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 June #ProBonoSpotlight on Kimberly Scheuerman, an attorney with Levy Craig Law Firm, A Professional Corporation

Kim originally learned about the Military Matters program when attending one of KCMBA’s continuing legal education programs several years ago on the topic of assisting veterans with claims for benefits.  After learning about the program, Kim signed up to be a volunteer for Military Matters and has since helped a number of veterans. As Kim practices family law, she often takes cases for divorce, child custody, and other family law areas – which is a large need through the Military Matters program.  She has found the opportunity to help those who have given so much to our country very rewarding.

Kim originally became a lawyer because she experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to go through the court system for a family law matter.  She decided at that point to learn how she could help both herself and others through those difficult times.  Kim made the decision to go to law school at the age of 25, navigating both motherhood and the stress of law school.  After law school, Kim worked with an experienced family law practitioner before opening her own solo practice.  Since 2016 she has been a part of the Levy Craig Law Firm family law team.

Kim says being a lawyer has changed her perspective about conflicts.  She says, “I definitely try to pick my battles now more than before.  I want to approach any high conflict situation with an open mind to obtain the best possible outcome for everyone involved.”  Kim tries to volunteer whenever she can.  She is part of the Executive Board for Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court, and regularly serves as a guardian ad litem in Jackson County Courts.  Not only does she give her time to the Military Matters program, but also the Volunteer Attorney Project.  She would encourage anyone to take part in Military Matters: “It’s been a great experience and is a way to give back.”

Normally Kim’s free time is taken up by her kids’ sporting events throughout the week, running from football, to cheer, to soccer, to softball.  She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and enjoying the lake during warmer weather.  She has two sons and a daughter – and mentioned getting her eight year old to sit down during stay-at-home orders for school work has been a challenge!  With stay-at-home orders, they have taken up puzzles and board games as hobbies and recently added a new puppy to the mix. 

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

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

Donate - Change Lives 

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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