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Veterans Issues Among Topics at ABA Meeting in New Orleans

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1, 2012— Innovative veterans programs, issues related to female veterans, military sexual trauma and defending veterans in criminal court will be topics of an interactive discussion of national and local issues related to homelessness, veterans and model court-based and pro bono initiatives at the _ Midyear Meeting Feb. 3. The roundtable is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty and Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits & Services.

In addition, ABA Young Lawyers Division Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans will host a free legal clinic covering VA disability and pension benefits on Feb. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 8973, 531 Lyons St. Young lawyers from New Orleans and throughout the country will volunteer to help veterans and their families understand available federal benefits and complete the required forms. One of the many volunteers is Iraq war veteran Marshall Hevron, a young lawyer from the New Orleans firm of Adams and Reese and commander of VFW Post 8973.

WHO:
ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
and Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits & Services

WHAT:
Roundtable discussion on national and local issues related to homelessness,
veterans, and model court-based and pro bono initiatives

  • Update on recent ABA activities
    • ABA Homefront: Legal Services for Military Families
    • Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans
  • Innovative initiatives in New Orleans—presentations by local judges, lawyers and providers including:
    • Former Congressman Joseph Cao (R-La.)
    • U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey, and representatives from Homeless Experience Legal Help
    • Veterans Treatment Court Judge Arthur Hunter
    • Homeless Court Judge Paul Sens
    • Dorothy Thomas, Homeless Coordinator, VA Medical Center
    • Lilia Valdez-Lindsley, Outreach Specialist, Veterans Treatment Court
  • Special issues related to female veterans and military sexual trauma
  • PTSD, TBI and defending veterans in criminal court

WHEN:
Friday, Feb. 3
11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Grand Ballroom South, Lobby Level
300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

Online registration for news reporters is easier than ever. Credential guidelines are at https://abanow.org/reporter-resources/media-credentials/.

During the Midyear Meeting, accredited journalists should register on-site at the Sheraton New Orleans, 2nd Floor, beginning Feb. 1. A press room for accredited reporters will be provided at the Armstrong Ballroom, 8th Floor, of the Sheraton New Orleans, starting at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2. The room will open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Feb. 6.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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