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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, go to militarymatterskc.org.


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                  Chair                                        Vice Chair                                         Secretary
        Michael B. George                      Kelly A. Campbell                                Courtney Stout
                Polsinelli PC                                  Spencer Fane LLP                           Williams Dirks Dameron LLC

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Digital Kick-Off Event

Volunteer attorneys can watch a recording of the event here, 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. 

 

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KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the June & July #ProBonoSpotlight on Larry S. Buccero of Law Offices of Buccero & VanFleet, LLC!

Larry has been a volunteer attorney for Military Matters since 2020. He was informed by another attorney that joining the Military Matters program fulfills an attorney’s requirement to be on the Juvenile Appointment Roster within Jackson County. Larry appreciated the opportunity to join Military Matters, as it allows him to give back to those in need within his regularly practiced areas of the law. 
 
Larry has enjoyed working with the veterans and service members who have been matched to him through Military Matters, noting, “I welcome working with those folks.” Larry has found these clients are usually very respectful and they listen and take advice very well. He has accepted Military Matters referrals from clients all the way from Warrensburg to downtown Kansas City, to Johnson County, MO. Larry’s father-in-law served in the Navy and he has a son-in-law who served in the Marines, as well.

Growing up, Larry looked up to his grandfather who was an attorney and it inspired him to pursue a career in the law. Larry graduated from UMKC School of Law and immediately began working with the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office. After serving with that office for 17 years, in 2004 he started his own firm where he practices family and criminal law. At the Law Offices of Buccero & VanFleet, LLC, they enjoy having the ability to provide low cost and pro bono work for those in need. 

Outside of work, Larry is an avid golfer, and according to his wife perhaps too much of a golfer! His oldest son currently works in the field of business and finance, and his younger son just graduated from the University of Missouri in May – and is planning to attend law school. Larry also has seven step-children and five grandkids. Outside of playing golf and spending time with family, he and his wife love to travel when they have the opportunity. 

Larry says, “This program is fantastic, especially because you are dealing with [cases] in the area of law that you practice.” He finds that the veterans and service members matched to him through Military Matters “are good folks and good people. You want to help them and do well by them.” He and his staff have found veterans and service members to be very respectful and appreciative. He would encourage other attorneys to consider volunteering in this program!

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

Please visit the KCMBF Facebook Page to see the original post about Larry's service through Military Matters.

Archive of Past Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlights

 Click here to explore past Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlights.

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How You Can Support Military Matters
Volunteer

Are you an attorney?  Join the Military Matters Legal Team - Help fill the gap in legal assistance available to service members and veterans in our service area.

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.

Click here to join our Pro Bono Network. To volunteer in other capacities, please contact Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at apply@kcmbf.org or (816) 474-4322.

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.

To explore past year Symposium topics and speakers, click here.

 

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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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