United States: Ropes & Gray’s Pro Bono Efforts Support Veterans
Last Updated: November 24 2014

The Boston Bar Association (BBA) recognized Ropes & Gray as one of four firms in Boston supporting the BBA's Military Legal Help Line initiative by agreeing to accept referrals from the service. Veterans, military personnel and their families are invited to use the BBA's Military Legal Help Line to connect with government agencies, legal services and attorneys with specialized training to assist with bankruptcy, employment, family law, estate, benefits and tax matters.

In covering the one-year anniversary of the Military Legal Help Line program, BBA Week asked Ropes & Gray's litigation associate Michael Homer (Boston) about the work he does to assist veterans. Mr. Homer, speaking on behalf of himself as well as the greater Ropes & Gray team, responded:

"I do pro bono work for low-income veterans who are unable to afford the legal services they require and deserve. I also help connect veterans needing legal assistance with my colleagues eager to give back to those who have served through Ropes & Gray's partnership with Veterans Legal Services (VLS). Ropes & Gray is proud to work with VLS, a local legal aid organization that provides free legal advice and representation to low-income and homeless veterans in the Greater Boston area."

In recent years, the firm has demonstrated a commitment to serving veterans in the community through the efforts of attorneys like IP litigation partner Paul Schoenhard and government enforcement associate Stacy Tromble (both of Washington, D.C.), who have played instrumental roles in advocating for disabled veterans seeking compensation commensurate with sacrifices made in military service. Mr. Schoenhard and Ms. Tromble worked with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and both filed successful appeals with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, securing remands for their respective clients. Additionally, Mr. Schoenhard serves as a member of the Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and teaches a course on veterans' affairs law at the American University Washington College of Law. 

With Veterans Day upon us, the firm remains steadfast in its commitment to serving active-duty and retired veterans. In speaking with BBA Week, Mr. Homer reinforced the firm's dedication to assisting veterans and adapting to their most pressing legal needs, saying, "This Veterans Day, VLS will be visiting Ropes & Gray to discuss the legal challenges that veterans face, and ways in which our attorneys can continue to help local veterans in need."

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