During Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic were recognized during a special presentation held during the second quarter of the Baylor vs. Oklahoma football game on Saturday, November 16 in Waco. Honored on the field during the game was Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Priscilla Owen, JD ’77, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht. Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Founder and Executive Director, Professor Bridget Fuselier, JD ‘98, Clinic Director Josh Borderud, JD ’09, along with Texas Access to Justice Foundation Chair Dick Tate and Executive Director Betty Balli Torres.
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“We are deeply grateful to the veterans of our armed forces, who throughout our nation’s history have made our freedoms, and our way of life, possible,” stated Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben, “We are honored, through our Veterans Clinic, to serve those to whom we owe the blanket of security that makes the work of our profession and our system of justice possible.”
In mid-November, Baylor Law’s Veterans Clinic participated in ‘Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week,’ and hosted a free legal advice clinic for veterans and their spouses at the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop, on Friday, November 15 from 2-5pm.
Since its creation in 2012, the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has provided free legal services and advice to over 1,300 veterans and their spouses. Over 250 Baylor Law students have gathered facts from clients, conducted research, drafted wills and pleadings, and argued cases in court in support of Central Texas veterans. Due in part to its proximity to Fort Hood, the communities surrounding Baylor Law are home to more than 79,000 veterans, many of whom cannot afford to hire an attorney.
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