Undead_Ed wrote:I asked Air Force what the policy was on pro bono work. I was told you are not allowed to represent clients outside the military. (Opinion: I think that the military services have a blanket prohibition in their ethical rules.) You can actually take a second job, provided it has NOTHING to do with practicing law--go be a Walmart greeter or something.
That makes sense, actually. JAGs can't even advise service members on purely civil matters (i.e. divorce) so I'd imagine they would want to maintain that separation by prohibiting pro bono work. While in the military, you are practicing military law and nothing more.
I'm not sure about the other services but I know that the Army technically allows for active duty members to take second jobs. However, permission must be obtained from the commander. The only time I've heard of a commander approving something like this was for one of our officers to teach a class through the Ed Center on post...something very limited in hours.
I'm still hoping that someone can state whether JAGs can attend/participate in local bar events and activities...mainly for networking purposes.
I'm also a bit curious to know if JAGs are subjected to the same sort of officer politics that line officers are like mandatory evening events/dinners/ect.