FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2010
Contact: Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor
Phone: (602) 340-7310, Mobile: (602) 908-6991
Email: tim.eigo@staff.azbar.org

Campaign to Create Veterans Court the Focus of Arizona Attorney

PHOENIX -  Prolonged and intense combat have increased the severity of harm done to U.S. soldiers, and the November issue of Arizona Attorney magazine features stories that explore how lawyers and judges are assisting those who have served in harm's way.

Arizona Attorney's special section "Homeland Justice for Veterans" includes stories that explore efforts to launch a specialized court dedicated to veterans and their needs. The first article was written by Craig Logsdon and Michelle Keogh, attorneys in the criminal defense group at Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Logsdon and Keogh chronicle a veteran's struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its effects on his civilian life in the article "Uncommon Criminals: Why Veterans Need Their Own Court." It leads the reader on a journey from a veteran's time on the battlefield to the legal challenges he faces due to criminal activity attributed to his war-related PTSD. It also dissects the current justice system, reveals its disconnect with veterans, and argues why a veterans court would work.

The second article, written by Nicole Kasem and lawyer Jon Paladini, reports on the State Bar of Arizona's commitment to addressing the legal needs of veterans through the creation of its Military Legal Assistance Committee. It is led by attorney Gregg Maxon, a retired Army General.

In the final article, Steve Gonzales, Associate Professor of Law and the Director of Experiential Learning at the Phoenix School of Law, announces two new programs housed at the law school aimed at helping veterans-the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic and the Veterans Tax Clinic.

"Veterans have always deserved our country's best efforts when they return stateside," said Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor. "Conflicts in recent years have heightened the number and severity of their injuries, and the legal community is doing what it can to assist those who have served."

The striking art for the cover and feature stories was created by nationally renowned artist Val Bochkov. It was commissioned by Arizona Attorney magazine to illustrate the November issue's veteran-related stories.

Arizona Attorney magazine is published 11 times per year by the State Bar of Arizona. It provides articles on substantive legal issues, professional trends and feature profiles.

The full article is available at www.azbar.org/azattorney/.


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