I’m excited to announce that the Law School will launch a new call center in January to help connect low-income military personnel and veterans with pro bono legal services. In addition, our students will gain valuable experiential learning opportunities through the center, as some of these clients will be referred to the Legal Clinic.The call center is a partnership of the Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project and Capital University Law School. The launch of Capital’s call center will be made possible in part through a $25,000 grant from the Columbus Foundation. The grant will fund a position for a licensed attorney to staff the center on a part-time basis. That attorney will try to find an appropriate pro bono attorney to represent the caller.The Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Call Center at Capital University Law School will provide referral information and brief legal advice and counseling when possible to low income veterans and active duty military personnel in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties. There is a significant unmet need for legal services for these veterans and active duty service personnel. Many of these men and women willingly joined America’s armed forces on our behalf, and some of the legal issues they currently face arose during their service.The center will screen phone calls from veterans and military personnel, assess their legal issues and determine whether the callers are financially eligible for OMVLAP assistance. OMVLAP will then attempt to pair specially trained pro bono attorneys with qualified low-income veterans and active duty military. The call center also will refer some matters each semester to Capital University Law School’s Legal Clinic, which has provided a variety of legal assistance services to low income individuals since 1971. In the clinic, Capital students who hold intern licenses and applicable legal skills work under the direct supervision of licensed practicing attorneys, including those who manage the clinic. The Legal Clinic staff anticipates being able to help up to 25 veterans and active duty military personnel per semester beginning in January.
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