As you know, the BBA has been hard at work expanding our reach with our Military & Veterans Initiative, and we wanted to update you on our progress.
Since the move of the Military Legal Helpline to the BBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) at the beginning of September, we have received more than 75 calls from military members, veterans, and their families. So far, we have nearly 30 attorneys accepting referrals through the military and veteran panels of the LRS.
Additionally, the BBA has hosted three CLE sessions on Representing Military Members and their Families. The most recent training last Thursday on Trusts & Estates, Employment, and Landlord/Tenant Law attracted lawyers from a variety of backgrounds. Beyond the Billable reached out to panelist and former U.S. Army Officer Paul Lannon (Holland & Knight) to hear about the most recent training. Here’s what he had to say:
“Attorneys need specialized training because their clients – the soldiers– need specialized legal advice. There are more and more laws, policies and practices that apply only to Uniformed Service members. Special training is required to understand them and how they apply to soldiers leaving for or returning from duty. Representing Uniformed Service members is worthwhile, highly rewarding, and much appreciated work for lawyers.”
So what’s up ahead?
Don’t miss the final installment of the four-part CLE series coming up on November 21st . This final training will be a primer on Veterans’ Benefits. For more information or to register, please visit the event page. Keep an eye on the BBA calendar for additional training opportunities. We are always looking for ways to better serve those who serve our country.
If you would like to know more about joining the Military and Veterans’ Panels for the BBA LRS, please contact Solana Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org.