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Legal Connection: Military Matters, one of KCMBF's three Legal Connection programs, fills the gap in legal services available to service members and veterans. For more information:

militarymatterskc.org


Secretary

Courtney Stout

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Volunteer attorneys can watch the Military Matters Digital Kick-Off Event from 2021 which includes an overview of the program's success to date, a walkthrough of the Referral Software, and an explanation of how it affects you.

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Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlight

Each month Military Matters highlights a volunteer attorney who goes above and beyond in accepting referrals for service members and veterans of the Kansas City community. The monthly recognition is meant to distinguish the great work being done by the hundreds of pro-bono volunteer attorneys within the Military Matters Legal Team. 

KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the October #ProBonoSpotlight on Bethany Miller of Oswald Rew LLC.

Bethany has been a volunteer attorney for Military Matters since 2018. She initially learned about the program from her husband, Tony Miller, who is also enthusiastic about the program. Bethany explained that military service dates far back in her family, because her ancestors served in the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. She also has many friends who have served in various sectors of the military.

Bethany’s experience with referrals from the program has been positive, she said, and added that “it is so rewarding to work with people who need my help and appreciate my efforts.” Bethany is also empathetic to the reality that many of the clients who are referred in this program have “been through a lot, and have seen a lot, in their lifetime” and while she notes that this can be heartbreaking, she does her best to “help them get their affairs in order.”

Bethany’s decision to become an attorney can be traced back to her childhood. “When I was young, my grandmother was brought into litigation involving her late father’s estate, and the stakes were very high. I remember the effect that it had on my entire family, and I wondered how and why the case ultimately worked out the way that it did. I think that feeling/memory stayed with me all of these years, and so when it came time to choose a career path, the legal field seemed an obvious choice,” she explained.

Bethany has been married 20 years to her husband, Tony, who is also an attorney. They live in Lee’s Summit with their daughter Katie (13) and Natalie (11). 

When Bethany is not practicing law or volunteering for those in need, she enjoys gardening, barre, and spin classes. She also loves getting out and exploring with her kids, she said, who are always up for anything! The Miller family loves to travel, and Bethany has a passion for trip planning. 

Bethany would encourage other lawyers to join the program, as the clients we serve are so deserving of this help and “they are all heroes” she said. 

Thank you, Bethany, for your dedication to KCMBF’s #MilitaryMatters and to giving back!

Visit KCMBF's Facebook Page to see the original post about Bethany's service through Military Matters.

Archive of Past Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlights

Explore past Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlights


How You Can Support Military Matters

Volunteer

Are you an attorney? Help fill the gap in legal assistance available to service members and veterans in our service area.

Join the Military Matters Legal Team 

Providing pro bono service through Military Matters satisfies lawyers' requirement of participating in the Jackson County Juvenile appointment program for one year.

Administrative Order 18-06 states, in part:

Local Rules 21.4 (2014) and 21.6.1 (2010) govern the termination/withdrawal of attorneys and guardians ad litem in Chapter 211 RSMo. cases. Upon receipt of a Motion to Withdraw requesting that an attorney be relieved of an appointment in either a Chapter 211 case or a civil contempt case filed in the Family Court Division of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, the application shall be presented to the Court for consideration, except:

  1. If the attorney's request is based upon verified active participation in the Volunteer Attorney Project or the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation's Legal Connection: Military Matters program within the twelve month period preceding the date of the appointment;

Visit the Court's website here and read the Administrative Order here.

Annual Military Matters Symposium

Each year KCMBF hosts the Military Matters Symposium which brings together active Military Matters volunteer attorneys, representatives of veterans support organizations, and other veteran/military experts in the community. Each symposium has focused on a particular veterans topic, with the goal of both education and collaboration between attendees. The purpose of the symposium is to determine if there are additional opportunities for supporting veterans in the Kansas City community.

Explore Past Year Topics and Speakers

Donate to Military Matters- Change Lives

Your donation will help Military Matters continue to grow and serve more service members and veterans in our community.  From providing funds for filing fees, expert testimony and other court fees to providing materials to train attorneys in VA benefit claims, your donation matters.

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To volunteer in other capacities, please contact Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at [email protected] or (816) 474-4322.