Sunday, April 17, 2011

Michigan: Service for Soldiers: Legal Assistance Program

The Macomb County Bar Association Reports:
"The Thomas M. Cooley Law School started the Service to Soldiers: Legal Referral Assistance Program to show our gratitude to those who leave civilian life to serve in Iraq. Thankful for their service, we wish to ease the burden of our returning troops as they try to re-assimilate to civilian life by alleviating their legal concerns.
Many of our troops return to civilian life with relatively little difficulty. But some come home to find that their spouse left them with an empty bank account, or that their job has been given to someone else, or that their cell phone company never stopped charging them after deployment, or that their landlord never refunded their deposit when their lease was voided before they shipped out. These and other similar stories are repeated throughout Michigan. While we celebrate the courage of those who risk their lives when called upon, the harsh reality is that they often come home to face multiple legal issues ranging from relatively small concerns to job loss or even to personal devastation.
Cooley’s Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program offers free legal assistance to military personnel returning from deployment. This unique program offers consultations right at reserve centers and other military locations during drills or military events, and it is the only civilian program in Michigan specifically designed to assist with the immediate needs of military personnel returning from deployment.

If you have questions regarding this program or would like to participate, please contact Heather Spielmaker, Coordinator of the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, at (517) 371-5140, ext. 4112, or at" 

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