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Check Out Our New and Improved Military Law Pages

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By Mark Wilson, Esq. on May 05, 2015 1:52 PM

Notice anything different about FindLaw's Learn About the Law pages? As part of a never ending effort to improve and update LATL, the Military Law section just completed a shiny new update in order to revise and expand topics like military criminal law, employment rights, and benefits.

So what's changed in this LATL section? Let's find out.

A Particular Set of Skills

FindLaw's Military Law section went live in 2013 after we realized that the military audience has a particular set of needs that were as-yet unaddressed in other LATL sections. Where would you go to learn about the court martial process? Or how about special monthly compensation to disabled veterans? Existing sections couldn't offer much help there.

To that end, FindLaw created the Military Law practice area, including helpful information not only about the black-letter law of the military, but also how civilian and military law interact. (For example, what if you get a DUI on a military base?)

But the writers who contributed to Military Law "didn't really have much of a background in military law," said Corey Licht, Team Lead, Core Content. "We thought it would be a good idea to have someone with a little more experience evaluate the section and recommend any changes."

Professional Help

To that end, the Core Content team enlisted the expertise of an actual JAG officer in the U.S. Army Reserve with an extensive knowledge of military law and how it interacts with civilian law. Our writer conducted a review of every Military Law LATL page, evaluating for clarity, correctness, and depth. The changes to this relatively new practice area speak to our desire to focus LATL sections on our audience. Most of us at FindLaw are civilians. We know how to talk to them, but the military law section required a little finesse in order to speak the military's language. That's where our JAG officer helped.

He didn't just revise; he also filled in the gaps. You don't know what you don't know, and a JAG officer would know which useful topics were missing from our practice area. To that end, we are developing new article topics, like:

  • Double Jeopardy and the Military
  • Military Investigations
  • The Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • Ethical Obligations of Service Members

Having an great writer who just happened to be a member of the JAG Corps review our Military Law section improved the quality of our content. If you're in the military, or a veteran, you'll find the Military Law LATL pages even more useful than before. Even if you aren't in the military, you might want to browse around a little. You just might learn something.

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