Legal Connection: Military Matters
    

Legal Connection: Military Matters, one of KCMBF's three Legal Connection programs, strives to fill the gap in legal services available to military service members and veterans. For more information, go to militarymatterskc.org.


Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlight

 

KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the August #ProBonoSpotlight on Scott C. Gyllenborg, founding partner of Gyllenborg & Brown, P.A.

Scott has served many roles within both KCMBA and KCMBF over the last decade.  He was a member of the KCMBF Board of Directors when the Legal Connection: Military Matters program was initiated, and he signed up to be a volunteer as soon as the program started processing referrals.  Since then, Scott has been a frequent volunteer, accepting multiple referrals for veterans each year.  As Scott is a criminal defense lawyer, he takes referrals for veterans related to traffic violations, warrants, municipal charges (which make up a large portion of the referral requests), as well as misdemeanor and felony cases.

Scott is a proud advocate of the Military Matters program, and although he did not serve in the military, many of his family members have.  His father was a sergeant in the United States Army who fought during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters, and Scott’s uncle was a captain in the United States Marine Corps, deployed during the Korean War.  Scott has a nephew who is a sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserve, and a nephew-in-law who is a major in the United States Army JAG Corps, teaches at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds degrees from Davidson College, the University of Kansas, the University of Virginia, and Columbia University.

“Military Matters is such an important program of KCMBF.  The veterans we represent need help that they cannot afford to pay for, and the assistance we provide often makes a huge difference in their lives,” says Scott.  His perspective is veterans have served our country and taken action for us, so we should take action for them and recognize their continued importance in our community. Scott enjoys connecting with each veteran he represents, hearing about where they were stationed and deployed, and what they experienced while serving in the military.

Scott grew up in Prairie Village and Leawood, graduated from The Barstow School, and received his B.A. degree in English from the University of Kansas.  After he graduated from KU, Scott, still deciding whether to go to graduate school, was a track laborer on the Kansas City Southern Railroad and then a salesman with Jack Roach Cadillac before a friend at Shook, Hardy & Bacon recommended that he work as a paralegal to explore whether he should go to law school.  Scott was a paralegal at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne and then Shughart Thomson & Kilroy before he took the LSAT and enrolled at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was 1L class president.  The trial bug hit him as a 3L when he participated in a national trial competition in Provo, Utah.  KU did not win that competition, but Scott and his teammates did get in some excellent snow skiing at Snowbird.

During law school, Scott clerked at Polsinelli White Vardeman & Shalton.  After graduation, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Johnson County, Kansas, and then joined Watson Ess Marshall & Enggas as a litigator.  Scott attributes much of his success to the great mentors he has had throughout his career, many of whom have held leadership positions in KCMBA and KCMBF.  In 2000, he started his current firm, now Gyllenborg & Brown, P.A.  His wife, Christina, was his law partner for eight years before she was appointed to the district court bench in Johnson County, Kansas.  Scott has held leadership positions in KCMBF, KCMBA, the Johnson County Bar Association, and Midwest Innocence Project among other organizations.

Scott continues to be a vocal champion for Military Matters and encourages other attorneys to join the volunteer program.  In his experience, a little help from a lawyer can go a long way toward getting veterans back to a more level playing field, enabling them to continue to improve their lives.

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

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

Join the Military Matters Legal Team

Military Matters is looking for your help in building its pro bono network for military service members and veterans. Click the image below to join the Military Matters Legal Team. 


7th Annual Military Matters Symposium
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | KCMBA Event Center
Registration opens fall 2020

 
The annual Symposium brings together representatives from the front line providers of military and veteran services in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area to continue the discussion on how best to alleviate the gaps in legal services and other support services available to veterans and active duty military.

Thank you to our 6th Annual Military Matters Symposium speakers!

Veteran Treatment Courts
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | KCMBA Event Center
Click here to view the program.


Chair, Nick McNeil and KC Rafferty

David White and Adam Baker

Photo 1: Chair, Nick McNeil and KC Rafferty
Photo 2: Moderator David White and Hon. Alexander, Hon. Bland, Comm. Fry, and Hon. McCarthy
Photo 3: Moderator David White and Adam Baker, Chris Carter, Kelly England, Tiffany Gregg, Dennis Johnson, and Bryan Meyer
Photo 4: David White and Adam Baker

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 military 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 Foundation Director, Sharra Wagner at swagner@kcmbf.org or (816) 474-4322.

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Your donation will help Military Matters continue to grow and serve more 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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