Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
Left to right: Arthur L. Smith, American Legion Post, Boston, and Larry Doucette, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Boston.
Pro Bono Veterans Training proves popular with MBA members
More than 60 attorneys attended all-day training on Sept. 27
More than 60 attorneys learned about the legal issues facing veterans, including trouble with housing, employment and benefits, during a complimentary daylong training session offered by the Massachusetts Bar Association and U.S. Trust last month that aimed to teach attorneys how to offer free legal aid to veterans.
Ronald B. Abrams, joint executive director, and Louis J. George, staff attorney, of the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., led the program, “Serving Our Veterans in the Law: Pro Bono Training for Attorneys,” at the MBA’s West Street office on Sept. 27.
The free training is the first step in the MBA’s veterans initiative, which has received complimentary press including a positive editorial in Monday’s Boston Herald, as well as numerous inquiries from veterans and their advocates. U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management is sponsoring this initiative.
The MBA will also hold a special Dial-A-Lawyer program for veterans in late October. In addition, a visiting lawyer program that will send attorneys to city and town veterans service offices for the day will be scheduled later this year.
MBA President-elect Edward W. McIntyre, a Vietnam War veteran, presented the idea to the MBA after being approached by members from across the state.