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Effective May 31, 2015
For the time being, ROA will not be providing service members legal information nor operating the Service Member Law Center.  ROA recognizes the need for this information and will continue to provide from its website archived legal reviews, which continue to be of value. From time to time, ROA may issue new reviews. For inquiries please contact Jeffrey Phillips at .

Please note that contact information provided within archived Law Reviews will not be valid after 31 May 2015

In today's national security environment, the Nation relies heavily upon the Reserve and Guard. With that reliance on our Citizen Warriors comes a greater need for our service members in the Reserve Components and their employer's to be aware of and better understand the basic laws that apply to both of them. Each has duties and responsibilities. It is the goal of the Service Members Law Center to provide up-to-date and comprehensive information on the laws governing the service member/employer relationship to all who have a need. The Center does not accept clients nor does it engage in the practice of law. It does try to point those with inquiries to the applicable laws and to assist attorneys, bar associations, and law schools in obtaining information.

Law Reviews
CAPT Sam Wright, USN (Ret.), has authored and co-authored over 500 law reviews on areas of law affecting citizen warriors. The Law Reviews are organized chronologically and by subject index.

State Laws
As a service to all serving Citizen Warriors, the Service Members Law Center has compiled
individual states' laws concerning military leave for public employees.

Five Things to Know About USERRA
Unemployment among members of the Reserve Components is 150% of the national average. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is a federal law that gives Reservists and Guardsmen the right to return to their preservice job after deployment. CAPT Samuel Wright, USN (Ret.), simplifies this complex law in this short video. 

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The Service Members Law Center was established by ROA in 2009 to provide free legal information on laws relevant to reservists. The Law Center does not accept clients nor does it engage in the practice of law. Visit the ROA web site for information on other ways ROA supports Reservists and their families.