Veterans would have greater access to the legal help they need, under a plan unveiled Aug. 10 by the American Bar Association. “These are men and women who have singed a piece of paper saying they would die for us, for our country, in defense of our liberty. When our justice system fails these people, we as a profession must answer our own calls and oath on their behalf,” said ABA president Linda Klein. The ABA’s Veterans Legal Services Initiative would include:

  • Using law schools and local bar associations to promote using legal-service “incubators,” and training new and underemployed lawyers on relevant
  • laws that apply to veterans.
  • Pairing lawyers and medical professionals. Such teams would work together to assist veterans, as well as their families and care providers.
  • Offering more pro bono legal help, particularly on holidays such as Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day.