MAJ Alma Whitelaw currently serves as the Command Judge Advocate (CJA) for the 287th Sustainment Brigade headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. In this role, MAJ Whitelaw advises the command regarding military justice actions, current legal issues, preparation for deployment and Warfighters, and ethics.
For the past two years MAJ Whitelaw worked as a Judge Advocate with the Kansas Army National Guard at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka. Her duties included providing free outreach CLEs for civilian attorneys to better understand military jargon, pay, benefits, as well as the impact of civilian court decisions on Servicemembers military careers. She also assists Servicemembers with medical boards, discharge boards, legal assistance with civilian legal matters, and a variety of other legal issues. She briefs and advises KSNG Soldiers and Airmen mobilizing, both pre-deployment and post-deployment. Since her deployments to Kuwait and Iraq, MAJ Whitelaw maintains a special interest in Servicemembers with PTSD and other serious medical issues as a result of their service while on military duty.
She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University She received her J.D. from Washburn University and, an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Mental Health Disability Law from New York Law School with an emphasis in trauma related disability.