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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 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!

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