Allegheny County Bar Association Holds First Military and Veterans Legal Advice Day

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaMarch 6, 2006.  Executives at the Allegheny County Bar Association announced that its first Military and Veterans Legal Advice Day on February 22nd generated approximately 600 phone calls during the four hour call-in program.  Military personnel, their families and veterans were able to talk to attorneys from the Allegheny County Bar Association about legal issues they were experiencing.  The program was held on KDKA-TV from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to Bob Racunas, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “We were honored to partner with our friends from PNC Bank and KDKA-TV to offer this program to our military, their immediate family members and our brave veterans from the Iraq War to World War II.  We know that legal situations or questions may arise when a loved one is overseas or even stationed in another state, and we want to do everything we can to at least help to alleviate this one worry.  We also know that our proud veterans often have unique legal needs that our attorneys are trained to handle.”

The Military and Veterans Legal Advice Day complements the Allegheny County Bar Association’s recent organization of a Military and Veterans Legal Affairs Committee, which is made up of attorneys who will look at ways to better address the legal needs of our military and veterans.

About 30 percent of the calls received on April 22nd involved veteran benefits issues, but attorneys also assisted with a wide range of issues, including employment law, bankruptcy, wills and living trusts, family law.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators and paralegals.