EDWARDSVILLE — Two days of free legal appointments will be provided to veterans in honor of Veterans Day and in gratitude for their service, the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee announced.
This year, the 30-minute appointments will be provided Thursday, Nov. 10, and Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Madison County Law Library in the lower level of the Madison County Courthouse, 155 N. Main St.
“The veterans’ subcommittee, chaired by Associate Judge Sarah Smith, who is also in the military, is concerned over the many homeless and needy veterans in Madison County,” said Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder, chair of the Pro Bono Committee.
To meet their needs, Smith and Amy Morgan of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation also maintain a list of volunteer attorneys who will assist veterans with their legal needs.
Providing legal advice and services targeting veterans is a worthwhile and important addition to pro bono programs. The pro bono committee already provides free legal appointments two days per month in the Legal Advice Clinic at the courthouse. Those appointments are open to low-income individuals who do not have attorneys and cover any civil or family law subject. Members of the veterans’ subcommittee wanted to highlight assistance to veterans near Veterans Day to thank them for their service and to help provide for their legal needs.
The goal of the legal advice targeting veterans is to recognize their contributions to society, along with explaining services available to veterans. Veterans may contact Lauren Jansen at (618) 296-4472 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment between 9 a.m. and noon or between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, or Tuesday, Nov. 15.