Veterans Law Clinic to take part in “Welcome Home” event planned for Media, Pa.
Public Relations - Published: April 26, 2012
VetClinic Welcome Home Promo 235The Widener University Veterans Law Clinic will have an information booth set up at the Welcome Home 2012 Outreach and Awareness Parade event happening Saturday, April 28 in Media, Pa.

Veterans are encouraged to drop by the booth to learn more about the clinic and its services. Law students will answer questions about the free assistance the clinic provides individuals with disability compensation claims involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Law students who volunteer as clinic interns will also be screening veterans for possible legal representation through the clinic.

The booth will be set up from noon to 5 p.m. in front of the Delaware County Courthouse, along Front Street in Media, in the vicinity of the parade route.

“We are excited to be a part of this community event,” said law student Chris Barrett, who is coordinating the clinic’s presence at the program. “We welcome the opportunity to meet with area veterans and educate them about the resource Widener’s Veterans Law Clinic provides. We also salute the community organizers who have pulled together this worthwhile event in the spirit of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much.”

Widener University was among the first law schools in the United States to start a clinical program for disabled veterans. Through the Veterans Law Clinic, students work under the supervision of practicing attorneys to provide legal representation to disabled veterans and their dependants with Veterans Affairs compensation claim appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals. First known as the Veterans Assistance Program, Widener students began the work in 1997, when the school co-sponsored a program with the pro bono arm of the Delaware State Bar Association. It became known as the Veterans Law Clinic in January 2006 and today serves veterans primarily in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and in a handful of neighboring states, under the leadership of Associate Professor of Law and Clinic Director Justin G. Holbrook.

More information about the event is available through www.welcomehome2012.org. For information about the Veterans Law Clinic at Widener Law visit http://law.widener.edu/vetclinic/.