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


Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlight


The December Military Matters #ProBonoSpotlight honors Mario J. Moore Ramirez, founder of Moore Ramirez Law Firm. In his first month volunteering, Mario opened his heart and accepted six family law referrals. Mario models his legal practice and firm culture on the phrase “el abogada del pueblo,” which translates to “attorney for the people.” He shared, “Growing up in Honduras, I have experienced first-hand an environment that made individuals leave their home country and everything they love behind to immigrate to the United States. I became an attorney to be their voice.”

Mario never served in the military but his father is a retired Army Lieutenant Captain. Mario said, “I am grateful for the opportunity through Military Matters to give back and say thank you to the service men and women who have given so much.” His personal charitable endeavors take him to Honduras once a month, where he and his family provide elderly members of the community with food, medicine, glasses, and other necessities. He also volunteers his legal expertise to help families at the Mattie Rhodes Center.

Mario is an international attorney with active bar licenses in Honduras and the United States, received after completing law school in both countries. Becoming an attorney seemed inevitable as his family includes many attorneys, judges, and legal advocates. When he isn’t fighting to make the American dream a reality for his clients, he travels the world to experience different cultures and new places. One of his greatest joys in life is spending time with family and friends.

We thank you, Mario, for your support of KCMBF's #MilitaryMatters!

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

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


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 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.