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AMVETS Legal Clinic

In January 2009, Chapman University School of Law launched the AMVETS Legal Clinic, a pro-bono legal clinic for military service personnel unlike any other on the West Coast. The program provides experience to law students and free legal representation to veterans, service members and their families. In just two short years the clinic has had tremendous success and has made a huge impact in the lives of active duty service members and veterans. Second- and third-year students at Chapman handle all facets of cases, under the supervision of professors who are former JAG Officers, themselves.

By Spring 2011, the AMVETS Legal Clinic, had assisted over 70 clients, had 90 students participate in the program and had recovered approx. $4.6 million in compensation and benefits for active and retired military and their families. The AMVETS Legal Clinic focuses on assisting with the following types of matters: Traumatic Service Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) appeals, discharge upgrade applications, Veterans benefits appeals, and basic civil legal claims such as a landlord tenant dispute.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: California
  • Area of law: Veterans
  • Populations Served: Military/Veterans
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Other Case Load Requirements: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client intake and screening
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Redactar borrador o traducir documento legal
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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