Bank of America and Bryan Cave will provide a pro bono legal clinic for veterans through the Lancaster Library in Antelope Valley, located in northern Los Angeles County, Calif.
“Speaking for the bank volunteers, I know each of us will walk away from the day satisfied we have made a positive impact on the lives of veterans,” said David Brooks, associate general counsel at Bank of America and Southern California regional chair of the legal department’s pro bono committee. “It will be a privilege to serve those who have served our country.”
In partnership with Public Counsel and OneJustice, participating attorneys and paralegals will meet with veterans on Aug. 2 to conduct client intakes concerning benefit claims and misdemeanor criminal record expungement issues. Public Counsel, the world’s largest pro bono public interest law firm, and OneJustice, an innovation lab on legal services, work together to increase access to legal services for those in need across California.
The Bank of America and Bryan Cave team will serve veterans through the Justice Bus, which transports volunteers to rural, isolated or underserved communities where specific legal experience is needed most. Public Counsel and OneJustice will identify the clients for the clinic and provide the training for Bank of America and Bryan Cave attorneys and paralegals.
Bank of America legal professionals routinely donate pro bono services in local communities every year. This is the company’s first veterans’ project in partnership with Bryan Cave.
Bryan Cave has a rich history of pro bono representation and regularly offers legal services for persons of limited means and the nonprofit organizations serving them. The firm also undertakes pro bono matters advocating for civil rights, human rights, civil liberties and public rights.
“Our Bryan Cave team is proud to partner with Bank of America on such a meaningful pro bono event,” said Douglas Thompson, managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Los Angeles office. “Rolling up our sleeves to make a difference in our communities is one of our organizations’ core values. Pro bono representation is an important way to achieve change for our veterans and is a critical service in our legal system.”