Veterans' Affairs and Military Law

CHAIR:

NEWS & EVENTS

Hon C Philip Nichols Jr
Circuit Court for Prince George's Co
14735 Main St
Ste 144M
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3051
P: (301) 952-3907
F: (301) 952-5837
c.philip.nichols@gmail.com

Monroe County Veteran's Court Provides Second Chance

July 9, 2014 Meeting Minutes

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

March 28, 2013 Draft Meeting Minutes


 

Veterans' Affairs and Military Law Resource Portal

Veterans Court Initiatives
VA Veteran Justice Outreach Initiative
National Clearinghouse For Veterans Treatment Courts
New York - Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
Sec. Shinseki's remarks re Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
Pro Bono Goes High-Tech, and Homeless Veterans Benefit
Legal Assistance to Service Mebers and Veterans
ABA Law Student Division National Veterans Initiative

Military Justice Systems Throughout the World
Research for the General Counsel of the Department of Defense - July 10, 2014

The Secretary of Defense directed the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (the General Counsel) to conduct a comprehensive review of the military justice system. To carry out the review, the General Counsel established the Military Justice Review Group (MJRG). The MJRG’s review is focused on the structure and operation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM). The General Counsel invites members of the public to suggest areas for review by the MJRG as well as specific proposals to amend the UCMJ and the MCM.
The Veteran’s Affairs and Military Law Section conducted research and provided the MJRG with comparative information of various justice systems throughout the world in order to aid their review. Please click on the link to view the compilation submitted by the Section.


2012/2013 ANNUAL REPORT:

This Section 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 Section meeting, consequently launching a robust veterans lawyer referral program as a result. The Section 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 Section is in constant contact with veterans groups, pro bono projects, and other interested individuals, Sections, and government agencies involved in military and veterans affairs with a focus on serving the Maryland veteran and military community.


Mission Statement

“The Section 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 Section

The Veterans' Affairs and Military Law Section 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 Section 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 Section can focus it attention.

Given the variety of issues that the Military Law Section 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.