April 18, 2012
The legal profession and members of our armed forces share a mission to honor and protect the laws of our state and nation.
Last Thursday, attorneys and Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium (OMBAC) leaders went to basic training at the Rickenbacker Air Force Base. As part of the Columbus Bar Association and Ohio National Guard co-sponsored event, over 70 legal professionals from private and public practice, as well government employees, learned how to best assist military service members in any civil legal matters they may be experiencing as a result of their active duty status. Practice areas most common to the needs of service members are family, bankruptcy and real property.
Columbus Bar committee chairs for these, and other substantive committees, were in attendance at Rickenbacker and will share details of what they learned with their practice area groups. Both the Ohio National Guard and the Columbus Bar have legal pro-bono service programs with the mission of matching military personnel with attorneys. The program at the Columbus Bar is called Civil Legal Assistance for Soldiers and Sailors (CLASS). To get involved contact She'lia Bolding, Lawyers for Justice Coordinator at email@example.com or 614/221.0754. The Columbus Bar works in concert with Guard representatives who manage the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) program.
Thank you to Columbus Bar member Colonel Duncan Aukland for his efforts in bringing this event together.
Photos courtesy of Bryan Griffith, Jill Snitcher McQuain, and Shannon Zee Cross