ATHENS – A free virtual law clinic for Georgia veterans will be held March 27th, 9am to 12pm. Veterans in southern Georgia can access the clinic through physical locations near the southeast and southwest Georgia / Florida borders, while veterans across the state can connect to services through a webcam or phone.
The Georgia Veterans Outreach Project provides prompt advice and brief service on topics of particular concern to ex-military personnel, including veteran and military benefits and other civil law matters such as consumer, family, housing, housing and other civil law issues, however not criminal matters problems. Co-organizer Alexander W. Scherr, director of the University of Georgia School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic, said the project aims to reach veterans in smaller communities and rural areas of the state where lawyers are not always readily available.
Veterans without access to reliable phone or Internet services can travel to physical locations where the project provides computers for communication with attorneys – who participate remotely using the Zoom software – as well as printers and scanners. The project staff will be on site to provide technical support. Participants are asked to help maintain social distancing and wear appropriate face covering.
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Interested veterans must register in advance for an appointment by calling (706) 542-6439 or emailing email@example.com before noon on March 24th. The registration process helps project staff match participants with experienced lawyers. Once registered, attendees will receive information on how and when to connect remotely or physically.
The Georgia Veterans Outreach Project includes six virtual clinics designed to expand legal counseling to former service members across Georgia. The project previously had clinics in Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.
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Future dates and locations are June 5th – Northwest Georgia (Dalton) and July 10th – Northeast Georgia (Gainesville).
Veterans from other parts of Georgia can attend any of the virtual clinics depending on the lawyers available. Co-organizer Christopher Pitts, director of the Georgia Legal Services Program’s Military Legal Assistance Project, said the goal is to make sure there are enough lawyers who can provide quality advice and guidance.
The Georgia Veterans Outreach Project is a partnership between the Veterans Legal Clinic and the Georgia Legal Services Program and is funded by the American Bar Association.
The School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic is funded by a major gift from renowned litigator and 1977 law school graduate James E. “Jim” Butler Jr., who also supports the school’s Butler Commitment, which is 100 percent veterans law of the student financially supports school enrollment students.