This summer, Equal Justice Works will mobilize 100 law students, representing 60 different law schools, to serve in its Veterans Legal Corps (VLC), an AmeriCorps program that helps low-income and homeless veterans secure access to income, housing, employment, and health care.
Through the program, law students, referred to as “Student Members”, will have a unique opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience, engage in community outreach and education projects, deliver presentations on veterans’ rights, and build relationships with community partners to help strengthen support for veterans.
Student Members will work across 60 host organizations and 28 states to serve the veteran community on a wide range of issue areas, many of which overlap—these include affordable housing and evictions, medical-legal partnerships, consumer and medical debt, family law, and more.
Here’s a sample of what of our Student Members will be working on:
Jesse Lieberfield will serve at Bay Area Legal Aid, collaborating with the office’s veterans legal services attorney, organizing naturalization clinics for non-U.S. citizen veterans, and providing legal information to family members who may qualify for immigration benefits as a result of the veteran’s military service. Jesse is a student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Tyler McIntosh will provide a broad range of legal services at Iowa Legal Aid, including VA benefits, discharge upgrades, consumer protection, landlord/tenant, wills and power of attorney, child support modifications, and disability law. Tyler is a student at Creighton University School of Law.
Arturo Montoya will assist in legal research to write litigation and policy, and advocate for homeless veterans to provide permanent supportive housing and other benefits. Arturo is a student at the University of La Verne College of Law and will be serving at Inner City Law Center.
Diona Willis will work closely with The Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice to serve low income clients including veterans and their families. She will engage in client interviews and participate in an intensive trial training program. Diona is a student at Florida A&M University School of Law.
We are excited to see what our Veterans Legal Corps Student Members will accomplish this summer. Learn more about the program here.
VLC is an AmeriCorps National program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.