Civil Legal Services for Veterans and Their Families
About the Center
The Veterans Law Center (VLC) is a free walk-in legal clinic to serve low-income veterans and their families. Brief legal advice, information and referrals on a variety of civil legal matters are provided by volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students. Additionally, staff from the Dane County Veterans Service Office provides information about military benefits and other resources available to veterans.
The University of Wisconsin Law School Pro Bono Program, in partnership with the Dane County Bar Association, and the Dane County Veterans Service Office developed the Veterans Law Center in 2012. Funding is provided by Habush, Habush & Rottier S.C., Porchlight, Inc., the State Bar of Wisconsin, and Zion Lutheran Church.
Having a central resource for veterans seeking legal assistance helps alleviate the challenges faced by local veterans. Fewer veterans miss out on receiving quality legal information simply because they are not sure where to go for help. VLC serves as this central resource and it consistently provides accurate legal information for veterans in need.
Note: If you have concerns regarding veterans' benefits, your county Veterans' Service Office (VSO) should be your first point of contact. Every county in WI has a Veterans' Service Office. In Dane County, the VSO is located in the City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703), and can be reached at (608) 266-4158.
Veterans Advisory Board
The Veterans Advisory Board is the VLC's oversight committee. Its purpose is to offer helpful insight to the VLC on how to maintain and improve the program's operations. The Veterans Advisory Board's members are as follows:
Committee MembershipDan Connery, Veterans Service Officer, Dane County
Jason Johns, Wisconsin Legislative Strategies
Kevin Magee, Managing Attorney, Legal Action of WI-Madison
Karen McKenzie, Former VLC Administrator & Attorney Coordinator
Steve Schooler, Director, Porchlight
David M. Stegall, Local Attorney
Ed Zapala, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist, VA
Ex Officio MembershipBen Kempinen, Faculty Advisor, UW Law School Pro Bono Program
Marsha Mansfield, Faculty Advisor, UW Law School Pro Bono Program
Laura Smythe, Director, UW Law School Pro Bono Program