Legal Resources

Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):
Congressional Code of Military Criminal Law applicable to all military members worldwide.

Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act:
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA) formerly known as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 (SSCRA) is a federal law that gives all military members important rights as they enter active duty. It covers such issues as rental agreements, security deposits, prepaid rent, eviction, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, mortgage interest rates, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, and income tax payments. It also provides many important protections to military members while on active duty.

Military Family Law Support: 
Provides support relating to clients in the military and their families, including procedural issues unique to the military, and custody and visitation, divorce, alimony/support, military pension division and Survivor Benefit Plan issues affecting military divorces.

Uniformed Services Former Spouse' Protection Act:
The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) was passed by Congress in 1982. The USFSPA gives a State court the authority to treat military retired pay as marital property and divide it between the spouses. Congress' passage of the USFSPA was prompted by the United States Supreme Court's decision in McCarty v. McCarty in 1981.

The Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003:
The Military Family Tax Relief Act of 2003 grants special tax relief to military personnel and their families.

Military Commissions with Legal References:
Information on military commissions, including official DoD documents, background information, news releases and legal references.

American Bar Association Military Law Committee of the General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm Division:
Get the latest on the key legal issues--student loan relief, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, reemployment rights of reservists, estate planning for the military, and survivor benefits--confronting reservists and their families now and in the future.

American Bar Association Standing Committee for Legal Assistance to Military Personnel:
Their mission is to help the military and the Department of Defense improve the effectiveness of legal assistance provided on civil matters to an estimated nine million military personnel and their dependents.

The Military Claims Act:
Federal law which provides for compensation for property loss, personal injury or death, incident to noncombat activities of Department of Army, Navy, or Air Force.

The Military Whistleblower Protection Act: 
The MWPA can be found in Title 10, United States Code, Section 1034 (10 U.S.C. 1034). The MWPA is implemented within the Department of Defense (DoD) by DoD Directive 7050.6 of 23 June 2000. Inspector General Departmental Guidance (IGDG) 7050.6 of 6 February 1996 sets forth the procedures to be followed in conducting MWPA investigations. This act protects members who report gross waste of funds or serious safety problems at a command, when they otherwise would fear reprisal for "blowing the whistle".