2015 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Richard Morris
Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid of West Virginia
City, State: Morgantown, West Virginia
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: AmeriCorps; Legal Aid of West Virginia
Richard Morris provides legal services to U.S. veterans concerning a wide array of issues such as social security and disability, family law, and estate planning. He consults with community organizations to ensure that at-risk veterans are provided with necessary services. His goal is to ensure that any veteran who meets our criteria is provided with quality legal services that they would otherwise would not have access to.
Need Addressed By Project:
The need Richard will be addressing is that of providing free quality legal services to U.S. veterans. His role will include representing and advocating for veterans who have legal issues. These issues range from family law issues, to expungements, public benefits appeals, social security claims. Richard will be an advocate for veterans by working within the community and with other organizations that provide services so that he can ensure that any veteran who faces a legal obstacle will have the assistance they need.
In the next six months, Richard Morris plans to: • Engage within the community any and all assets available to provide comprehensive assistance to veterans. • Coordinate with non-profit organizations at the grassroots level to get the word out that free legal assistance is available to veterans. • Represent veterans in administrative hearings and processes to help his clients navigate the complex labyrinth of bureaucratic agencies in order to achieve positive results.
The Right Person For This Project:
Richard Morris is the right person for this project because: • He has always committed himself to public service and to making his community a better place by working within it to foster positive change whether it’s here in West Virginia or in Wisconsin where he’s originally from. • He has been an advocate in law school for children while working in the WVU College of Law Child and Family Advocacy clinic. • He has volunteered as a hospice care worker, and before attending law school, worked on behalf of autistic children and their families as both an educator and advocate.