Young Lawyers to Hold a Veterans Legal Assistance Event in New OrleansOn Feb 3. young lawyers from New Orleans and from throughout the country will volunteer to help veterans and their families understand available federal benefits and complete the required forms.
The free legal clinic, from 2 – 5 p.m. at VFW Post 8973, is part of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division programming at the ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, Feb. 2 – 4.The clinic is part of a year-long ABA YLD initiative called Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans. The concept was developed by the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and adopted by the ABA YLD as its 2011-12 national public service project.“Through this initiative, young lawyers across the country will come together to honor and thank the brave members of our armed forces who have sacrificed much to ensure the safety and security of our country,” said ABA YLD chair Michael G. Bergmann. “We will work to help as many veterans as possible in all 50 states obtain their well-deserved federal benefits.”The ABA YLD is mobilizing its state and local bar affiliates throughout the country to offer veterans benefit clinics in their communities. Future ABA YLD clinics are scheduled for Nashville in May and Chicago in August.At each clinic, veterans receive an overview of the program and then meet individually with volunteer lawyers. The lawyers guide the former service members through various requirements and eligibility for federal veterans’ benefits and help them complete applications.To set up media interviews with project participants or to cover the event, please contact Ira Pilchen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-988-5743.For more information about Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans, please click here.For a schedule of ABA YLD programming at the ABA Midyear Meeting, please click here.
Note:Veterans should bring DD Form 214, recent ratings decisions and any other documents that will help evaluate their federal veteran benefit situation.With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.The ABA Young Lawyers Division, with more than 150,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, is the world’s largest young lawyer organization and the ’s largest division.