McGuireWoods lawyers and staff partnered with Wells Fargo and Charlotte
Center for Legal Advocacy to help military veterans prepare critical legal
documents at a free Wills for Warriors program held June 18 at the
Charlotte VA Outpatient Clinic.
Sixteen veterans from Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus counties were paired
with volunteer attorneys who helped them prepare wills, living wills and
power-of-attorney documents. McGuireWoods staff served as notaries and
witnesses and provided technical support. To prepare for the clinic, the
firm hosted a CLE training session for volunteers May 7.
Clients included a Navy veteran and his wife who recently moved to North
Carolina from Florida and needed to update their wills, and an Air Force
veteran who sought assistance with his will and power of attorney after
previously receiving help through Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s
Veterans Legal Services Project.
“We were proud to sponsor the Wills for Warriors clinic and to express our
gratitude to these veterans for their service and sacrifice,” said Wells
Fargo attorney Mandy Schuller, who helped coordinate the clinic. “We look
forward to continuing our partnership with Charlotte Center for Legal
Advocacy and McGuireWoods to help veterans in our region.”
Wells Fargo’s Matt Morrison and Cassidy Estes-Rogers, the senior attorney
in charge of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s Veterans Legal Services
Project, also played key roles in organizing the clinic.
The McGuireWoods team included senior counsel
Angela Zimmern, the firm’s pro bono director, and partner
Jodie Hermann Lawson, who leads the firm’s veterans pro bono work in the Charlotte office.
Jill Crawley Griset,
Kevin McGinnis and
Janie Sellers; associates Anita Foss and
Heryka Knoespel; counsel Rick Conner,
Jeremiah Jenkins and
Luke Quinlan; senior paralegal Antoine Robinson; on-site support technician Joe Lohr;
practice assistant Joan Bartley; and event planner Jane Shenigo also
volunteered time to make the clinic a success.
McGuireWoods has earned numerous national and regional honors for pro bono
The National Law Journal
selected the firm for its
2019 Pro Bono Hot List, citing landmark court victories and innovative partnerships with
corporate clients to assist legal aid organizations. The firm has
Veteran Lawyers Network, led by partner
John Thompson and associate
Rebecca Gantt, to strengthen pro bono efforts to assist military veterans.