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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 September Pro Bono Spotlight on Sheldon Bernstein of The Law Office of Sheldon Bernstein Attorney at Law, LLC.

How did you initially learn about Military Matters?
“I believe someone contacted me from KCMBA about the program.”
Do you have any family or friends that have served in the military?
“A number of individuals that I have worked with over the years served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, including a POW.”
How did you first decide you wanted to get into the legal field?
“When I was in college, I needed a lawyer to handle some legal issues for me. I was very impressed with the process, civility, and dignity that the lawyer showed me as a 19 year old with a very small legal issue. I realized that was the path I wanted to take.”
Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
“My wife is a retired stockbroker. I have two stepsons. One is retired and travels and the other one is a tenured professor that teaches at the only state military college in Georgia.”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“I travel when I can. I enjoy landscaping and practicing law.”
Thank you, Sheldon, for your dedication to KCMBF’s Military Matters and to giving back!
Are you a lawyer interested in joining the Military Matters Legal Team? Would you like a chance to be featured in the Military Matters #ProBonoSpotlight? Follow this link to join Military Matters:
Visit KCMBF's Facebook Page to see the original post about Sheldon'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


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. 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.