March 25, 2020: Despite this challenging time for all related to COVID-19, VLS is focused on continuing to build capacity to serve our veterans in the months and years to come. VLS is hiring a Communications & Development Director. This is a new position within VLS. Please share the job posting. All candidates should apply per the instructions in the posting. Thank you and best wishes for the health and safety for you and your families.
March 16, 2020: Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, VLS’s in-person clinics are temporarily suspended. Office staff is working remotely. Please call 857-317-4474 if you are in need of assistance and VLS’s staff will do their best to provide information and resources.
March 5, 2020: VLS, along with the Harvard Veterans Legal Clinic, WilmerHale, and OUTVETS release study: Turned Away – How VA Unlawfully Denies Health Care to Veterans with Bad Paper Discharges. This study received coverage in a Washington Post article and will be used to advocate for change.
January 8, 2020: Tomorrow, VLS attorneys Anna Richardson and Eve Elliott with co-counsel Skadden will appear before the MA Supreme Judicial Court to argue for a right to counsel in civil contempt proceedings. A win in this case would have a significant positive impact for low-income veterans. Read more here. Want to live stream the argument? You may do so here.
December 6, 2019: VLS is hiring! Two positions are open: Pro Bono Director and Senior Staff Attorney. Please help spread the word…we’re looking for the best of the best to join our congenial and growing team to serve our veterans. UPDATE: As of January 16, 2020, we are delighted to report that both of these positions have been filled. Stay tuned to learn about VLS’s newest team members!
November 27, 2019: VLS gives thanks this holiday season, as do the veterans VLS serves. Read a quote from a VLS client and view the list of VLS’s generous 2019 event supporters here!
November 20, 2019: VLS held its 2019 annual fundraising event tonight, honoring the Veterans Legal Services retired Pro Bono Director, Lynn A. Girton. Thank you to Mintz for hosting and for the influx of support from the legal community and beyond!
November 7, 2019: VLS Co-Executive Director & Chief Counsel, Anna Richardson, was awarded the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women in the Law Award. Congrats Anna…well deserved!! Read more here.
October 2, 2019: VLS co-directors Anna Richardson and Sarah Roxburgh were awarded Co-Lawyer of the Year Award by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. Thank you for this incredible recognition! Read more here.
September 23, 2019:VLS Senior Staff Attorney Jessica Youngberg will be presenting at the Boston Bar Association on amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, which will help veterans in reorganizing their debts. Panel on October 15, 2019. Info here.
September 18, 2019: Save the Date — VLS announces annual event date for the evening of November 20, 2019. The event will honor VLS’s recently retired Pro Bono Director Lynn A. Girton. Watch your email for details!
September 12, 2019:VLS is hiring a Legal Assistant/Administrator, with the position to be filled immediately! Job posting viewable here.
September 9, 2019:VLS co-directors Anna Richardson and Sarah Roxburgh have been selected as Co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray American Inn of Court! Inn members are invited to the awards dinner on October 2, 2019. Press release available here.
December 17, 2018: VLS is actively seeking attorneys with family law and landlord/tenant expertise to join its pro bono panel. Vets have urgent needs in these areas! Ltd. Assistance Rep. encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 10, 2018: Training announcement! Are you a MA lawyer who wants to help ensure our veterans have stable housing this winter? Would you benefit from some training before taking a pro bono case? Free landlord/tenant training on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at Boston Bar Association. Info and RSVP here.
November 1, 2018: VLS hosts 2018 annual gala, featuring honoree Jim Koch, Brewer and Founder of Samuel Adams. The event raised over $220,000 for VLS programs.
July 7, 2018: VLS featured on WEEI Sports Radio Network’s Boston Community Affairs show, with VLS’s Anna Richardson interviewed by Alex Reimer. They discussed the problems that plague U.S. veteran care. Listen here.
June 2018: VLS, Harvard Law School, and OUTVETS, release Do Ask, Do Tell, Do Justice: Pursuing Justice for LGBTQ+ Veterans, a summary report on the April 2018 two-day summit.
June 19, 2018: VLS announces 2018 gala sponsorship opportunities. Join us to help ensure our veterans have access to the professional support they need. View opportunities here.
June 6, 2018: VLS board member and speechwriter Jackie Fearer was featured in The Boston Globe for helping U.S. Navy veteran Will Hatley tell his story. Check out the article here!
