Mayer Brown, in conjunction with the City Bar Justice Center and nine prominent New York law firms, has launched a veterans assistance project in New York. Through the project, which will involve monthly clinics, attorneys will provide pro bono legal services to veterans in connection with the filing of claims for disability benefits. While the impetus for establishing the project was the growing medical and psychological needs of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the clinics will be open to veterans of all wars.

The first training session for the clinic was held on Wednesday, November 24, at the New York City Bar, and was led by Michael Taub, an attorney with the Homeless Advocacy Project of Philadelphia who has extensive experience working with veterans. As Mr. Taub noted in a New York Law Journal article, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has estimated that one-third of America's homeless population has served in the military.

More than 75 attorneys are currently participating in the New York project, including six from Mayer Brown - Weston Eguchi, Bradford Jealous III and Adrian Stewart. The next clinic date is Wednesday, December 5.

In addition to the New York project, Mayer Brown is also working with a number of law firms to launch a veterans assistance project in Washington DC. The first training session for the Washington DC veterans assistance project will be Friday, November 16.