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Top Issues in Military Law Program from Iraq Draws Capacity Crowd



It was standing room only on January 23 when Lyndsey Kimber, a 2003 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and a Captain in the Minnesota National Guard, discussed the legal issues of deployed National Guard and Reserve members. Her presentation was beamed to the Annette K. Levine Moot Courtroom via webcast from her JAG office in Balad, Iraq. She discussed how the military is working with service people and their families as they prepare for deployment, cope with long separations and come back together as families and communities post-deployment.

"The Yellow Ribbon program, which brings military, service members, families and communities together, has improved things by leaps and bounds," she said. "There are new laws protecting service members in most of the states now."

After Captain Kimber's presentation, an all-Hamline law alumni panel comprised of John D. Baker (right), Adam C. Wadd and Sharon Clark-Williams of Baker, Wadd & Williams LLP discussed the myriad issues that veterans face in Minnesota, including military family law issues, veterans' disability benefits claims and the new sentence-mitigation bill for veterans facing criminal prosecution who suffer from combat related mental health disorders. The panelists were physically present in the Moot Courtroom for this portion of the program.

Baker, Wadd & Williams LLP has the stated goal to offer legal services to veterans, service-members, wounded warriors and their families at every stage of their lives, with a commitment to keep "Fighting for Those Who Fought for Us."