New Veterans Legal Corps will send lawyers and law students to legal-aid groups
Posted Jul 1, 2013 5:15 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Low-income and homeless veterans will be getting legal help from a new program that deploys lawyers and law students to legal aid groups and courts across the country.
Equal Justice Works announced the new Veterans Legal Corps in a press release last week. Funded with money from AmeriCorps, the three-year program will dispatch 36 lawyers and 200 law students to groups such as Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the University of Miami School of Law.
The lawyers and law students will help veterans with issues such as disability benefits, barriers to housing and employment, debt, and family law problems. The first class of Veterans Legal Corps members will begin work in September and will serve for two years. Available positions are posted at the Equal Justice Works website.