This past Tuesday, the BBA’s Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum held a reception ahead of Veterans Day to bring together members of the bar who are current members of the military, veterans, and their colleagues, and to honor those who have served. The event featured keynote speaker Harvey Weiner, Senior Counsel at Peabody & Arnold and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was an Army Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star (M), among other medals. Mr. Weiner is the National Judge Advocate of the Jewish War Veterans of America, the nation’s oldest active veterans’ organization, and a past Massachusetts Department Commander. He spoke candidly about his experiences in the Vietnam War and upon returning home, and discussed how throughout his career he has drawn on this experience to relate to and support others who have survived violence and trauma, including survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
The reception also kicked off the Forum’s 2019-2020 Active Duty Military & Veterans Mentoring Program, and offered an opportunity for participants in the program to meet their newly-assigned mentors. The program matches military-affiliated law students and new lawyers with more experienced military-affiliated lawyers, who offer career advice and guidance about how to navigate the Boston legal landscape. This fall, the Forum has matched 21 pairs of mentees and mentors through the program. The Forum is thrilled to provide this program, which recognizes the unique experiences of active duty military and veteran attorneys.