This Veterans Day, Baylor Law is proud to announce it has assisted over 1,600 veterans and their spouses through its Veterans Clinic.
The Coronavirus pandemic has intensified the need for affordable legal assistance for many of Central Texas’ Veterans. When facing legal issues, be it a pending lawsuit, a family law issue, or a bankruptcy crisis, Veterans or their spouses often have nowhere to turn or have insufficient income to hire an attorney. Since its founding in 2012 by Professor Bridget Fuselier, Baylor Law’s Veterans Clinic has worked to make a difference in the lives of local veterans by offering a comprehensive model of combined legal and social services in partnership with the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop in Waco.
Free legal advice clinics are offered monthly at the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop, and now, given the current pandemic, services are offered virtually. Baylor Law students have assisted veterans with a myriad of legal issues ranging from family law, to consumer debt and bankruptcy issues, to real estate disputes. In many instances, Baylor Law students, faculty, and staff provide limited legal assistance, and then refer clients for continuing legal services to a network of local pro bono attorneys. In other instances, the clinic provides full-service legal representation and takes cases in-house, with students handling a client’s case, under attorney supervision, all the way through resolution.
“The current pandemic has strengthened our commitment to serve our local veterans,” said Josh Borderud, Director of Baylor Law’s Clinics, and added “It is an honor to be able to work alongside a group of dedicated Baylor Law students and local attorneys who are devoted to offering critical legal services to honor those who have served our country.”
Unlike other law school clinics, Baylor Law students receive no course credit for the volunteer work they do at the Clinic. Additionally, Baylor Law does not require its students to work at a clinic to graduate. The students who volunteer do so simply out of a desire to serve. The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic is funded by a grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
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