PRO BONO LEGAL-AID WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS & SERVICEMEN SWINGS BY

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By Terence Way

On Friday and Saturday, 11-12 of May 2018, the OMLA (Office of Military Legal Assistance), spearheaded and created by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, held their quarterly Ask-a-Lawyer program for Las Vegas area veterans and service members. This was held inside the main VA Hospital auditorium in North Las Vegas.

Wait times varied between 30-50 minutes, as each attorney’s time with clients varied. Speaking to a couple of the clients in the waiting area, they seemed fairly satisfied with the available offerings. They ranged from military veterans, retirees, and even spouses of veterans. Many active duty personnel showed up on Saturday for help. Attorneys and Notary Publics were on-site to assist with creating legal documents, wills, and other civil legal matters.

Over 100 attorneys across Nevada were asked by AG Laxalt to donate at least ten hours (a year) to assist veterans and servicemembers.

AG Adam Laxalt was a decorated US Navy officer from the US Navy, while serving as a JAG (Judge Advocate General) in Iraq. His experience with servicemen clients there inspired him to create the OMLA. This is because he had to refer many servicemembers clients to civilian attorneys, which was often a financial and administrative headache for those on military active-duty.

At a recent gubernatorial campaign speech given out in a local marine veteran gathering, Attorney General Laxalt said that OMLA has been able to help over 3000 servicemembers and veterans across Nevada since the program started over three years ago. They have also been awarded two Department of Defense (DoD) “best practice” distinctions related to OMLA.

Besides spearheading the efforts to assist veterans and servicemembers with free legal aid, he seems to be keeping himself very busy. He’s campaigning for governorship across Nevada as the perceived GOP frontrunner. His (Bureau of Justice Assistance) office is attempting to ease the backlog associated with sexual assault victims’ test kits. His (Bureau of Consumer Protection) office is also suing Purdue Pharma, the manufacturers of the opioid oxycodone (branded as OxyContin), for downplaying the risk for addiction amongst other allegations.

For more information on OMLA and Nevada Attorney General matters, please visit:

http://nvagomla.nv.gov/workshops/WorkshopsHome/

or http://ag.nv.gov/.