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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:

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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 April Pro Bono Spotlight on Gerald Gray, II!

We spoke with Gerald about his law practice, G. Gray Law LLC, and what enables him to help his clients. 
When did you get involved with Military Matters?   I can’t remember what year, but it was pre-pandemic as I recall within the last five years. 

Who or what catalyzed your desire to work in the legal field?  
My mother wanted me to be a judge but that is not my calling. I got serious about the legal field when I started a family and wanted to be in a position to give my children all the opportunities and advantages life could offer while also being in a position to help others by doing lifechanging work.

Can you depict a rewarding experience you’ve had while providing counsel to a client?   I represented a client in an employment case many years ago. When I took over, there were previous lawyers who believed the case was a loser and opposing counsel told me that the Defendant was planning to fire my client if he did not resign. The client said he did not care about the result but knew that I would try my best, which is what sold me on accepting the case. In the end, we not only received a hefty six figure settlement but instead of him being fired, the wrongdoers were fired, which was a first in my book. In the end, someone who was miserable going to work now found joy in his job.

What provides you with fortitude when managing a dense caseload?  Thinking about the alternative of having no clients, no income, or even worse, punching a clock, which I did for many years prior to joining the legal profession. Further, I get joy in helping others and being able to work on my terms. I work nights, weekends, holidays, birthdays, vacations, (no days off is my moto). But I never miss dinner with my family, I never miss an event at school, or a game. In it all, I try to remember why I do it for and stay grounded in my roots being my Christian faith, my family, and my drive effect change. 

How would you encourage a peer to volunteer their time and services to a pro or low bono legal aid service?
I would tell them to see what pro bono services they are passionate about and to get involved because there is a blessing in all of it. Paid or unpaid.



Archive of Past Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlights

Explore past Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlights

How You Can Support Military Matters


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. View the 9th Annual Military Matters Symposium below.

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.



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