UDM Law to establish Veterans Appellate Clinic

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announced Tuesday that it would create a new Veterans Appellate Clinic course beginning this fall. The new Veterans Appellate Clinic will provide free legal representation to low income veterans with cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).

For the past three years, UDM Law’s Veterans Law Clinic has been dedicated to providing assistance to Michigan veterans appealing their denied federal benefits claims at the Regional Office and the Board of Veterans Appeals. In UDM Law’s new Veterans Appellate Clinic, students will provide assistance to veterans who are appealing their denied claims to the CAVC.

“We’re thrilled to expand our veterans’ assistance to the court level,” said Tammy Kudialis, Director of UDM’s Project SALUTE.  “We believe it’s important not only to provide this service to those who have served our country, but to educate and train our students to practice before the CAVC so our veterans can rely on them in the future as well.”

The CAVC has reported that 68 percent of all new cases filed at the Court are self represented veterans. The goal of the new clinic is to assist in reducing that number. To that end, second and third year law students, working under the supervision of UDM faculty, will begin providing representation to veterans at the CAVC this fall.  

As part of UDM Law’s commitment to serving the community and developing practice ready graduates, all UDM law students are required to participate in a clinic while in law school.

Veterans interested in participating in this new clinic should call our toll free number at (888) 836-5294 to schedule an appointment.

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