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SOURCE McDonald Hopkins LLC
New initiative to provide free legal advice and referrals to low-income veterans
CLEVELAND, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald Hopkins, working with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Veterans Administration Community Referral and Resource Center, has developed a new initiative to provide free legal advice and referrals to low-income veterans in need of help. This unique collaboration – conceived by Anne Owings Ford and R. Jeffrey Pollock, co-chairs of the firm's Pro Bono and Public Service Committee – is the first of its kind in Cleveland, and connects low-income veterans with our volunteer lawyers to deliver direct legal advice and recommend a course of action. The inaugural Clinic, held May 7, 2014, was a rousing success.
"McDonald Hopkins has a long history working with Legal Aid on innovative pro bono projects," said Ann McGowan Porath, Managing Attorney of Legal Aid's Volunteer Lawyers Program. "The firm has helped serve the community by focusing efforts on particular vulnerable populations Legal Aid helps. Now, with this special clinic for U.S. Veterans, McDonald Hopkins again demonstrates its leadership in pro bono service and creative programming. We are thrilled the firm is a close partner!"
The Clinic follows a brief advice and referral clinic model, whereby veterans who have been pre-identified by Legal Aid meet with our attorneys in person on a one-on-one basis. We evaluate their cases and provide legal counsel, so they can proceed confidently towards an appropriate resolution.
The McDonald Hopkins Veterans' Pro Bono Clinic is offered every four to six weeks at the VA Community Referral and Resource Center located at 7000 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Veterans seeking legal assistance can refer to the schedule posted on the Legal Aid Society's website for screening information, as well as specific dates and times (www.lasclev.org).
To learn more about McDonald Hopkins' pro bono efforts, please visit: https://www.mcdonaldhopkins.com/pro-bono.
About McDonald Hopkins
McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with a more than 80-year history. The firm has offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach, as well as a subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, which is based in Washington, D.C. and led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services.
For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit mcdonaldhopkins.com.
Deborah W. Kelm
McDonald Hopkins LLC
600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100
Cleveland, Oh 44114
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