Rule 6.1 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct suggests that lawyers provide 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year. One area in which pro bono services are needed: helping our veterans.
Last Friday, and in anticipation of Veterans Day, President Bob Carlson blogged on the ABA’s work to ensure that our veterans can access legal services, including the services necessary to secure the benefits to which they are entitled. The post includes many tips on how to get involved in pro bono efforts on behalf of veterans.
For those of you who don’t know her, I’m proud to use this opportunity to introduce you to Katelyn Atwood. Katelyn practices law in Rutland and is a fellow member of the Vermont Bar Association’s Board of Managers.
From 2014-2016, Katelyn served as the Vermont Bar Foundation’s Poverty Law Fellow. She focused on establishing the Vermont Veterans Legal Assistance Program (“VVLAP”). Today, VVLAP remains an ongoing project in Vermont Law School’s South Royalton Legal Clinic.
Katelyn – today I thank not only our nation’s veterans. I thank you too – for your tireless efforts to raise awareness as to our veterans’ unmet legal needs.