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Advocacy. Mentoring. Recruiting. Community Outreach.

As a group of active, reserve, former, and retired military and uniformed service employees, AFVets recognizes and appreciates the unique skills our members’ service adds to their perspective and welcomes that experience within the firm, in partnerships with our clients, and in our pro bono engagements. Arent Fox is proud to have members of this community among its ranks and looks forward to the contributions that AFVets will bring to the firm and our communities.

AFVets is led by CAPT Jacques Smith, JAGC, USNR (Ret.). A 30-year Navy veteran, Jacques has maintained a dual career with Arent Fox as a litigation partner and the Navy as a military judge and senior leader of the Reserve Navy JAG Corps for more than 24 years. Out of respect and appreciation for the firm’s support during this time, he co-founded AFVets with other active, reserve, former, and retired military and uniformed service employees.

AF Vets Benefits


Salary differential paid for staff & attorneys involuntarily recalled to active duty.

Creditable Hours

Creditable hours for staff & associates for reserve duty.


Consideration of experience credit for veterans in assessing seniority for new hires.


Using veteran-focused recruiters for open job positions.


Ensuring someone from AFVets is represented in the interviewing process for all veteran candidates.


Creating a mentorship program for new veteran hires.

Members of AFVets include reserve, former, and retired members of the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US National Guard, and US Coast Guard. At Arent Fox, AFVets include Partners, Associates, and professional staff.

Annual Diversity Scholarship

Each year, the BOS, DC, LA, NY, and SF offices award one second-year law student a $20,000 Diversity Scholarship and a salaried position in the Summer Program. The scholarship is paid in two installments: $10,000 during the second-year summer and another $10,000 payable when the student returns to Arent Fox as an associate after graduation.

Click here to find out more on how to apply.

AF Career Opportunities

We want you! At Arent Fox, we value Veterans’ unique experiences. Click here to see our open positions.


Contact Alison Bygrave, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

"I am honored to be at a law firm that values the contributions of veterans and I am incredibly proud to have integrated my service experience into my legal practice. We have received tremendous support at Arent Fox, from case work and pro bono counseling on matters involving current and former service members, to the benefits and accommodations that are provided to veterans across the firm."
Attorney Quotes - Jacques Smith - AF Vets