Dispatch From Cambodia: Legal Support for Women and Children

This is a blog post from Caroline Riss, MLSA Staff Attorney, who is in Cambodia on exchange to assist with a legal organization.I arrived in Cambodia safely and was met by our hostesses Soeum Soren and Soken at the airport. The seventeen hours of flying was a bit rough but so worth it!My first day …

On the Way to Cambodia

This is a blog post from Caroline Riss, MLSA Staff Attorney, who will be in Cambodia on exchange to assist with a legal organization. Tuesday, August 7, 2012 I left Helena this morning at 6 am and landed in Seattle at 8 am. My next flight leaves at 2 pm for Korea and then off to …

MLSA Staff Attorney to Assist With Legal Organization in Cambodia

From Caroline Riss, MLSA Staff Attorney:I have been invited by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center (MC) of The University of Montana (UM) to travel to Cambodia for three weeks in August. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Women’s Empowerment Exchange Program for Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. “The …

National Public Health Week and Medical-Legal Partnerships

This week, April 2-8, is National Public Health Week. Health care is obviously a major issue nationwide, and many overlapping issues exist between a person’s health, legal rights, and economic status. One approach to addressing these overlapping issues is a medical-legal partnership. In this kind of partnership, a medical provider refers patients to a partner …

Valentine’s Day Tax Help for Veterans

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the state will give priority to veterans who need help preparing their tax returns this Valentine’s Day.  Participating sites are located in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Butte, Kalispell, Havre, Hamilton, Miles City, and Helena.  To qualify for services, the veteran must have less than $50,000 in household income …

Montana Supreme Court Accepting Comments on Two Proposals

The first is the proposed creation of a pro bono appellate program.  The proposed program description states that the Court and its staff may, after briefing is complete, identify issues where additional briefing with the assistance of an attorney to a self-represented litigant would be beneficial to the Court.  Then the Court’s Pro Se Law …

National Roof Over Your Head Day

This Saturday, December 3, is National Roof Over Your Head Day, a day of appreciation for the things we have, including the roof over our heads.  As Montana enters the winter season, shelter from the cold, ice and snow becomes increasingly important.  Helena residents are currently planning a “Longest Night” event on December 22 to …

Veterans and Military Families

As Veterans’ Day approaches, it is important to remember that veterans, people currently serving with the Armed Forces, and families of veterans and military personnel often have legal issues.  There are laws and programs that only apply to veterans and military families, such as Veterans Administration benefits and associated regulations.  Other times, a veteran or …

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission

This post is by guest author Matt Dale, Director of the Montana Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, as part of the MLSA Advocacy Blog’s focus on domestic violence issues this October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. MLSA thanks Matt for this contribution.This October we remember those who have died at the hands of their …