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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Open New Clinic to Benefit Veterans and Law School Students

Story Contact(s):
Nathan Hurst, hurstn@missouri.edu, 573-882-6217

WHAT:
The University of Missouri School of Law is opening a new clinic that will help veterans and give law students real world experience. The new Veterans Clinic at the MU School of Law will help veterans and their families secure disability benefits. MU law students will be supervised by experienced attorneys throughout the process and will have the opportunity to work in a law firm atmosphere within the law school serving real client needs. Law students interested in personal injury, civil litigation or administrative law will benefit from the skills taught at the clinic.

The clinic will include a weekly lecture for students on substantive law relating to veterans’ benefits, followed by work with actual veteran files. In addition, students will:

  • Interview clients, witnesses and medical personnel.
  • Research and develop the law and facts of the case, draft pleadings, and prepare briefs.
  • Interact with other practitioners in the area of federal veterans law, thereby encouraging networking developments.
  • Be encouraged to become members of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) and to attend one of the NOVA conferences, which are held twice annually.

WHO:
Speakers at the opening ceremony include:
Gary Myers, dean of the MU School of Law
David Myers, Deputy Director for Case Evaluation Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

WHEN & WHERE:
1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3
Courtroom, Hulston Hall
MU campus

 

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