In honor of Veterans Day, MC Law will host the Legal Assistance for Veterans Event this Friday. Jointly sponsored by the Military Justice Society, the Mississippi National Guard and the Military Assistance Committee of the Mississippi Bar and MC Law, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the student center. Veteran Service Officers in the area will be directly assisting all local veterans in need of legal assistance that come to the event.
The event, geared towards aiding veterans in identifying specific legal needs, will link veterans with attorneys ready and able to assist them. Student volunteers will receive the veterans and provide them the initial forms provided by the National Guard. Veterans will then have a brief opportunity to talk with military lawyers to clarify their needs.
Professor Richard Meyer, who organized the event, said it continues MC Law’s tradition of veteran assistance: "This is just the next step in MC Law's long tradition of supporting veterans and the military,” he noted.
Legal services such as wills and powers of attorney will be subsequently provided by the National Guard Staff Judge Advocate while other legal issues will be referred to (pro bono) volunteers collected by the Military Affairs committee of the MC Law Alumni Office.
Meyer plans for the Legal Assistance for Veterans to be a recurring occasion in the coming years.
The professor believes the event is coming at a crucial time, reflecting unity following a highly contentious election cycle. “The timing is perfect,” he said. “We follow the divisiveness of an election day with a unified community effort to support those who have sacrificed so much for all of us.”