Hamline News

September 19, 2007

Hamline Community Joins Effort to Provide Legal Assistance to Veterans

Professor Mary Jane Morrison is among a large group of local lawyers who have committed to provide pro bono legal assistance to members of the military, many of whom struggle to regain a place in society after returning from deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries. The pro bono effort is organized by the Minnesota State Bar Association Military Affairs Committee and Minnesota CLE. Hamline alumna and Judge Advocate, Captain Lyndsey Kimber ‘03, 34th Infantry Division Legal Advisor with the Minnesota Army/National Guard, helped to organize and teach a seminar on military legal assistance as part of the effort. (Kimber also was instrumental in establishing the Hamline JAG Practicum.)

It was standing room only on August 2 at Dorsey & Whitney for the half-day seminar, which provided information about the Service Members Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and  Re-Employment Act. Hamline alumna Caroline Palmer '99, with the Minnesota State Bar Association, was one of four attorneys at the event providing additional resources to participants.

Hamline Law student Steve Schemenauer participated in the program by describing his deployment experience in Afghanistan.

Schemenauer recently founded the Hamline Veterans Association student organization, which is seeking contributions for a scholarship fund to benefit Hamline law students who are actively serving in the military or are veterans. Contributions can be made through Hamline's Development Office online or by contacting Bill Martin at 651-523-2472 or wmartin04@hamline.edu.