Veterans Law Clinic

New clinics enable students to help veterans, gain experience

Mitchell students have a new opportunity to help veterans while gaining real-world experience. This fall, Mitchell’s Veterans Assistance Organization (VAO) will begin a collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), offering free follow-up legal help to veterans who are referred to them from the MACV’s free drop-in clinics.

Professor J. David Prince

Professor J. David Prince

“There are gaps in veterans’ services,” says Professor David Prince, faculty supervisor for Mitchell’s Veterans Law Externship. “Providing a follow-up type of service fills one of those gaps.”

Prince says many veterans who go to a MACV clinic don’t always get all the help they need that particular day. “We don’t want to duplicate the MACV’s work,” he says. “This is for veterans who have a problem that’s going to take more time or is too complicated to handle with just one visit.”

Mitchell’s veterans’ assistance clinics will be by appointment and staffed by students, recruited by the VAO, under the supervision of a practicing attorney. They will focus primarily on family law issues. All students are welcome to volunteer—there’s no academic credit, but there are plenty of other benefits.

“This is a chance for students to do some community service, provide assistance for veterans, and get experience dealing with real clients,” says Prince.

The clinics begin Sept. 21, 2013 and will be held every other Saturday at 11 am during the academic year. For more information email wmcl.vao.clinic@gmail.com or call 763-205-3179.