ABA's Veterans Legal Services Initiative aims to create online resource, mobilize lawyers

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Linda Klein

Linda Klein. Photo by Tony Avelar.

ABA President Linda Klein has announced an effort to provide legal representation and resources for veterans.

Klein says in a video that she became aware of the needs of veterans when members of her law firm volunteered at a homeless shelter. She learned that over half the needs of homeless veterans are legal.

The ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative launched by Klein will be led by a 20-member volunteer commission, according to a press release. The commission is expected to:

• Build a comprehensive website that informs veterans of legal issues and directs them to appropriate resources.

• Encourage law schools and bar associations to promote legal-services incubators that could help veterans while providing training to new and underemployed lawyers.

• Promote partnerships between doctors and lawyers to help solve veterans’ legal problems.

• Extend the National Pro Bono Celebration Week in late October to include Veteran’s Day, and sponsor additional volunteer efforts around Memorial Day.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Education, veterans’ rights and expanding services for ABA members will be focus of Klein’s term”

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