There are nearly 2 million veterans in California, and many of them and their families need pro bono legal assistance to receive military and other benefits they have earned. Many don't even know about the legal resources available to members of the military.
Many members of the State Bar have volunteered to provide pro bono legal help to veterans. Read a California Bar Journal story about their efforts to aid veterans in getting the help they need.
Veterans need assistance in all areas of law, but most frequently with the following:
Free trainings are available to pro bono attorneys in many of these areas.You can learn about important laws that pertain to veterans and changes in law that may affect veterans benefits.
The Practising Law Institute (PLI) offeres free training to help attorneys represent veterans and their families. PLI trainings include:
The Pro Bono Training Institute (PBTI) offers free training to pro bono attorneys in veterans benefits and discharge upgrades.
If you are interested in doing pro bono work on behalf of veterans, contact the State Bar at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact one of the organizations listed below.