Michael Archer

US Marine Judge Advocate

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US Marine Judge Advocate


Michael S. Archer is the Director of Legal Assistance for Marine Corps Installations East, which is generally comprised of Marine Corps installations in the southeastern United States. His duties include supervision of military legal assistance attorneys, maintaining a preventative law and education program, and providing advice to eligible clients concerning civil matters, including family law issues.   He served 20 years as a Marine Corps judge advocate, retiring from active duty February 2003. While on active duty, he was assigned to various stateside and overseas positons, including chief of legal assistance in Okinawa, Japan; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Yuma, Arizona.  He has written numerous articles concerning military consumer and family law issues and is a frequent speaker on these topics. He has appeared before the U.S. Congress and, on multiple occasions, before the North Carolina General Assembly concerning military issues. He has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar standing committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (NC LAMP) since 1995.  Mr. Archer is the recipient of both the NC State Bar and the American Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. He is the author of “Ripped Off: A Servicemember’s Guide to Common Scams, Frauds, and Bad Deals,” published in 2014 by the American Bar Association.


Unless otherwise specifically indicated, the opinions and views expressed by Mr. Archer are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Department of Defense or any subdivision thereof.    



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