The firm’s 20 U.S. office participated in events and legal clinics to celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who have served us. More than 100 attorneys attended legal clinics or trainings on veterans disability claims, general civil legal matters or discharge upgrades.
The Veterans Day activities began on November 6 with a Veterans Legal Fair & Celebration in New York. In collaboration with the Veterans Advocacy Project attorneys in the New York office provided legal advice to veterans, military service members and their families and non-profit organizations serving the military. On November 10, Swords to Plowshares led a CLE in the San Francisco office to prepare attorneys to represent veterans in service connected disability benefits appeals, discharge upgrades and more. The Los Angeles and San Diego office conferenced into this to participate in a Veterans Day activity.
On November 11, the Homeless Advocacy Project led a CLE in Philadelphia to prepare attorneys to represent veterans in service-connected disability benefits appeals and discharge upgrades. The Atlanta, Baltimore, Boca Raton, Boston, Cherry Hill, Miami, Newark, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices conferenced into this so they could become accredited and take on veterans cases. In Chicago, the John Marshall Veterans School of Law Legal Support Center & Clinic led a CLE to prepare attorneys to represent veterans in service-connected disability benefits appeals and discharge upgrades. The Houston office conferenced in to be a part of this accreditation.
The Washington, D.C. office hosted a Veterans Legal Assistance Project Clinic on November 12 to help thank the veterans for their service by providing discharge upgrade intakes and advice. On November 16, the Boston office closed the Veterans Day Celebration by hosting a Veterans Breakfast Briefing with Veterans Legal Services. Here, attorneys learned how to provide pro bono aid to veterans and the Boston office also celebrated Duane Morris attorneys and staff’s pro bono service over the last year with Pro Bono Recognition Awards.
The firm took celebrating Veterans Day to the next step by hosting a week full of activities to help those who served us first. Duane Morris Pro Bono hopes to provide strength through service, and the Veterans Day activities was just another successful example of how the firm and attorneys provide for the community. Thank you to everyone who participated in the activities, and if you would like to take on a veterans case, please contact Valentine Brown, Katharyn Christian McGee or KC Obenschain. Veterans Day was just the start of the services and help Duane Morris can provide to veterans and organizations which help veterans.