The excitement surrounding the support of the ABA and the Conference of Chief Justices has turned into action on the ground. Rule changes are taking form across the country. MSJDN members are leading the efforts to educate state and local bar associations and have gained a groundswell of support from state bar leaders and leaders in the legal community.

L. Thomas Lunsford, Executive Director of the North Carolina Bar Association notes in his recent article in the North Carolina Bar Journal: “In my personal opinion, which is unofficial, as yet uninformed by opposing points of view, and not necessarily shared by the State Bar’s officers, the Joint Committee, the council, or the Board of Law Examiners, we ought to do whatever we reasonably can to accommodate these exceptionally deserving strangers, so long as the public is not imperiled. We owe it to them for their service. I think we owe it to them as our honored guests. And we owe it to our profession, which would be honored to accommodate the displaced warrior and her family.”

David Ehrhart, Brig Gen USAF (Ret), Chair, ABA Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP), has stated, “LAMP is proud to have played a role in supporting this important resolution, and we look forward to not only continuing to work with the Commission on Women in the Profession and the Military Spouse JD Network to move this particular cause forward from the ABA and out to the states, but also on other policy matters where we can actively support the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families.” See http://www.americanbar.org/newsletter/publications/dialogue_home/dialogue_archive/ls_dial_sp12_lamp2.html

Our membership continues to grow as well. We now have over 500 active duty military spouse attorneys as members of MSJDN. The number continues to grow everyday as word of MSJDN spreads. We are proud of the work we are doing and proud to support our fellow military spouses and colleagues