The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has a long and proud tradition of advocating for equal access to justice for all New Yorkers in civil matters through a combination of government-funded legal services programs and voluntary pro bono service by private practitioners. The Department also provides assistance and educational training programs for attorneys employed by legal services organizations and oversees a number of attorney recognition programs that promote, recognize, and honor pro bono service by individual attorneys and law firms. The Department works with many of the Association’s sections and committees to encourage their voluntary participation in pro bono projects.

Mission Statement

The Committee will work to develop programming regarding, increase awareness of, engage in advocacy for and enter strategic collaborations to support the legal issues and needs of military personnel and Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families (the “Military Community”).

In developing programming and increasing awareness, the Committee will work with other Sections and Committees of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) and other legal services organizations to offer training and information as well as to expand the breadth of knowledge with respect to the rights of, and to evaluate, understand and address legal issues  on topics of particular relevance to, the Military Community, ensuring that the attorneys serving the Military Community have the tools needed to be most effective in that representation. Such

Committee on Veterans topics would include family law, employment law, benefits, health law, criminal matters, financial protections, business operations, etc.

In engaging in advocacy, the Committee will work to identify State and Federal legislation that impacts the Military Community and address needed changes or additions and work with NYSBA’s Public Policy professionals to communicate those needs to the appropriate legislative bodies. In entering strategic collaborations, the Committee will work with both other Sections and Committees of NYSBA and with other organizations working with and for the Military Community to expand the reach of the Committee’s work, collaborating with them on new programs and efforts and identifying and supporting the existing programs and efforts of those groups. Such collaborations will aid in the Committee’s effort to help the Military Community access appropriate and effective legal representation and to provide relevant information on legal rights and services both to the Community and to the attorneys who serve them.

(Revised Jan 2020)

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Committee Roster

Veterans 2 – S6712/A8602


Approved by the House of Delegates in November 2012.

Committee Awards

Judge Robert T. Russell Veteran Advocate of the Year Award

The New York State Bar Association Committee on Veterans seeks nominations for the Judge Robert T. Russell Veteran Advocate of the Year Award. The Committee wishes to recognize an attorney who has positively
impacted and/or has provided exemplary services to current and retired members of the U.S. Military in New York State through Legislative and/or Legal Advocacy. The services performed may be by New York admitted attorneys, or those in other jurisdictions whose efforts support service members and/or veterans in New York State.

Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2024

Award Presented: Award will be presented in November 2024.

Prize Awarded: The recipient will receive a recognition award and a complimentary one-year membership with the Association.

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