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AG Hawley Announces Advisory Board for New Military Assistance Initiative

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Military Legal Assistance Team will work to serve those who serve


Dec 11, 2017, 10:36 AM


Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the formation of an advisory board to develop the first statewide program in Missouri providing pro bono legal services to current military service members.


Once launched, the Military Legal Assistance Team will be Missouri's first attorney general-led program offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. The program will work closely with attorneys from military bases in Missouri to connect service members with qualifying legal needs to private pro bono attorneys who will provide legal guidance and representation. The new advisory board will determine the guidelines for qualifying legal needs as well as create an attorney recruitment strategy.

Members of the advisory board include: John D. Comerford, Partner, Dowd Bennett, L.L.P., former U.S. Navy officer; Morry S. Cole, President, Missouri Bar, and Partner, Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.; David M. Lowe, Colonel (ret.), former State Judge Advocate of the Missouri National Guard, Principal, David M. Lowe Law Firm; Jason R. Scheiderer, Partner, Dentons; Erwin O. (Erv) Switzer, Partner, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.; John (Jay) W. Simpson, Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.; and Dr. Bucky Buckner, Colonel (ret.) U.S. Army. In addition to the permanent members, the board will work closely with liaison attorneys from Fort Leonard Wood, Whiteman Air Force Base, and the Missouri National Guard Ike Skelton Training Site.


If interested, please contact Scotty Allen, Assistant Attorney General, (573) 751-6733 or at