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“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never
otherwise have occurred… unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have
come his way.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Veterans Strategic Legal Resources, Inc.
Manage the quantity and quality of Veterans Services.
Accountability. Be accountable for the quality of service to the Veteran.
Quality. Manage for quality through staff relationships and practice systems.
Extraordinary. Deliver extraordinary results from ordinary cases.
Productivity. Manage for productivity through personnel performance appraisal systems and experimentation.
Strategic management on project goals.
Clarity. Clarity of purpose and strategy with bold community goals
Effectiveness. Do only what actually makes a difference for Veterans.
Collaboration. Community partnerships on innovative projects.
Entrepreneurial management for growth.
Local funding. Be known, be responsive, and build on local relationships.
Comprehensive. Add program features for high quality and high Veteran volume.
Go to. Funders turn to a program with strong reputation and deep trust relationships.
Pro Bono Resolution
RESOLVED; that the Board of Directors hereby adopts the following resolution and urges local bar associations to adopt similar resolutions:
WHEREAS, there is an increasingly dire need for pro bono legal services for the deserving and disadvantaged veteran; and
WHEREAS, the federal, state and local governments are not providing sufficient funds for the delivery of legal services to the deserving and disadvantaged veteran; and
WHEREAS, lawyers should ensure that all members of the public have equal redress to the courts for resolution of their disputes and access to lawyers when legal services are necessary; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Supreme Court Justice – Lewis Powell, Jr., stated during his tenure as President of the American Bar Association “Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade
of the Supreme Court building, it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society". It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists…it is fundamental that justice should be the
same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.
WHEREAS, “Model Rule 6.1 of professional Conduct of the American Bar Association”, a lawyer should aspire to render at least fifty (50) hours of pro bono public services per year” Rule 6.1
further urges that lawyers provide a substantial majority of those hours without fee expectation of fee to persons of limited means or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and
educational organizations in matters designed primarily to address the needs pf persons of limited needs.
RESOLVED; that the Board of Directors, Veterans Strategic Legal Resources, Inc;
(1) Urges all attorneys to devote a reasonable amount of time, at least 50 hours per year,to provide or enable the direct delivery of legal services, without expectation of compensation other
than reimbursement of expenses, to deserving and disadvantaged veterans, or to not for-profit organizations with a primary purpose of providing services to the poor or on behalf of the poor
or disadvantaged, not-for-profit organizations with a purpose of improving the law and the legal system, or increasing access to justice;
(2) Urges all law firms and governmental and corporate employers to promote and support the involvement of associates and partners in pro bono and other public service activities by
counting all or a reasonable portion of their time spent on these activities, at least 50 hours per year, toward their billable hour requirements, or by otherwise giving actual work credit for these
(3) Urges all law schools to promote and encourage the participation of law students in pro bono activities, including requiring any law firm wishing to recruit on campus to provide a written
statement of its policy, if any, concerning the involvement of its attorneys in public service and pro bono activities; and
(4) Urges all attorneys and law firms to contribute financial support to not-for-profit organizations that provide free legal services to the poor, especially those attorneys who are precluded
from directly rendering pro bono services.
VSLR - Constitution
ARTICLE 2: PERPETUAL VISION
§2.1 To Uphold and Provide Services to Veterans in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
§2.2 To Assist Veterans of the Armed Forces to convert their concerns into meaningful action to maintain or restore protections guaranteed under the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.
(b) Amendment I (US CONSTITUTION)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
(c) Amendment VI (US CONSTITUTION)
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and District wherein the crime shall have been committed, which
District shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory
process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
(d) To inspire in our membership a sense of responsibility and to develop leadership for the preservation of our American democratic way of life.
(e) To cooperate with all duly recognized existing Veterans organizations in the furtherance of the aims of the Veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
(f) To ensure the orderly return and the protection of the Veteran to civilian life by protecting the rights of individual Veterans.
(g) To expedite and assist in the rehabilitation of Veterans by maintaining legal services, transitional services, and employment services; sponsoring educational opportunities; providing
counsel on insurance, housing, recreation, personal problems, hospitalization and Veterans benefits.
(h) To act as a liaison agent between the Veteran and the government.
(i) To provide an organization to encourage fellowship among all American Veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States
(j) To keep the public forever reminded that the American Veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during and since World War II fought and served to
preserve peace, liberty and democracy for their nation.