Miles & Stockbridge Joins Virginia Legal Groups in Presenting Session About Veterans Specialty Court Docket and Pro Bono Services
The Tysons Corner office of Miles & Stockbridge hosted an event to highlight legal resources available to military veterans in Virginia and to rally the Commonwealth’s legal community to support programs offering legal representation to veterans in need.
Co-sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) and Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV), the “Spotlight on Veterans Legal Issues” featured presentations from two Virginia judges about Fairfax County’s new specialty court docket for veterans who come into contact with the criminal justice system and from representatives for legal assistance programs.
The keynote presentation focused on the Fairfax County Veterans Treatment Docket (VTD), a voluntary, court-supervised, comprehensive treatment program for veterans. The Honorable Grace Burke Carroll of Fairfax County Circuit Court and the Honorable Michael Lindner of Fairfax County General District Court joined VTD coordinator Donald Northcutt in describing how the special docket is transforming the lives of justice-involved veterans by connecting them to treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
Other featured speakers included LSNV executive director James A. Ferguson and Carly Anderson, LSNV Legal Fellow, who spoke about LSNV’s Veterans Law Project, which provides direct representation to veterans on a variety of legal issues, including landlord-tenant matters, problems with disability and other benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, driver’s license reinstatement, expungement, custody/visitation, veterans benefits and discharge upgrades.
Bob Barrett, senior counsel of The Advisory Board Company, gave a presentation about the VBA’s Veterans Issues Task Force, which provides pro bono or reduced fee legal assistance to veterans and service members through a network of volunteer attorneys.
“It was gratifying to see members of the judiciary, lawyers and others come together to showcase how we can better serve veterans who need legal services,” said Jeffrey S. Poretz, managing partner of Miles & Stockbridge’s Tysons Corner office. “These efforts are an important way to give back to those whose military service has benefitted all of us.”
The event drew more than 50 lawyers, nonprofit leaders, veterans’ advocates as well as The Honorable Kimberly Daniel of Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Miles & Stockbridge associate Laura Golden Liff, a board member for the VBA’s Young Lawyers Division, spearheaded organizing the event and served as moderator.
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