2013 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, L.G. Corder
Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid of West Virginia
City, State: Clarksburg, West Virginia
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
The Veterans Legal Project provides free legal services to low-income veterans. Some of the areas of law addressed include: family law, housing and foreclosure issues, debt collection, landlord/tenant law, and estate planning. We conduct informative clinics and also provide direct representation. We have ties with other agencies in the community to establish a network of holistic service. We are working on partnering with a local VA Medical Center to accompany their community clinic program that is operated out of a Rural Mobile Health Clinic vehicle to better reach out to our more rural population.
Belington, West Virginia
Making the connection:
I had a great Professor that has been instrumental in social justice programs in West Virginia who wrapped up our last class by telling us to ask ourselves if they are here for us or if we are here for them. I've got your answer, Professor.
Surviving law school:
I joined a law school group called Public Interest Advocates that raises money for summer legal interns working in social justice. They hold a themed annual auction to raise money and I dressed up as WWII pilot one year and as Peter Pan another. Keeping it fun keeps you in it. Besides, who doesn't want to fly?
The Catcher in the Rye. Who needs a reason? Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Seriously, who can wait that long for a movie?
Anything with news or laughter in it.
Words to live by:
"Ain't nothin' to it but to do it." - Ronnie Coleman