Maj. Claude Hawkins
CAP Legal Officers are
appointed at the various levels, beginning at the
squadron level. CAPR 111-1(E) sets forth the
qualifications and duties of a CAP Legal Officer. Civil
Air Patrol is the corporate client of all CAP Legal
Officers. While Legal Officers may advise and educate
CAP members in the various legal aspects of serving in
Civil Air Patrol, CAP Legal Officers do not represent
the individual members.
Responsibilities of a CAP legal
officer include, but are not limited to:
(1) Rendering legal advice and
opinions regarding CAP activities.
(2) Assisting the unit safety
officer in conducting safety investigations.
(3) Investigating complaints
under the direction of the unit commander in accordance
with CAPR 123-2.
(4) Conducting legal reviews of
adverse personnel actions including proposed membership
non-renewals and terminations prior to wing (or region)
commander action. Also responsible for reviewing letters
of notification to members concerned.
(5) Serving as CAP
representative at termination appeals hearings
(6) Serving on unit membership
board as directed by the unit commander.
(7) Advising the unit commander
on legal implications of CAP programs and activities to
include interpretation of laws, regulations, and
directives; contracts or agreements; claims; insurance;
real estate; taxation; investigations; corporate
records; fund raising; and relations with local
(8) Monitoring compliance with
CAP Constitution and Bylaws and CAP directives.
Professional appointments and
promotions of legal officers are covered by CAPR 35-5(E).
The Wing Legal Officer is required to review all
appointments and promotions of legal officers under CAPR
35-5(E) to insure compliance.
In addition to the Wing Legal
officer, the Arkansas Wing also includes the following
Arthur R. Formanek,
Ector R. Johnson, Mountain
Reba M. Wingfield, Little Rock,
If your squadron has an
attorney who is willing to serve as a legal officer,
please contact the Wing Legal Officer.