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Volunteer Clinic for Veterans partners with VA to provide pro bono service

Emory University School of Law |
Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (ELVCV)
Erik Johnson 18L, Amy Keeney, Alaina Reukauf work with veterans to offer pro bono legal services

In the spirit of the holiday, this Veteran’s day the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (ELVCV) partnered with the Atlanta Veteran Affairs Medical Center to offer deserving veterans pro bono legal services. During the Veterans Day event, volunteer attorneys and Emory Law students drafted medical directives and powers of attorney for veterans and their family members. In all, more than thirty people received free legal assistance.

The veterans, a number of whom fought during the Korean and Vietnam wars, suffered multiple disabilities associated with their service. To capture their unique legal and medical needs, teams of volunteers worked individually with veterans to draft documents that matched their circumstances.  The volunteers also connected the veterans with other agencies that could assist with their additional legal needs.  The veterans expressed great gratitude for Emory University School of Law, ELVCV, and each of the volunteers.

This event also offered an invaluable experience for Emory Law students. The students received training on medical directives and powers of attorney from Tyler George, ELVCV student administrator and gained hands-on experience under the supervision of astute legal professionals. Students had the opportunity to network with attorneys from numerous private and pro bono law firms and were able to serve those who have served our country.  

The event was coordinated by Keely Youngblood, ELVCV senior fellow, and Gwen Ramos of VA Volunteer Services.  The volunteer attorneys included Juan Davalos, Max Eichelberger, Amy Keeney, Alaina Revkauf, and Claire Sherburne.  The student volunteers were Carmelle Alipio 19L, Rashmi Borah 20L, Frederick (Erik) Johnson 18L, Tyler George 19L, Tyler Greenwood 18L, and Adrienne Wimberly 18L.

The Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans regularly provides pro bono legal service to those who have served our country with the legal issues that they face, including assisting them and their families with disability benefit claims both before the Veterans Administration and in subsequent appellate proceedings.