Last Thursday evening, attorneys visited the BBA’s 16 Beacon Street headquarters to hear from an all-star panel on Representing Military Personnel & Veterans in Family Law and Domestic Relations. Topics included unique family law issues that military members and veterans face, such as the Service members Civil Relief Act, jurisdictional issues, and division of military retirement pay. Panelists included: Judge George F. Phelan (Norfolk Probate & Family Court), Anna Schleelein (Shelter Legal Service), and Major James Downey (Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and U.S. Army JAG Corps).
As all of our readers know, the BBA has expanded its commitment to aiding military members, veterans, & their families this year, most recently with the adoption of the Military Legal Help Line by the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, and the aforementioned 4-part CLE series, which will encourage participants to take reduced fee and pro bono cases on behalf of veterans and military personnel.
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make the training on Thursday. There are still three more sessions in the series, so you will have plenty of time to get the experience you need to help those who have served, or are currently serving, our country. Next up is the Bankruptcy & Consumer Finance training on October 17th. Check out our brochure for more details.
For more information on how to get involved with this initiative please contact Solana Goss, LRS Intake Coordinator, at [email protected].