The Armed Forces Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Public Counsel held the first annual Military Ball to support Pro Bono legal service for Veterans on Saturday night. The two organizations also announce their collaboration on a Veterans Pro Bono Project to provide free legal assistance and representation for Veterans.
Proceeds from the Armed Forces Ball will support the training and deployment of pro bono
attorneys to assist Veterans with their VA benefits, family law matters, criminal defense, tax, housing,
outstanding ticket and warrant resolution and other financial issues. The issues can grow to become major obstacles to employment or stability for both Veterans and Active Duty personnel. The Veterans assisted through this joint partnership will come from throughout Los Angeles County, including those served by Public Counsel at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus.
LACBA is the largest voluntary metropolitan bar in the country, hosted the event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to raise funds to supports LACBA’s Veteran-specific legal programs.
“The Armed Forces Ball ‘Honoring America’s Veterans,’ is an opportunity for us to recognize the
many sacrifices and contributions Veterans have made to our country, while supporting the delivery of
pro bono legal services to those Veterans in need,” said Adam Siegler, chair of LACBA’s Armed Forces
Committee. “The Veterans Pro Bono Project between LACBA and Public Counsel is a new approach to
reaching Veterans and their families which we hope can serve as a model of cooperation nationwide.”
“Veterans give so much to our country, and solving their legal issues is often a critical missing
piece after they finish their service,” said Hernán Vera, President and CEO of Public Counsel. “When
legal issues are standing in a veteran’s way, we need to do whatever it takes to remove them. We’re
proud to stand with the Los Angeles County Bar Association to reach that goal.”
As part of the evening’s festivities, LACBA’s Armed Forces Committee recognized Veterans
and attorneys who have made significant contributions to Veterans services, including United States
Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson; Public Counsel’s Director of the Center for Veterans
Advancement, Rick Little; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and Cristin Zeisler, Partner & Director of Pro
Bono Services at Manatt.
Military officers, Veterans, dignitaries, city officials, judges and lawyers, including Major General
Peter Gravett, Secretary for Veterans Affairs in California, attended the Ball.
LACBA’s Armed Forces Committee is a means to provide pro bono legal assistance to Veterans, a
network for lawyers who have military experience, and the opportunity to coordinate with existing legal
service and other non-profit organizations by developing programs to support and complement each
For everyone on the committee I personally want to thank you for all your efforts to make this a success. For all of you who reblogged my posts, I thank you as well. Every little bit helps.
As the new year approaches, the Veterans in Los Angeles County have new hope and a way forward. We are committed to continued support of both Veterans and Active Duty personnel.
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I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney. As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +