Farmers Insurance and Foley & Mansfield Helps Veterans with their Legal Needs
The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Veterans Legal Services Project would like to thank the attorneys and staff from Farmers Insurance and Foley & Mansfield for providing pro bono legal assistance to our veterans for the January and February legal clinics. It is through the support of our pro bono attorneys that a difference can be made in the lives of veterans, like Vickeisha.
Vickeisha is a veteran of the United States Army who served honorably for 13 years and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Following her return from service she struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety. Her symptoms worsened over time and without the proper treatment she eventually had to quit her job. Shortly after the loss of her job, Vickeisha was evicted from her home and became homeless.
When Vickeisha sought assistance from the LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project in June 2018, she was facing two citations in Traffic Court dating back to 2011 and 2013. These citations resulted in a Failure to Pay Charge and a Failure to Appear Charge, hundreds of dollars in fines and fees owed, and were ultimately reported to a collections agency. At the time of these citations, Vickeisha was unemployed, homeless and her only source of income was from her disability benefits.
With the assistance of the LACBA Veterans Project, Vickeshia successfully scheduled an arraignment for both citations. Additionally, with the help of motions that were prepared on her behalf, both citations were dismissed and the Failure to Pay and Appear Charges were both recalled.
Vickeisha has strived to make positive changes in her life. Since receiving these citations, she was able to find housing provided by the VASH Program and secure proper medical treatment for her disabilities. In addition, Vickeshia graduated from Los Angeles City College where she earned 3 Associates Degrees including a degree in Business Administration, Administration of Justice and Accounting. She is now a full time student at Cal State Dominguez Hills where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration with hopes to pursue a career in criminal justice. With the help of LACBA’s Veterans Project, Vickeisha’s traffic record is now clear and she looks forward to focusing on her studies without the financial burden of the outstanding citations.
The Veterans Project clinic at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles is held the third Wednesday of each month. The clinic assists Veterans in removing barriers to employment, including cleaning outstanding tickets and warrants and clearing criminal records.
The Veterans Project is also expanding services to include assistance with Discharge Upgrades at the US Vets office in Bob Hope Patriotic Hall every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
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