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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

Military Matters program highlights of the number of referrals received, hours dedicated to volunteering, and the estimate value of those hours

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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 January #ProBonoSpotlight on Geraldine Mims of Mims Law Office, LLC!

Geraldine first learned of Military Matters while serving at Kansas City’s Stand Down semi-annual event several years ago, an event that aims to provide marginal and homeless veterans with access to services. Geraldine began volunteering at the Stand Down events over 10 years ago as a way to give back to veterans in the community. Military Matters has at times also volunteered at the event which is where Geraldine learned of the program.

Through Geraldine’s work as a social security disability attorney she often assists veterans seeking disability benefits. Her husband served in the US Army for 12 years and her father served in World War II. Geraldine has been a wonderful volunteer for Military Matters, accepting referrals to speak with veterans about their social security disability concerns multiple times each year.

Geraldine actually began her career working as a Disability Determinations Counselor for the Social Security Administration. She was one of the individuals reviewing and determining if an individual qualified for Social Security disability benefits. Geraldine then pursued her law degree from UMKC School of Law. While there, she had originally considered employment law or another area. It was during a conversation with now-retired Judge Jon Gray that he recommended she consider being an attorney representing those who were seeking Social Security disability due to her background.

She connected with Joan H. Deans, who at the time practiced as a social security disability attorney in Kansas City. It turned out to be a fruitful connection. While Geraldine was studying for the bar exam she received a follow-up call from Joan that she planned to hire her! After graduating from law school, Geraldine began working at Joan H. Deans Law Office until 2009 when Joan became an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration. Geraldine then purchased the practice from Joan and has been practicing at Mims Law Office, LLC, ever since. 

Outside of practicing law, Geraldine and her husband enjoy traveling and appreciating arts and history. Her husband of over 20 years provides tax and accounting services for the beauty industry and runs a beauty and barber distribution business. They actually just enjoyed attending the 2021 Nutcracker performance by the Kansas City Ballet in December, a tradition of theirs that was unfortunately missed last year due to COVID-19. She and her husband also stay involved with their church, and she enjoys traveling with her husband as her schedule permits.

Geraldine gives back outside of her practice and the Military Matters program through several leadership roles in the community. She is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR), composed mostly of disability attorneys, and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Lupus Foundation of Kansas City and the Holland Group Home here in Kansas City. 

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

Please visit the KCMBF Facebook Page to see the original post about Geraldine'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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