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Legal Assistance Office

Camp Foster

MCB Camp Smedley D. Butler

1. ABOUT US:

A. Mission: To foster the operational readiness of the armed forces through the provision of legal assistance services to eligible clients and customers in the Pacific Region through private attorney consultations regarding personal civil legal affairs and presentation of preventative law/pre-marital/pre-deployment/estate planning briefs to units of III MEF and MCIPAC.

 

B. Eligibility: Services are provided to active duty military (all branches), military dependents, military retirees, DoD civilian employees (only while on overseas assignment). *Contractors are NOT eligible for services unless the contractor’s contract states he/she rates legal services.*

 

C. Location: Building 5717 Camp Foster, down the hill from the Naval Hospital above the pool.

 

D. Phone: DSN: 645-1037 (For off-base cell phones call 098-970-1037 or 098-970-5555 and then “0”  for the operator).

 

E. Hours:

          

         Office Hours:

         Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 0800 – 1100; 1300 – 1600

         Tuesday and Thursday: 0800 – 1100

         ***Notary services are provided during office hours, and during walk-in hours subject to availability.***


         Walk-In Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1300-1530

 

2. HOW TO BECOME A CLIENT:OF A LEGAL ASSISTANCE ATTORNEY ON CAMP FOSTER 

 

A. You must be eligible (see section 1B).

 

B. Your issue must fall within the scope of the Legal Assistance Office. See right column on this page under "Downloadable Docs. - Legal Services Provided & Not Provided".

 

C. Walk-Ins:

    i. If you meet the above requirements, come to our Walk-In Hours.

    ii. Walk-In hours are mainly reserved  for new clients
    *Existing clients of the office may contact the office to schedule a follow-up appointment during regular business hours.*

    iii. Clients are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

    iv. Walk-In Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1300 - 1530
    *We recommend showing up early. Due to the high volume of cases, you may be turned away..*

Supported Installations/Locations:  The Camp Foster Legal Assistance Office serves as the central office for the Pacific Region so it provides assistance not only for personnel located at Okinawa, Japan but at remote installations in the Pacific as well such as Camp Fuji, Camp Mujuk, or service members deployed to Australia or SE Asia.  Legal Services Support Section-Pacific also operates a Legal Assistance Office at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan                


3. CONFIDENTIALITY:  The Legal Assistance Attorneys form attorney-client relationships (ACRs), and all communications are fully covered by attorney-client privilege and will not be disclosed except as a result of express or implied consent from the client to effectively represent his/her interest, or as otherwise allowed under the rules of professional conduct.  See JAGINST 5803.1D.  Therefore, commands cannot compel a legal assistance attorney to disclose privileged information, and the Legal Assistance Office will not disclose the presence or relationship of any client except per client consent.

4. HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER PARALEGAL OR VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY AT THE LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE LOCATED ON CAMP FOSTER:

A. For attorneys, you must already be admitted to practice law in the highest court
of any state in the United States and have a recent letter of good standing.

B. For paralegals, you will be trained at the Legal Assistance Office, Camp Foster.

C. Please visit our office for further information on what volunteering and the approval process entail. 
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