Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic Makes Real Differences in the Lives of Vets

October 11, 2016

Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic Makes Real Differences in the Lives of Vets

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WACO, Texas -

Since its inception, the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic has provided free legal advice to hundreds of local veterans.

Gulf War veteran Edward Leslie seeking counsel
Gulf War veteran Edward Leslie's landlord would not return his original $500 security deposit after seven years as a tenant at a local apartment complex. The owners ignored our demand letter, so Baylor Law School student Javier Cabanillas sorted through the evidence, drafted the petition, and filed it with the court. When the owners also ignored the lawsuit, we took a default judgment for statutory damages. We then collected the full amount of the judgment from the owners - $1,716.00 - over three times the original deposit. Mr. Leslie, an Army veteran who assisted in the capture of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, wrote to us and said: "I would like to thank the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic for all the professional help and outstanding work that was done with my case." Pictured left to right are clinic director Josh Borderud, Javier Cabanillas, and Edward Leslie.

At our monthly clinics, Baylor Law students assist local attorneys in providing legal assistance to military veterans at the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop located at 2010 La Salle Avenue in Waco. For more information visit the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic website or Veterans Clinic Facebook page

If you are interested in assisting veterans, please contact Josh Borderud, Director of the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic, at

CONTACT: Berkley Knas, Baylor Law Alumni Association

Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at

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