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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 December Pro Bono Spotlight on Betsy Lynch of Lynch Sharp & Associates, LLC

Betsy initially became involved with Military Matters around the same time she began her work on the Board of Directors for KCMBF. Her family has a long history of relatives who went to the United States Naval Academy and service in the armed forces. 

Betsy has found in her experience so far that “the clients I’ve represented through Military Matters are some of the kindest, most respectful, and most appreciative clients that I have ever had. They don’t take much for granted.” She currently represents a woman veteran in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and another male veteran with PTSD who was jailed by a creditor when he couldn’t pay a debt. He is one of the most grateful clients she has had the pleasure of representing. After everything he had done for his family and the country, she believed it would be “ethically wrong to abandon him in his hour of need.” Betsy knew that these Veterans were at risk of losing everything, so she took the cases and assisted them pro and low bono.

Betsy’s dad knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was seven years old. With her analytical way of thinking, she was always the person in class who asked the most questions, regardless of how specific the teacher was. These skills are wonderful for the courtroom and representing clients. 

Service is also a way of life for Betsy. She serves on multiple community boards. Her mother is a paraplegic with a head injury and still served on the local board for the soup kitchen. Her dad volunteered coaching youth basketball for decades. Volunteerism is a staple in her family.

Betsy is a mother of three and married. She and her husband feel that “to whom much is given, much is expected” and that is a philosophy she wants to pass onto her children. KCMBF’s Military Matters program is one of the many she wants to give back to her community, and to help those who need her help the most. Her kids are also extremely involved in service. Her 12-year-old son is a boy scout and sold wreaths for a service project. Not only did he sell enough to pay his own way to summer camp, but he also outsold more wreaths than any scout in the 100 year history of the troop. Many of the wreaths he sold were donated to area nursing homes. 

In her free time, Betsy enjoys hiking and camping with her kids and family. She loves watching sports with her family, and particularly taking her kids to Columbia, MO for basketball and football games. 

Betsy’s advice to anyone considering volunteering for Military Matters or getting involved, is that she thinks they will figure out very quickly that they are getting a lot more out of their representation than they are putting in. A lot of her work in the program has reminded her why she became a lawyer to begin with. A vast majority of lawyers got into the field, she explained, because they wanted to help people. They have a unique skill set to help people and the Military Matters volunteer program is a great reminder to be grateful for this skill. 

Thank you, Betsy, for your dedication to KCMBF’s Military Matters and to giving back!

Visit KCMBF's Facebook Page to see the original post about Betsy'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

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

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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.