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

Military Legal Assistance Program

The NJSBA, through its Military Law and Veterans' Affairs Committee, in conjunction with McCarter & English, L.L.P. has established the Military Legal Assistance Program. This pro bono program provides assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas as active duty members of reserve components of the armed forces after September 11, 2001.

Download the Military Legal Assistance Application

Complete the Military Legal Assistance Volunteer Pledge


A Call to Service – video created to educate returning reservists about their legal rights and the NJSBA Military Legal Assistance Program



Governor Jon S. Corzine issued a proclamation on April 25, 2009, honoring the members of the NJSBA Military Law and Veterans’ Affairs Section and the men and women serving as attorney volunteers in our Military Legal Assistance Program which has helped to provide legal assistance to servicepersons since September, 2006.


Click here for the Remarks of New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto at the April 5, 2008 NJSBA/ICLE Military Law Symposium.

Click here to read Offering Military Legal Assistance to the New Jersey Reservist: The State Bar Association’s Response by William S. Greenberg
Reprinted with permission from the June 2007/No. 246 New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

"The Veterans Roundtable"
WCTC Radio 1450 AM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Military Legal Assistance

Host Carl J. Asszony with NJSBA Member and McCarter & English partner, Retired Brigadier General William Greenberg, Esq.

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Part 2

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As many as 3,000 New Jersey residents serving in the armed forces reserves have been deployed overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan. These individuals are now in the process of returning to New Jersey. Many of them will be or have been adversely affected by reason of their status, change of status, or long deployment. Therefore, there is an anticipated need for legal assistance for these military personnel in civil matters.


The Military Legal Assistance Program has been created to assist such military personnel with their legal needs. The Program offers assistance in four areas:

  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Debtor-Creditor Law
  • Military / Administrative Law

The Program will refer members of the military who contact the New Jersey State Bar Association to volunteers qualified to assist them with their specific legal issues. Volunteers who accept a case through the Program must agree to handle such case from inception to resolution, without compensation or reimbursement for expenses.The NJSBA is seeking volunteers to participate in the Program. Please volunteer to assist members of the reserve components of our armed forces with the Program by filling out a volunteer contact form and pledge.

For more information about the Program or to volunteer please contact:

Christina Pateman
Legal Affairs Associate
New Jersey State Bar Association
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-249-2815 (fax)
732-937-7514 (phone)

Jena Morrow

Legal and Government Affairs Paralegal

New Jersey State Bar Association

One Constitution Square

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

732-249-2815 (fax)

732-937-7512 (phone)

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