June 4, 2018: VLS has been selected by Social Venture Partners Boston as its singular 2018 Grantee! This is an extremely competitive grant and will provide three years of funding AND three years of intensive consulting to strengthen VLS to enable it reach more veterans. Read more here!
May 21, 2018: VLS is thrilled to announce Jim Koch, Brewer & Founder of Samuel Adams, as its 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient. The Award will be presented at VLS’s annual gala on November 1, 2018–mark your calendars! Invitation and sponsorship opportunities to follow.
April 23, 2018: Congrats to VLS board member Jackie Fearer for being winning a 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award! Jackie drafted the speech that veteran Will Hatley delivered at VLS’s 2017 annual gala. Congrats Jackie–we are beyond fortunate to have you on Team VLS!
April 19-20, 2018: VLS co-hosts a two-day summit on the unique issues faced by LGBTQ+ veterans. Read more here.
February 20, 2018: VLS is honored to have been selected for the 2018 Reginald Heber Smith Award for Excellence in Legal Services by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly! VLS will be presented with the award at MLW’s annual award dinner on March 1, 2018. Information about the event is available here.
December 31, 2017: VLS is making progress on the matching challenge from the Colonel Ruby W. and Lavon P. Linn Foundation! Only about $69,000 left to raise to meet the $250,000 matching challenge! Help us not leave any money on the table for our veterans!
December 2017: The Shipley Foundation has just awarded VLS a $50,000 general operations grant! VLS is so grateful to the Foundation for its commitment to services for our veterans.
December 2017: Former VLS summer intern Kristen Cappelli is awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work with VLS for two years following graduation at no cost to the organization. She will begin her fellowship with VLS in September 2018.
November 2017: The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation has just awarded VLS a $10,000 grant to expand services through its legal clinic at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA Medical Center). VLS is so grateful to the Foundation for its support of veterans in need.
October 2017: VLS’s new Skadden Fellow, Pedro-Spivakovsky Gonzalez, has started his two-year fellowship! The Skadden Arps program is extremely competitive; only about 25 law graduates from across the country are selected each year. Pedro is a 2017 Harvard Law School graduate. He will work with VLS for two years at no cost to VLS.
October 2017: VLS is awarded a $10,000 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation to assist veterans in financial crisis and develop a series of educational videos aimed at improving veterans’ financial literacy. VLS is so grateful to the Foundation for its commitment to improving the financial security of our veterans.
September 19, 2017: VLS hosts annual gala featuring Sam Kennedy of the Boston Red Sox, Quincy Miller of Eastern Bank, and Will Hatley of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, raising approximately $240,000 to support VLS’s operations.
September 8, 2017: VLS provides services to more than 100 veterans in a single day at this year’s Greater Boston Stand Down.
July 31, 2017: VLS has met the Robert K. Kraft Challenge! Robert Kraft donated $100,000 to VLS over two years and challenged VLS to raise matching funds. His capacity-building grant also enabled VLS to retain Lynn Girton, an experienced Pro Bono Director, to best leverage the private bar. VLS is delighted to report that it has completed the challenge one month early and that Lynn has developed a robust volunteer attorney program.
June 12, 2017: VLS is excited to announce its recent Appeals Court victory in the matter of Lizardo v. Ortega and Department of Revenue, 16-P-1070 (June 12, 2017). VLS brought the appeal on behalf of a disabled veteran who was at risk of relapsing into homelessness when the Court ordered that he pay more than 77% of his Social Security Disability Insurance payments toward past due child support. Attorney Anna Richardson secured a victory in this case, with the Court finding that the veteran and other disabled parents in similar situations are entitled to retain 35% of their Social Security payments to meet their basic needs while still fulfilling their financial obligations to their children.
June 10, 2017: VLS Staff Attorney Jessica Youngberg and Paralegal & Office Manager Hannah Taylor attend the 9th Annual Women Veterans’ Conference in Leominster. VLS is one of many service providers in attendance ready to meet the unique needs of women veterans in Massachusetts.
April 2017: VLS establishes a Technology Committee to support VLS in its overhaul of its technology infrastructure. The Committee is to be chaired by Michael McCarron, who brings a wealth of technology experience to VLS and who served as an officer in the United States Army.
February 2017: VLS is awarded a $95,000 two-year grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to assist our community’s most vulnerable veterans, including LGBTQ+ veterans, women veterans, and minority veterans. Read more here.
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