New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/25/08
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The Military Legal Assistance Program is looking for lawyers who want to help

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

The Military Legal Assistance Program is looking for lawyers who want to help.

To participate, attorneys must be in good standing and agree to forego all fees and reimbursements.

Lawyers must register and provide information about the types of cases they can handle. Among the issues facing soldiers are: credit problems; matrimonial and family matters, and problems getting disability and other benefits. Program administrators match volunteer attorneys with members of the military who need legal help.

It is not necessary for volunteers to have experience in military law. Training is available.

Attorneys who have handled cases for the program report that the rewards of volunteering are plentiful.

“It is by far the best thing I’ve ever experienced as an attorney,” said Michael Pasquale, an associate at McCarter and English in Newark who has handled a handful of cases. “It’s very rewarding. It feels good.”

To sign up, contact D. Todd Sidor, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s director of judicial administration, at (732) 937-7544 or tsidor@njsba.com.

The New Jersey State Bar Association incorporated in 1899 is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system, to encouraging participation in voluntary pro bono activities and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the Association’s website at www.njsba.com.