Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lone Star Legal Aid Expands Veterans Project !

News from Lone Star Legal Aid:
Lone Star Legal Aid is growing our Veterans project which is aimed at increasing legal services to low-income veterans. We now have three full time attorneys based in our Houston office focused on serving Veteran-clients with legal problems throughout our entire service area of 72 counties in Texas and four counties in Arkansas. Additionally, we continue to recruit and train private attorneys to increase our capacity to serve more in need.  Lone Star Legal Aid continues to collaborate with vital community partners in this endeavor so that we may serve veterans-clients in the most holistic and effective manner.
 This expansion is made possible because of renewed funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, new funding from the Texas Veterans Commission which supplements our regular funding from the Legal Services Corporation and United Way.
At a time when Veterans are increasingly in need of legal help, Lone Star Legal Aid is proud to continue growing our efforts to serve low-income Veterans with civil legal problems who
 cannot afford an attorney.
For those in need of legal assistance and to apply for free legal services with Lone Star Legal Aid, please call 1-800-733-8394. Additionally, on our website: www.lonestarlegal.org you will find addresses and local numbers for each Lone Star Legal Aid office.   
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Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been addressing the unmet legal needs of financially-distressed Texans for over 60 years in Southeast Texas through a combination of staff and volunteer legal professionals. As the fourth-largest legal aid organization in the U.S., it serves 72 counties in Texas from Matagorda to Texarkana and 4 counties in southwest Arkansas.  www.LoneStarLegal.org
for more information go to Lone Star Legal Aid.

Friday, February 17, 2012

April 25/Atlanta - Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training - Register Now!

Training for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is open for applications now! One all-day training will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 25, 2012, and can lead not only to a large amount
of free CLE, but a career-changing opportunity to "do well by doing
2012 Training Seminar
April 25, 2012
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, Atlanta, GA Office
Morris, Manning & Martin LLP and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
In order to attend the training, you must complete the application form, which is available here. You would be wise to register early; earlier programs have filled up quickly!
The Program provides training free of charge to attorneys who agree to
represent a veteran/VA claimant or family member before the Veterans
Court. As well as receiving the day-long training, attorneys who
participate are assigned a case that has been screened for merit and
provided a screening memo outlining the issues in the case. Volunteers
are also assigned a mentor (a practicing veterans’ law lawyer or
practitioner) to give advice and share sample pleadings. Attorneys also
receive the Veterans Benefits Manual (VBM) and other resource materials.
  • Malpractice insurance is provided.
  • CLE credits are available.
Learn more at: