The Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic recently won two appeals for a Vietnam veteran, and continue to make community impacts. Members of the Clinic will be on hand on Nov. 16 at the Military Appreciation Game Tailgate before the Nittany Lions take on the Hoosiers of Indiana. Prior to the game, Professor Vollmer will be a featured speaker at the Huddle with the Faculty series at 9 a.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn.
The Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic will begin offering free legal consultations to veterans and servicemembers at a Starbucks store located on North Atherton Street in State College as part of the company’s nationwide Military Mondays Program.
With eight J.D. (juris doctor) students, three research assistants and one LL.M. (master of laws) student under the direction of Clinical Professor of Law Michele Vollmer, the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic maintained a rapid work pace throughout the year.
Students in the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, pictured here with Centre County Veterans Affairs Director Brian Querry, have won several awards for veterans since the clinic’s founding in spring 2015.
Penn State President Eric Barron invited the members of the Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic to his tailgate for the Military Appreciation Game against Rutgers on Nov. 11.
“This memorandum will strengthen the partnership between our organizations and help us better serve the men and women who have given so much for our country,” said Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic Director Michele Vollmer, who now leads new membership efforts for the consortium of veterans legal clinics. “We are honored and excited to be a part of this effort.”
“It’s common for me to reach out to former classmates of mine who are also judge advocates if I have a question or an issue. The Penn State community is alive and active in the military.”
“I was learning about the legal injustices that our veterans face at about the same time my cousin came back from serving in the Middle East and faced a lot of those same issues, ultimately passing away. I couldn’t help but think if he’d had the services he needed, he’d still be with us. I realized that I had to do something—a recurring theme in my life.”
The Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic recently won appeals for two Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, earning them both the highest possible disability rating awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.