KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the August #ProBonoSpotlight on Lauri J. Laughland of the Law Office of Lauri J. Laughland!
Lauri has been a volunteer attorney for Military Matters since the program’s inception in 2016. When she first received notification about the program starting and its cause, Lauri immediately signed up to volunteer. “I feel like giving back is very important. We are so blessed as attorneys to be able to help people. I think that’s an important part of being in the profession.”
Lauri’s father was a Navy veteran who served during World War II. She also has a son-in-law who is a veteran. In her experience, the veterans she has served through Military Matters are very appreciative of any help she can provide. She sees there are a lot of negative effects for veterans as a result of serving their country. “I think that society as a whole needs to do what it can to help meet their needs when they are down on their luck. That’s why I have chosen to try and help by providing bankruptcy assistance.”
Lauri’s firm is a general practice law firm. She has chosen over the years to specifically give back by assisting with filing bankruptcies, to help those who find themselves feeling that they have no other choice. Lauri originally became a lawyer as her father advised her to take up a profession where she could work for herself, while her mother wanted her to be a writer. Straddling both sides of advice, Lauri pursued an undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri and then attended the UMKC School of Law to obtain her law degree. She clerked for a solo practitioner during law school who she briefly continued to work with upon graduating. Soon after, she opened her own law firm and has been her own boss ever since. Although, she is quick to note that she has many bosses as her clients are the ones she strives to please.
Outside of work, Lauri loves to spend time with friends and family. She is married and has one son, two stepchildren, and three others whom she considers children, who are all grown. Her canine family member, Scout, comes to work with her every day (another perk of being self-employed!). She has a house at Lake of the Ozarks where her family loves to spend time each weekend, hosting friends and spending time with loved ones. Having a place on a lake also means Lauri enjoys all types of water sports, swimming, and boating. Lauri is also very involved in her community, as a Board President for her church and an avid fan of the Chiefs, Royals, and Mizzou Tigers (she told us as we could see memorabilia for each team on the walls of her office).
Lauri says, “If you have time, get involved. I would urge any lawyers to give back.” Lauri is a big advocate that giving back is a basic part of an attorney’s responsibilities.
Thank you, Lauri, for your dedication to KCMBF’s #MilitaryMatters and to giving back!
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