Free CLE Training on Dec 2 for Attorneys Serving Veterans: Lone Star Legal Aid Hosts “Remembering Our Veterans”
November 28, 2011 2 Comments
Lone Star Legal Aid Hosts “Remembering Our Veterans,” A Free CLE Training on Dec 2 for Attorneys Serving Veterans
For Immediate Release: November 28, 2011
Media Contact: Lewis Kinard 713-652-0077
(Paris, TX) Veterans Day festivities may have now ended, but Lone Star Legal Aid continues our mission to honor veterans and service members by partnering with private attorneys to increase legal services for low-income veterans and service members. It is an unfortunate reality that countless Texas military veterans and their dependents have serious legal problems, and, like other low-income Texans, cannot afford to hire an attorney. To help Texas lawyers serve an often-overlooked population, Lone Star Legal Aid’s Paris Branch office is conducting a half-day continuing legal education (CLE) event for Texas attorneys. The CLE will take place December 2, 2011 from 1:00-5:00 at the Lamar County Court House located at 119 North Main in Paris.
“These are critically difficult economic times where resources are scarce and our client population’s needs continue to multiply,” said Kristy Rodgers, Branch Manager for Lone Star Legal Aid’s Paris office. “Many veterans come to our office in need of help on a range of simple to complex and urgent legal matters, but Legal Aid simply cannot serve every one. This harsh reality makes our partnerships with private attorneys so valuable because they help ensure that more low-income Texans have access to justice.
“We are grateful to be expanding partnerships to help expand legal services for low-income Texans,” Ms. Rodgers continued, “especially for our men and women veterans who served our country so bravely.”
The CLE is free for Texas attorneys who agree to accept at least one civil case from Lone Star Legal Aid for a low-income Texas veteran on a pro bono basis. Attorneys who attend the event can earn up to 4 hours of CLE credit from the State Bar of Texas. The event will be moderated by Lamar County Judge Bill Harris. The program will include an overview of Veteran Benefits, federal and state protections for active service members and other issues of interest to attorneys serving veterans such as IRS considerations.
Check out the flyer here: PARIS CLE VETERANS
For more information or to RSVP contact Lone Star Legal Aid’s Paris Office at 903–785-8711.
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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
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Lone Star Legal Aid’s “Lone Star Lawyers for Lone Star Veterans” initiative engages Lone Star Legal Aid staff, community partners and pro bono attorneys to honor veterans and service members by providing them free legal advice, advocacy and education regarding their rights and protections. Lone Star Legal Aid’s Longview office conducts a weekly veterans’ legal services clinic as a part of this goal to increase legal services to low income Texas veterans. The clinic takes place every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Lone Star Legal Aid Longview office located at 140 East Tyler St., Suite 150 and is open to any eligible veteran or veteran dependant seeking legal help for civil legal matters.