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Pro Bono Representation

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Summary

States can assist the military community by establishing programs that coordinate pro bono legal representation for service members and their families in court.

Key Message

Service members and their families have access to military legal assistance attorneys to receive advice and assistance. However, they must generally obtain their own counsel to represent them in court. State governments can assist by coordinating pro bono legal programs that can connect service members and their families with qualified attorneys.

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Service members and their families have access to military attorneys for legal advice, but they must generally pay for a lawyer to represent them in court. Sixty percent of active-duty service members are in lower pay grades, so many of them can't afford a lawyer. States are encouraged to establish programs to connect service members with attorneys providing pro bono representation.