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The halls and classrooms of your favorite law schools are becoming a lot more green—and we are not just referencing more environmentally friendly schools. We’re talking about more military veterans gaining admittance to top tier universities through Service to School.
In 2014, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates urged law schools to establish legal clinics to serve veterans. Dozens of law school veterans clinics have since opened or are in development. There are various models for law school veterans clinics. Some law school clinics focus on helping veterans who enter
The question seems simple: How do we address veterans' legal needs and other intersecting issues? Attempting to answer that question would be like peeling an onion – one layer after another. Veterans Administration National Coordinator Jessica Blue-Howells suggested reliance on service providers like the VA, specifically touting the benefits of the
Attending the Access to Justice for Veterans conference at Pepperdine Law was eye-opening. The conference was meant to advance the understanding of veterans issues and showcase and discuss the need for improvements and expansions of services for veterans from both the VA, non-profit organizations, and student-run clinics at law schools.
Pepperdine University School of Law recently hosted the Access to Justice for Veterans: Coordinated Responses of a Grateful Nation conference. The conference featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a special screening of the film “Thank You for Your Service.” Both the presenters and attendees
The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) is a not-for-profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993. NOVA represents more than 500 attorneys and agents assisting tens of thousands of our nation's military veterans, their widows, and their families seeking to obtain their earned
Felix Smith came into the Veteran’s Service Office location of the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics (MVLC) in Milwaukee, Wis., to receive legal advice regarding a contract he signed for improvements in his home. Smith was able to attend the Veteran’s Service Office location because of his service as a pilot in World
On Sept. 9, my clinic partner and I volunteered to conduct intake for veterans at the Ann Arbor VA hospital. It was the first time the Veterans Legal Clinic at Michigan Law was doing something of this sort, so we really did not know what to expect. Nonetheless,
At the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, student advisors are developing practical legal skills through a live-client clinic providing pro bono legal services to veterans, servicemembers, and their families. The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) represents clients in both civil matters,
When I graduated from law school and moved with my family to another state, I had very little hope of finding a community that could relate to both the challenges of military life and the demands new attorneys face. Needless to say, I was overjoyed to discover that the newly
A message from ABA President Linda Klein: As lawyers, we are citizens who are called on to promote justice and the rule of law in our communities. As a follow-up to my remarks to the House of Delegates in August (
The American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct state that “every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay” and suggest that lawyers should aspire to perform at least (50) hours of pro bono services per year. Therefore, most law schools encourage their
While many people network to get a job, that’s not the only reason to meet new people. Networking as a law student, regardless of whether you have a job or not, is an opportunity to make use of the strength of weak ties.
Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide. I’m sure this is a statistic everyone has heard at this point. On May 27, the third annual Ruck of Honor: A Tribute to Fallen Heroes will kick off in Chicago. This ruck march will have teams and individuals marching 22 miles with
By Javier Centonzio. Almost daily I talk to at least one person who regrets never having served in the military. They offer several reasons that prevented them from joining and serving, but my response is always the same. It is never too late to serve your country and there are several