Special Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Military Law

CHAIR:

NEWS & EVENTS

John H Price Jr
5229 6th St
Baltimore, MD 21225-3130
P: (410) 789-0510
F: (410) 789-1057
johnhpricejr@aol.com

Task Force on Military Service Members, Veterans, and the Courts Final Report 12/1/2013

March 28, 2013 Draft Meeting Minutes


INFORMATION ON PRO BONO REPRESENTATION FOR VETERANS IN VARIOUS COURTS:

The following websites provide links to a vast amount of veterans organizations and associations:


2012/2013 ANNUAL REPORT:

This Committee installed a full slate of officers and council members, and as of March 1, its membership has grown 70 percent, from 71 to 121. A partnership was established with the Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Maryland Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Edward Chow, Jr., spoke at a Committee meeting, consequently launching a robust veterans lawyer referral program as a result. The Committee collaborated with the newly established Task Force to study the concept of a Veterans’ Court; the Maryland General Assembly has asked for a report from the Task Force by December 1, 2013. The Committee is in constant contact with veterans groups, pro bono projects, and other interested individuals, committees, and government agencies involved in military and veterans affairs with a focus on serving the Maryland veteran and military community.


COMMITTEE UPDATES

UPCOMING – CRUCIAL MEETING OF TASK FORCE EXAMINING VETERANS COURT ISSUE

A task force established by the General Assembly is exploring the issue of establishing special problem solving courts to be known as “Veterans Courts.”  Our committee voted unanimously on March 28, 2013  to support the concept of establishing Veterans Courts in the State of Maryland.


Mission Statement

“The Committee provides a forum for the open exchange of military law and matters affecting veterans and the military community by building and establishing a network of uniformed and civilian professionals, providing educational and legal assistance opportunities, and recognizing those attorneys who have contributed significantly to this goal.”


Purpose of Committee

The Special Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Military Law will serve as a resource for attorneys and members of the military community who are facing issues pertaining to all aspects of military law.  With several active duty bases, a military academy, and over 10,000 Reserve and National Guard members, the Committee will strive to be a relevant and helpful resource to those interested in not only the substantive aspect of military law, but also those who want to help our service men and women, and their families.

Military law spans the legal spectrum, and includes military justice, the law of armed conflict, homeland security, environmental law, legal assistance, and contracts – to name but a few areas in which the committee can focus it attention.

Given the variety of issues that the Military Law Committee can engage, this years co-Chairs are concentrating on three fundamental areas: 1) Establishing a venue for discussing, exploring, and informing the Association on substantive military law issues; 2) Exploring the impact the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) will have on Maryland and how the legal community can assist; and 3) Providing legal assistance to veterans, military members, and their families.