Fall VLEG Clinic Surpasses Expectations, Provides Legal Services to Over 40 Veterans
During the event, law students and attorneys worked together to provide legal assistance to more than 40 veterans, doubling the impact that VLEG clinics have accomplished in the past. Services provided included assistance with criminal matters, bankruptcy assistance, child custody, business start-up assistance and more. In addition, 15 wills were written and executed.
“The VLEG Fall Legal Clinic was an overwhelming success, surpassing its goals of assisting veterans and raising awareness,” said third-year law student Connor Hickman, president of VLEG. “Despite challenges, the team’s adaptability ensured a smooth operation.
“The clinic received tremendous support from the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the community, with veterans expressing deep gratitude for the services provided,” Hickman continued. “This event serves as a testament to the positive impact that VLEG can make in the lives of veterans in need.”
Prior to the event, VLEG members attended the Veterans Stand Down event as part of their awareness campaign. In addition, they sent flyers and information to various stakeholders, including the VFW, Veterans Affairs, South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the State Bar Association, for weeks leading up to the clinic and collaborated with the Small Business Administration to reach a broader audience.
“It is a privilege and delight to work with VLEG,” said Tamara Nash, director of experiential learning. “Through bi-annual clinics, critical legal services are provided to veterans and their families. VLEG is a phenomenal example of student-led service. These students exemplify dedication, hard work and commitment to learning and service. Under the leadership of VLEG President Connor Hickman, the group has continued its long history of extraordinary student leadership.”
The day after the clinic, VLEG students formed two teams to participate in the Black Hills Veterans march, a 16-mile walk that pays tribute to the sacrifices of veterans both past and present.