November 01, 2015

Veteran's Day

ABA President Paulette Brown, in her Veteran’s Day message Nov. 11, celebrated veterans’ patriotism, sacrifice and contributions to upholding the rule in the United States and around the world. “As we hail the bravery and dedication of these men and women,” Brown said, “let us remember that we have a commitment to them as well.” She noted that the ABA has created programs for veterans and active-duty personnel to address growing legal needs in numerous areas, including consumer law, family law, landlord-tenant issues, and employment laws. The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel works with the Department of Defense, the military services and other bar associations to enhance the availability of free or affordable legal assistance to veterans. In addition, the Military Pro Bono Project has connected more than 1,200 service members and veterans with lawyers who provide free representation for civil legal issues. A related initiative, Operation Stand-By, enables military lawyers to seek case advice from volunteer civilian lawyers. She added that the association also has helped establish more than 200 veterans’ courts to give former servicemembers with drug or mental health issues a path toward recovery without having to navigate the penal system. Another project, ABA Home Front provides access to free publications and easy-to-understand information on various legal topics and a directory of legal services programs that help military families. Lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for pro bono opportunities to help veterans and military families through these programs.

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