, Muskogee, OK

September 21, 2013

Lawyers work to give back

Area attorneys join in Oklahoma Bar Association Day of Service

By Thad Ayers
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Attorneys in Muskogee, McIntosh and Wagoner counties are giving back to the communities they serve.

Some worked on community buildings, made donation or free legal help to veterans for the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Day of Service.

Justin Stout, a Muskogee attorney with the firm Wright Stout & Wilburn, gave a hallway at the Women in Safe Home a new paint job Friday. The county bar association president said members initially discussed making a donation.

“We did talk about cutting a check and decided this was a better play,” Stout said.

OBA President Jim Stuart asked counties to give back to their communities during the service days Friday and today. Sixty county bar associations statewide are involved in 57 projects in their communities.

Acting Muskogee City Attorney Matthew C. Beese, who was painting with Stout, said doing these projects helps people out. He also added it gives people a chance to get to know legal professionals on a different level.

“A lot of attorneys see themselves as serving a need or cause,” he said. “It’s kind of a natural extension.”

Members of the McIntosh County Bar Association will exercise their legal expertise to help American veterans today.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., about five county attorneys will provide free legal assistance to at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8798 in Eufaula.

Deborah Reheard of the Eufaula-based law office bearing her name said veterans often face legal troubles of all kinds after returning from deployments.

“Lawyers have special skills for those who have honorably served our country,” she said. “Hopefully we can help them with any legal issues they have.”

She said experts will be available to help with those who have been in all facets of the military.

“Our members are grateful and eager to provide legal assistance to those who have sacrificed so much for our community and country,” McIntosh County Bar Association President J. Christopher Bone said in a media release. “We look forward to visiting with the veterans of McIntosh County at the upcoming event.”

The Wagoner County Bar Association donated an office document management system and supplies to the Cross Roads Community Church.

This was to help the church bring back the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Wagoner County, according to a media release.

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