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Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Pro Bono Activities

Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel - Operation Enduring LAMP

Chairs: David C. Hague


Jane Nosbisch

312 988-5754


541 N. Fairbanks Court Chicago IL 60611

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/helpreservists/home.html


Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., active duty military personnel were deployed, and reservists and National Guard were called to active duty. At the request of the Armed Forces, the LAMP Committee developed a method for coordinating the activities of the bar association pro bono efforts that were being offered to assist in the mobilization efforts with the legal assistance military personnel who were charged with providing legal assistance to these service members. The LAMP Committee adopted the following mission statement for this effort:

Identify and organize civilian attorneys who desire to provide pro bono legal assistance to active duty personnel and reservists who are recalled to active duty and their families. Facilitate provision of pro bono legal services: prior to mobilization and during active duty service, upon return to civilian life after completion of active duty service, and to the immediate family members of service members during periods of active service. Promote and organize civilian practitioners as a consultation resource for military personnel charged with providing services to these individuals. Educate civilian attorneys and paralegals in military-specific legal issues such as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act of 1994 (USERRA) , Servicemen's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and military survivor benefits. Coordinate all activity with the Military Departments, U.S. Coast Guard, and Department of Defense.

The Committee established a website at www.abanet.org/legalservices/helpreservists/home.html that provides a central coordinating point for listing of bar association volunteer resources and educational information. Additionally, a three-hour CLE package focusing on issues relating to SSCRA, USERRA, and SGLI and survivor benefits was made available in both video and audio formats to pro bono volunteers assisting military members being mobilized. A pamphlet on reservists' rights under SSCRA and USERRA was distributed in coordination with the Reserve Officer Association. The December edition of the ABA Journal featured articles on the three key areas of law and the Journal also conducted a one-hour CLE training on these topics that was free to ABA members.

Volunteers and Cases:

Forty states (fifty bar associations) are represented in the consortium of state and local bar associations that have organized pro bono volunteers for Operation Enduring LAMP.

Updated: 12/14/2006

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