Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 13, 2010
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MBA to hold free Visiting Lawyer Program for veterans in Western Mass. counties

The Massachusetts Bar Association will offer a free Visiting Lawyer Program to veterans in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties as part of our Serving Our Veterans in the Law initiative. The program will be held on Thursday, June 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Soldiers' Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke.

All veterans who reside in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties are eligible for the free program. Veterans will be matched with attorneys based on their legal concerns. Each in-person meeting will last 15 minutes. If you are an attorney and you would like to volunteer at the Visiting Lawyer Program, contact MBA Director of Community and Public Services Elizabeth A. O'Neil at (617) 338-0560 or via e-mail.

To participate, veterans can either call for an appointment or register online. The deadline for appointments is Friday, June 4. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

To schedule an appointment, call:

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services Paralegal Gail Cavanaugh-McAuliffe
Toll free 888-844-2838, Ext. 5782, or (617) 210-5782

Click here to register online and click on the "Visiting Lawyer Program" button on the top right hand side of the page.

The event is co-hosted by the MBA, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) and Shelter Legal Services.

The Visiting Lawyer Program is provided at no charge as a public service of the MBA with the financial support of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA. The MBA acknowledges its partnership DVS and thanks them for their important role in the success of the program.

The MBA's Serving Our Veterans in the Law initiative also includes a free weekly call-in service for veterans struggling with state and federal benefit appeals. Call (617) 338-0572 on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. Qualified veterans will be matched up with attorneys who agree to represent their case free of charge.

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