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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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Did you miss our 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 our new 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 September #ProBonoSpotlight on Samantha Sader, of Fisher Law, LLC.

Sammi first heard about Military Matters while at a KCMBA Domestic Law Committee meeting, when a Military Matters staff member spoke to the committee about the program. Fisher Law, LLC, where Sammi is a senior associate attorney, strongly encourages all of its attorneys to give back when possible. Since then, Sammi signed up and has accepted many referrals in her area of practice, family law.

In her experience, the veterans she speaks with are going through a lot more than the average litigant. “In addition to fighting for custody, parenting time, and child support, their circumstances change quickly and often.” Within family law, there are also different rules that apply to active service members and those in the reserves. It can be difficult for them to find an attorney with that particular experience. “These are additional hurdles and barriers they face.”

Sammi grew up around the legal field, as her father is also an attorney. It led her down the path of becoming a lawyer. She attended the University of Miami School of Law, and always knew she wanted to work with people. “This led me to the family law arena. It is a practice where I interact directly with the clients, and on a really good day I can make a significant difference in someone’s life.”  While attending law school, Sammi spent time interning in the family court system, clerking in private practice, and working with the Children and Youth Law Clinic.  After graduating in 2015, she moved back to Kansas City and joined Fisher Law, LLC. 

All of the attorneys at the firm are involved in pro bono projects, whether it be the Volunteer Attorney Project (VAP), Military Matters, or guardian ad litem work. Sammi herself volunteers in a variety of programs, and is a guardian ad litem for both domestic and adoption cases. “It’s incredibly important to Fisher Law to have everybody involved in many different pro bono activities.”

Sammi grew up in Kansas City, and is happy to have settled here after law school. Her mother is a CPA and her father still practices law at his bankruptcy and commercial real estate firm at Crown Center. She has a younger brother who is a major league scout for the San Diego Padres and a younger sister teaching English in Tokyo, Japan. Sammi loves to read, cook, and enjoy the many Kansas City-specific activities we have around the city, such as visiting the River Market, running the trolley trail, and attending First Fridays. She has two dogs, affectionately referred to as her “fur-babies”, Freddy and Finnie, who are the top priorities in her life. Her husband falls third in line after the dogs!

Sammi believes the Military Matters program provides great opportunities for attorneys to directly impact lives. “You are directly impacting their children, their jobs, their finances, their marriages.” She is an advocate for the influence a family law attorney can have on not just a service member or veteran’s life, but their children’s lives as well. “And to do that for people who may not otherwise have that help or support, is something special that Military Matters offers.”

Thank you, Sammi, for your dedication to KCMBF’s #MilitaryMatters!

Please visit the KCMBF Facebook Page to see the original post about Sammi's service to 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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