American Bar Association Appoints Virgin Islands Attorney Tom Bolt to National Homelessness Commission

CHICAGO, May 31, 2012 – Laurel G. Bellows, President-Elect of the American Bar Association announced the appointment Thursday of Virgin Islands attorney Tom Bolt to the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. Bolt, who is Managing Attorney of the St. Thomas law firm of BoltNagi PC, is a member of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army

According to the ABA, the Commission is charged with:

• Encouraging and assisting in development programs that provide legal and other services to homeless and near-homeless people;

• Educating members of the bar and the public to legal and other problems of poor and homeless people and ways in which lawyers can assist in addressing them;

• Training lawyers to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and near-homeless people;

• Working with ABA entities on issues arising within their jurisdiction that affect poor and homeless people; and

• Working with state, territorial and federal governments to address the problems of poor and homeless people.

Bolt, contacted at his St. Thomas law office noted that he was “honored to be appointed to the National Commission.” With over 30 years of practice in the Virgin Islands, Bolt has twice served as Chair of the Virgin Islands Continuum of Care on Homelessness, the HUD authorized organization of all public and private agencies in the Territory with prevention of homelessness as their mission and was a founder and President of Habitat for Humanity of the Virgin Islands. “It is my hope that I can bring my experience in working with poverty and the homeless in the Virgin Islands to the Commission.” Bolt said. “It is also my desire to work on model state legislation that may address some of the concerns of homelessness throughout the country.”

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional organization in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

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