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Scott Sharp is the Staff attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender. He was a Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5) in the Navy, 1988-1993
“‘Leave no one behind.’ It is clear to me that ‘fallen’ doesn’t just mean in battle. Soldiers can leave the battlefield, but the battlefield doesn’t leave them. I see in every veteran I help a sliding door version of me that did not fare so well. When I help a veteran I am helping someone who I could easily be/become/have been me. These thoughts, and Robin Williams’s quote ‘Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always’ inspires me to do more, to be kind, and to keep helping where able. Thank you.”
Champion’s Job Responsibilities:
Helping houseless veterans (or those at risk of losing housing) remove legal barriers to improving their housing status and/or employment status. Typical activities involve legal representation in landlord/tenant issues: debt issues; criminal record clearing through expungements or felony reduction hearings; and other issues plague homeless veterans in our area.
Why Sharp was nominated for the Veteran Champions of the Year in Corporate America Award:
Nominee is the only veteran/attorney in this position. As a combat veteran many of the issues facing homeless veterans are familiar to nominee and nominee can relate well with the veterans who qualify for these non-profit legal services. Nominee actively consults other non-veteran attorneys with veteran clients. Nominee publicly helps even non-qualifying veterans on a pro-bono basis through free legal clinics and area Stand Down events. Nominee has been in this position for 2.5 years and part of Metropolitan Public Defender since 2004.
Working partners: ImpactNW; Transition Projects; Non-partner associations: Easterseals; VA; Oregon Bar Association; California Bar Association; Military Panel of the Oregon State Bar; CRRC Portland