Adams and Reese attorney Marshall Hevron, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973 in New Orleans, helped organize a pro bono legal clinic for Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11th at the VFW Post 8973, located at 531 Lyons St. The Young Lawyers Division of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and The Pro Bono Project teamed up to put on the event.
“Veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have myriad legal needs - this clinic goes a long way toward providing these Vets with the assistance they need so they can start the next phase of their lives,” said Hevron, an Iraq war veteran.
Volunteer attorneys provided Veterans with advice on a range of civil issues including family law, estate planning, land lord tenant disputes, contract reviews, and many other issues. Veterans requiring longer term legal assistance were matched with volunteer attorneys in the community who assisted with their claims. There were also qualified personnel on hand who assisted Veterans with VA claims.
Richard K. Leefe, the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and a Vietnam Veteran stated that he is “pleased to have this program put on and proud that this continues to show the dedication of attorneys in Louisiana to do pro bono work. To do this for our veterans is a service that we need to show our continuing support for all they have done.”
The executive director of The Pro Bono Project, Rachel Piercey, said “we are delighted to have all the partners come together once more as we continue to work towards implementing this program on a regular basis.”
Chris Weema, an attorney coordinating the FBA’s efforts stated that “we are looking forward to building on the success of the previous clinic, and are likewise pleased that this clinic continues to progress toward a regular and permanent program.”
At Adams and Reese, Hevron is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in the firm’s New Orleans office. In the community, he is a board member of the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund, Save Our Cemeteries, and the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee.