On Nov. 5, fifty-five veterans received free legal assistance at Hofstra Law. This one-day Veterans Legal Clinic was hosted by the Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP), an initiative of the student-run Veterans Law Student Association.
About 40 students, including about 15 first-year students, and 19 volunteer attorneys, many of whom are Hofstra Law graduates — including several who were involved in VLAP while they were students — assisted clients with filling out intake forms and coordinated appointments with the attorneys.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the students and grateful to the attorneys who gave their time today,” says Jennifer Gundlach, clinical professor of law. “I was especially heartened to watch so many of our students spending time just chatting with the vets while they waited for their appointments — it means a lot to them.”
VLAP was developed in 2013 by students, including students who served in the military, who wanted to provide military veterans with legal services. To date, the project has provided more than 350 military veterans with free legal services.
“It was truly rewarding to not only assist an unprecedented number of veterans but to see all our student volunteers actively involved and enthusiastic throughout both the planning and execution of the clinic,” says Shelby Grynberg 3L, president of the Veterans Law Student Association. “It is our goal that the project increases its outreach and continues to help even more veterans resolve their legal matters in future clinics.”