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October 28, 2008

’Horns for Heroes—Texas Law Veterans Association to Sponsor Free Legal Clinic

The University of Texas School of Law Texas Law Veterans Association (TLVA) will sponsor a free legal clinic for low-income veterans and service members Friday, November 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Travis County Veteran’s Office, 100 N. IH35, #2400.

UT Law student veterans formed TLVA in September 2007 to advocate for veterans, disseminate information on veterans’ benefits, and create a forum for those who support veterans. TLVA has worked over the last several months with event cosponsors, the Travis County Veteran’s Office, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law Texas Law, to organize the clinic. RyanGlover LLP and The University of Texas at Austin Senate of College Councils, Graduate Student Assembly, and Student Government are providing financial support.

Volunteer attorneys recruited by Volunteer Legal Services will provide free legal advice and help on civil matters on a walk-in basis to low-income Active Duty Service Members, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans, and their immediate families. Law students will manage the event and assist the volunteer attorneys. Cases not resolved at the clinic will be reviewed to see if further legal services can be provided at no charge. TLVA and the other clinic cosponsors hope to hold additional clinics in 2009.

“This clinic has been in the works since the TLVA’s founding last fall. The amount of support that the school administration and others have given us has been phenomenal,” said Sam Denton, TLVA co-founder and President. “This is the first step to establishing a program that will strengthen the legal support system for veterans in the Austin community. All of the students who are participating in this are incredibly excited.”

“The Law School is proud to support TLVA in this effort,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center, “We are so impressed with the students’ commitment to helping veterans in our community.”

For more information about the Veterans Law Clinic, call the Travis County Veteran’s Office at (512) 854-9340.

Related links:

Texas Law Veterans Association

Travis County Veteran’s Office

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Press Contact: Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7068, eharrington@law.utexas.edu.