The Military Spouse JD Network Foundation, MSJDNF, is the charitable education and service foundation of the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN). In 2014, MSJDNF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was created to develop military spouse attorneys as professionals, teach them effective advocacy skills, and provide them with opportunities to use those skills to address the legal needs of the military and veterans communities. MSJDNF is exclusively funded by charitable donations and provides monetary assistance for educational events, advocacy for state by state reciprocal licensing initiatives for military spouses, and networking opportunities for military spouses such as MSJDN’s signature event, Making the Right Moves.
Justice for Military Families (JMF): JMF provides free legal assistance to Gold Star families through our partnership with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network and other similar organizations to assist in finding pro bono or low bono legal advice and/or representation for the Gold Star family members. We also accept requests for assistance directly from Gold Star families. JMF provides volunteer opportunities for Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) members to assist Gold Star families by providing free legal help or connections to pro bono and/or low bono attorneys and legal resources.
Grandparent’s Visitation Rights Guide: MSJDNF published a Grandparent’s Visitation Rights Guide that provides information about the legal rights of grandparents to visitation with their grandchildren. MSJDNF is scheduled to release a 50 State Domestic Violence Guide and MilSpouse Club Guide in Fall 2020.
Making the Right Moves: Making the Right Moves is the annual professional development conference organized the Military Spouse JD Network Foundation and is one of the Foundation’s seminal events. Held every year since 2013, Making the Right Moves brings together military spouse attorneys from across the world, and at all stages of their career, for career-broadening programing and networking. Making the Right Moves is specifically tailored to the unique challenges that the military lifestyle brings when it intersects with simultaneously maintaining a meaningful and robust legal career.
Homefront Rising: Homefront Rising is a non-partisan initiative that encourages and trains military spouses to speak up and get involved in the political process through advocacy and public service. At the heart of the mission is the desire to empower members of the military community to make positive change for military families. We have become adept at calling on Congress and our elected officials to demand that they meet the needs of those who serve. But we also need members of our own community among the elected officials making decisions that affect it. It is time for the homefront to rise! It will no longer just be “call your representative” – military spouses will be the representatives! Homefront Rising wants to help empower military spouses to take the skills learned from supporting the homefront to Capitol Hill, city hall, and state houses across this country.