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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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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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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 October #ProBonoSpotlight on Gabriel T. Hinkebein, of Pittenger Law Group, LLC!

Gabe has been a volunteer with Military Matters since the program began in 2016. He learned about the program and its purpose at a KCMBA event just after the program launched and felt it was a worthwhile endeavor working to support the Kansas City community. He signed up immediately!

In his experience, Military Matters works particularly well as it ensures attorneys understand they are working with a past or present service member. “It is sometimes beneficial to approach opposing parties or courts from the standpoint that you are trying to help someone with a military background.” This allows a more tailored approach for these veterans and service members seeking assistance. “Everyone I’ve worked with has been a fantastic referral; helpful, appreciative, and very respectful.” 

Gabe has personal connections to the military: his father was drafted to serve in the Army during the Vietnam War and his grandfather served in the Army during World War II.  Gabe is a veteran himself, as he served two tours in the Army as an active duty JAG officer (Judge Advocate General). He attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for his undergraduate degree and after playing baseball for a bit for the university he joined the Army ROTC program. 

Gabe moved to Kansas City under the Army’s Educational Delay Program to attend UMKC School of Law, where he met his wife (who is also an Attorney and UMKC graduate). After his time in the Army, Gabe moved back to Kansas City and opened his own firm in the Westport area. He later joined his good friend, Brandon Pittenger’s law firm, The Pittenger Law Group, LLC. He has been with the firm for seven years now. The Pittenger Law Group has always supported Gabe in giving back through programs like Military Matters, and the firm allows all of its attorneys the opportunity to explore pro bono matters even if they are not within the firm’s main practice areas.  

Gabe and his wife have two children together, one a junior in high school at St. Teresa’s and another in 7th grade this year at Academie Lafayette, and happily live in the Roanoke neighborhood of KC. When asked what he likes to do with his free time, he laughed and said, “What free time?” In his “spare” time he is often drafted to be the “Uber” driver for the family, shuttling the kids to their various sports activities. 

“I would encourage everyone to give [Military Matters] a shot.” Gabe believes this program is unique to the region as there are not a lot of military/veteran specific programs for legal matters. “The vast majority of the legal issues don’t have anything to do with the military; these individuals are simply looking for assistance with issues many attorneys have the knowledge to assist with.” He wants to assure any attorney that it is not a program to be scared of, and it doesn’t matter if you have military experience yourself. It provides an opportunity for attorneys to learn, and if they run into something they aren’t comfortable with there are volunteers like Gabe willing step in and help.

“You would be surprised how much good you can do by just taking 1-2 referrals per year!”

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

Please visit the KCMBF Facebook Page to see the original post about Gabe'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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Military Matters is looking for your help in building its pro bono network for service members and veterans.
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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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