Napoleon). You’ve got 20 minutes with
each client. Ready, set, go. Feel prepared,
overwhelmed, or anxious? Finally, the
lack of ability for JAGs to concentrate on
certain practice areas creates challenges.
While most attorneys focus on a particular practice area, JAGs don’t have that
luxury or ability. We need to be knowledgeable in many different areas.
Initiatives such as Operation Stand-By, the Military Pro Bono Project, AILA
Military Assistance Program, and the
new WSBA Call to Duty Program are
vital in helping JAGs and our clients get
the answers they need. We are privileged
to serve and help the best clients in the
world. I have personally utilized the ABA
referral programs and contacted civilian
attorneys on behalf of clients with great
success. The single biggest obstacle is
finding attorneys willing to be contacted.
For example, of the 412 cases referred to
the Military Pro Bono Project in 2013,
only about 50 percent were placed with
an attorney. For the 53 Air Force referrals, this yielded over $300K in savings
for clients. The more resources and civilian attorneys willing to volunteer their
time, energy, and legal expertise, the better JAGs can be at helping our clients.
To you, it may simply mean 10 minutes of your valuable time. To our clients,
it may mean the world. Thank you to the
many of you who have already volunteered your time and energy. To the rest
of you, I join the WSBA in calling you to
duty. The men and women in uniform depend on you. NWL
in the Air
defense counsel at Eielson Air Force
Base, Alaska. The views expressed
in this article are solely that of the
author and do not necessarily repre-
sent the views of the Department of
Defense or its components. Captain
Boden can be reached at kmboden@
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