Interested in volunteering? Check out the committees and descriptions below for our ongoing volunteer needs; also check out our “Volunteer with MSJDN” tag on our blog for more opportunities, both inside and out of the Network. We are an all-volunteer organization and could not exist without the support of our wonderful members.

Communications Committee. Rebecca Bartlett (, Chair. The Communications Team is responsible for publicizing MSJDN news and events through media outreach, keeping members informed via email and social media, and providing assistance with written content as requested by the Board and other committees. Permanent volunteer needs include article and blog submissions, social media management, and publicity outreach.

Events Committee. Michelle Richart (, Chair. The Events Committee is responsible for supporting events for MSJDN members, including the Annual Reception, Making the Right Moves, Founders’ Day meet ups, and other networking and social gatherings. Volunteers are needed to help with planning and publicizing local and national events.

Finance Committee. Sara Morgan (, Chair. The Finance Committee works with the Governance Director on IRS filings; manages MSJDN’s financial accounts; presents the annual budget; acts as the liaison to MSJDN’s outside accounting firm. Volunteers are needed to help research grants, assist in grant writing, and support the organization’s financial operations.

Claire GibsonGovernance Committee. S. Claire Gibson (, Secretary. The Governance Committee, overseen by the MSJDN Secretary, is responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the Board of Directors and effectively promote the mission and goals of MSJDN. Committee volunteers work to develop recommendations to the Board on collaborative programming, long-range planning, and updates to MSJDN’s founding and governing documents.

Homefront to Hired Committee. Mariya Volzhskaya (, Chair. The Homefront to Hired Initiative works to identify and partner with firms, companies, and other employers committed to hiring military spouse attorneys to match MSJDN members with job opportunities.  Volunteers are needed to help with outreach, job fairs, and much more.

Membership Committee. Maureen Lavery (, Chair. The Membership Committee supports member-centered programs and does membership outreach and development, including overseeing the dues process and welcoming new members. Volunteers manage the awards, mentoring, and webinar programs, oversee the annual survey, and much more.

Pro Bono Committee. Megan Kelley (, Chair. The Pro Bono Committee develops volunteer projects and promotes pro bono assistance for military families as well as volunteer opportunities for military spouse attorneys. They work to promote the development of the Justice for Military Families pro bono program, including the partnership with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Volunteers are needed to work with intake, placement, and other special projects.

State Licensing. Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero (, Chair. MSJDN’s state licensing initiative is run by a committee of state directors working with teams of volunteers to implement strategic state licensing initiatives on a state-by-state basis. There is a need for State Directors in several jurisdictions. In addition, volunteers are needed to support State Directors around the country on MSJDN’s state-level initiatives.

Federal Government Hiring Committee. Lyndsay Lujan (, Chair. MSJDN’s federal government hiring committee is committed to educating our members about the federal government hiring process and working in the federal government.  The Committee hopes to have all branches of the Armed Services commit to a hiring process that prioritizes military spouse attorney hiring. Committee volunteers help members navigate the federal hiring process and educate others on the importance of hiring military spouse attorneys.