Work, to the Pharmacy and Then Home: A Well-Being Approach to Depression and Anxiety


    The event will be held on 10/03/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice,Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs,Commission on Law and Aging,ABACLE,Center For Professional Responsibility,Commission On Disability Rights,Law Practice Division,Pro Bono & Public Service Interest Group,Section of Family Law,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of State and Local Government Law,Senior Lawyers Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Modified by Stephen Falvo on June 7, 2017

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