Thursday, May. 13, 2010
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
here to register online and click on the "Visiting Lawyer
Program" button on the top right hand side of the
The event is co-hosted by the MBA, the Massachusetts
Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) and Shelter Legal
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.