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The Lawyers Military Defense Committee (LMDC) was a non-profit legal organization founded in 1970<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}; Massachusetts Secretary of State file #000012927.</ref> by a group concerned that military members serving in Vietnam were unable to exercise their right to civilian counsel in courts-martial.<ref name="War Bird's Forum">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> LMDC existed for six years (1970–76) – two years in the combat zone of Vietnam, and for four years amidst disciplinary clashes inside US military forces in West Germany (with additional military cases in the Philippines and Italy). During this period high caliber civilian representation and counseling by a cohort of young attorneys were provided free of charge country-wide, in often challenging and controversial cases for hundreds of service members, including scores of trial and post-trial proceedings. Initial logistical obstacles in Vietnam were ultimately resolved satisfactorily, so that communications with clients (and prospective clients), other counsel, and the court could be accomplished pursuant to newly issued U.S. Army regulations, as were needs for access to military transport, billeting, and research facilities. In almost every instance representation by LMDC lawyers was welcomed by assigned military counsel. LMDC’s operations in a war zone were unique. No undertaking of its kind has appeared in subsequent US conflicts.


Lawyers Military Defense Committee sections
Intro   Founding    Funding    History    Army spying on LMDC   References  

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The Lawyers Military Defense Committee (LMDC) was a non-profit legal organization founded in 1970<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}; Massachusetts Secretary of State file #000012927.</ref> by a group concerned that military members serving in Vietnam were unable to exercise their right to civilian counsel in courts-martial.<ref name="War Bird's Forum">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> LMDC existed for six years (1970–76) – two years in the combat zone of Vietnam, and for four years amidst disciplinary clashes inside US military forces in West Germany (with additional military cases in the Philippines and Italy). During this period high caliber civilian representation and counseling by a cohort of young attorneys were provided free of charge country-wide, in often challenging and controversial cases for hundreds of service members, including scores of trial and post-trial proceedings. Initial logistical obstacles in Vietnam were ultimately resolved satisfactorily, so that communications with clients (and prospective clients), other counsel, and the court could be accomplished pursuant to newly issued U.S. Army regulations, as were needs for access to military transport, billeting, and research facilities. In almost every instance representation by LMDC lawyers was welcomed by assigned military counsel. LMDC’s operations in a war zone were unique. No undertaking of its kind has appeared in subsequent US conflicts.


Lawyers Military Defense Committee sections
Intro   Founding    Funding    History    Army spying on LMDC   References  

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